Oil Kings Game Review

CRASH CAMERON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

GAME GRADES

OVERALL: C+

Offence: D

Defence: B

Goaltending: A

Power play: C

Penalty killing: B

Toughness: B

Effort: A

THREE STARS

1. Kris Focault, CAL

Scores early and late in the second, starting the Hitmen bus that will take them to the next round.

2. Tomas Karpov, CAL

The Czech centre was pretty much everywhere Foucault was last night.

3. Torrie Jung, EDM

The most repeatable headline of the series: "Jung stellar in loss"

WHY THEY LOST

Because, against a team like the Hitmen, it was inevitable.

BIG FIGHT

Trying to spark his team, Brett Breitkreuz got most of the shots in on the Hitmen's Alex Plante during a long bout 1:22 into the game, despite giving up three inches and 18 pounds to the Oilers draft pick.

BAD CALL

No offence to Hitmen goalie Martin Jones who was named CHL "goalie of the week." But it was a boneheaded decision clearly made by somebody sitting in a CHL office looking only at stats. Credit to Jones - it's easier said than done to stay sharp between the pipes when the action is at the other end. His best saves have been clutch. But Oil Kings goalie Torrie Jung made 86 saves (32 and 54) in the first two games. Plus the eligible week included Jung's 2-1 OT win in the playoff-spot clincher at Prince Albert.

NOTABLES

After missing two games for family matters, winger Craig McCallum returned to the Oil Kings lineup last night ... Kings winger Shayne Neigum was a scratch. Team policy says if you take a 10-minute misconduct in the third you sit out the next game ... Czech winger Tomas Vincour (shoulder) was a scratch, too.


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