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WHL: Oil Kings' first playoff appearance cut short by Hitmen

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The Canadian Press
3/26/2009 12:56:46 AM
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The Edmonton Oil Kings' first ever appearance in the Western Hockey League playoffs was a short one.

Kris Foucault scored twice and the Calgary Hitmen completed a sweep of the Oil Kings in their WHL quarter-final series with a 4-1 win on Wednesday.

Kyle Bortis and Brandon Kozun also scored for Calgary.

Brent Raedeke replied for Edmonton.

It was the third game in a row the CHL's top-ranked team fired over 40 shots at Edmonton netminder Torrie Jung as he turned aside 39 of 43 shots.

Over the four-game series, Jung saw 187 pucks fired his way.

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Lethbridge 2 Saskatoon 1; Brandon 4 Kootenay 3; Medicine Hat 5 Swift Current 3; Vancouver 3 Prince George 2; Kelowna 5 Kamloops 3; Tri-City 4 Everett 2; and Spokane 3 Seattle 2.

At Edmonton, the Oil Kings opened the scoring on the power play at 11:14 of the first. Robin Soudek stripped Alex Plante of the puck and fed Raedeke with a cross-ice pass for a goal past beaten goaltender Martin Jones.

Tomas Karpov had Calgary's first chance with six minute left in the opening period but was denied after Jung flashed the glove out to catch a tip attempt from 10 feet out.

Karpov made amends with an assist 1:47 into the second when his wrap-around attempt instead slid across to Foucault left wide open on the other side of the net.

Foucault scored his second of the period at 18:22, splitting between Mark Pysyk and Henrik Tervonen, then pulling the puck across the net and tucking it between Jung's pads for the 2-1 lead.

Two quick third period goals by Calgary buried the game. Bortis picked up a loose puck in the slot and squeaked it through Jung's pads at 7:06. Just 33 seconds later, Kozun flicked the puck over Jung's glove four feet out of the crease to make it 4-1.

Jones turned aside 19 shots for Calgary.

Hurricanes 2 Blades 1

At Lethbridge, Alta., Zach Boychuk scored twice and the Hurricanes beat Saskatoon to tie their series 2-2.

Gaelan Patterson replied for the Blades.

Game 5 is Saturday in Saskatoon.

Wheat Kings 4 Ice 3

At Cranbrook, B.C., Brayden Schenn scored with less than three minutes to go to break a 3-3 tie and give Brandon a first round series sweep over Kootenay.

Matt Calvert, Andrew Clark and Brodie Melnychuk also scored for Brandon.

Andrew Bailey, with two goals, and Kevin King replied for Kootenay.

Tigers 5 Broncos 3

At Medicine Hat, Alta., Tyler Ennis scored three goals as the Tigers beat Swift Current and evened their series at 2-2.

Bretton Cameron added a pair of goals for Medicine Hat.

Brown, Dillon Wagner and Taylor Vause replied for the Broncos.

Game 5 is Friday in Swift Current, Sask.

Giants 3 Cougars 2

At Prince George, B.C., Lance Bouma had two goals as Vancouver completed a four-game sweep of the Cougars.

Jon Blum had the other Vancouver goal, and Tyson Sexsmith made 26 saves for his fourth playoff victory.

Greg Fraser and Marek Viedensky scored for Prince George.

Rockets 5 Blazers 3

At Kamloops, B.C., left-winger Jamie Benn scored one goal and set up three others as Kelowna finished a sweep of the Blazers.

Tyler Myers, Ian Duval, Stepan Novotny and Tyson Barrie also scored for the Rockets, who, including the regular season, went 13-0 against the Blazers.

Colin Smith, C.J. Stretch and Kenton Dulle replied for Kamloops.

Americans 4 Silvertips 2

At Everett, Wash., Mitch Fadden and Jason Reese each had a goal and an assist, helping Tri-City to a 2-1 series lead over the Silvertips.

Justin Feser and Johnny Lazo also scored for Tri-City.

Zack Dailey and Tyler Maxwell scored for the Silvertips.

Game 4 is Friday in Everett.

Chiefs 3 Thunderbirds 2

At Kent, Wash., Ondrej Roman scored a power play goal in the second period and goaltender Dustin Tokarski made it hold up as Spokane took a 3-1 series lead over Seattle.

Justin McRae and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Chiefs.

Jim O'Brian and Jeremy Schappert replied for Spokane.

Game 5 is Friday in Spokane, Wash.

Calgary Hitmen (Photo: TSN)

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