Oil Kings have 2-0 series lead
The Edmonton Oil Kings keep rolling in the WHL playoffs as they defeated the sixth ranked Brandon Wheat Kings in game 1 and game 2 this weekend to give them an early 2 game series lead in their Eastern Conference semi finals match up. (Edmonton defeated Kootenay 4-0 in their opening round series).
Edmonton, took game 1, 2-1 and were led offensively by Kristians Pless and Dylan Wruck and the home side could have really blown the game open if it wasn't for Corbin Boes who stood on his head in the Wheat Kings net to keep them in the game. Early on the shots were 33-14 Edmonton as they made Boes work overtime without having to play four periods!
Brandon in the 3rd were able to turn up the heat on Laurent Brossoit and got one past him courtesy of Brodie Melnychuk but he was able to shut the door on the attack that squad from Manitoba threw at him in the 3rd period to get another post season victory.
Game 2 saw more jump from Brandon as they got on the board first thanks to Michael Ferland scoring less than a minute into the frame. Edmonton came close to equalizing with Michael St. Croix sprung in on a break away just a few minutes later but he put the puck over Boes.
With Brandon holding onto their 1-0 lead going into the 2nd frame they tried to pull away from the Oil Kings but Bronsoit wouldn't let that happen on his watch as he turned away Brandon shot after Brandon shot.
The Eastern Conference regular season champs would tie the game up thanks to Kristians Pless but that tie wouldn't last as Brandon got another quick goal, this time from Alessio Bertaggia. Once again though the Brandon lead wouldn't last as Edmonton proceeded to score three unanswered goals which came from Pless, Travis Ewanyk, and Jordan Peddle to give a 4-2 lead to the Oil Kings.
The Wheat Kings did get one back as the 2nd ended as Bryan Pollick scored a buzzer beater to beat Bronsoit but that would be as close as Brandon would come as Bronsoit would shut the door again as the other Oil in town took game 2, 4-3.
Post game audio (Game 2) with Brandon Wheat Kings head coach Cory Clouston
The series now shifts back to Brandon for game 3 and 4 on April 10th and 11th.