The Calgary Hitmen march toward the Ed Chynoweth Cup as Western Hockey League Champions came to an end Tuesday night at Rexall Place with a 2-0 loss to the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
The defending champs now move on to face Portland in the league final starting Friday night in Oregon.
The Hitmen started well out shooting Edmonton 7-2 in the first part of the opening period but couldn't find the back of the net.
The Oil Kings then responded with a major push to head to the dressing room ahead 1-0 on the scoreboard and 18-8 on the shot clock. First periods proved to be the achilles heal for Calgary in the series as they were outscored by a combined 13-2.
In the second period Michael St. Croix potted his second goal of the game to give Edmonton a 2-0 lead.
In the final frame Calgary fired nine shots but Laurent Brossoit stopped them all en route to a 26 save shutout.
St. Croix was named the series M-V-P for Edmonton finishing with 10 points in the seven games (4g 6a).
The total series numbers reflect on why Edmonton prevailed outscoring Calgary by a combined 25-16 while out shooting the Hitmen in every game for a combined 275-187 advantage.
Photo Credit: Andy Devlin
Calgary Hitmen 0 at Edmonton Oil Kings 2
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB
0 0 - 0
Edmonton 1 1 0 - 2
1, Edmonton, St. Croix 9
(Legault, Corbett), 14:05.
Penalties-Samuelsson Edm (slashing), 3:42; Virtanen
Cal (roughing), 15:16.
2, Edmonton, St. Croix 10 (Kulda,
Penalties-Virtanen Cal (tripping), 0:04; Humphries Cal
(hooking), 10:22; Samuelsson Edm (slashing), 14:05; Clayton Cal (roughing),
17:36; Moroz Edm (checking to the head), 17:36; Samuelsson Edm (roughing),
Penalties-Kosterman Cal (closing hand on
puck), 12:51; Samuelsson Edm (tripping), 17:54.
Shots on Goal-Calgary
8-9-9-26. Edmonton 18-12-8-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 0 / 4;
Edmonton 0 / 4.
Goalies-Calgary, Driedger 11-4-2-0 (38 shots-36 saves).
Edmonton, Brossoit 12-1-3-0 (26 shots-26 saves).
Vetter (39), Nathan Wieler (18).
Linesmen-Michael Roberts (87), Scott Sharun