Jung Impressive Again in Loss
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/23
WHL Playoffs â€“ Round 1
Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 1
Calgary leads Best of 7 series 3-0
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 41 saves on 45 shots, *Second Star*
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-2-1, 3.51 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 48 GP, 20-20-3-5, 2.56 GAA, .912 sv%, 3 shutouts
The story of No.1 Calgary vs. No.8 Edmonton has become less about the Hitmenâ€™s dominance, and more about Torrie Jung. Jung stopped 41 shots Monday giving him 95 saves over the past two games, though as he would likely tell you, itâ€™s the 2 losses over that time that matter most. Getting more than two total goals of support in three games would help the cause, but Jung isnâ€™t one to complain. And letâ€™s be honest, no one expected Edmonton, who squeaked into the playoffs with a tiebreaker win over Prince Albert, to compete with the No.1 ranked team in all of Canadian Junior hockey â€“ a team that averaged a league-best 4.5 goals per game.
As Guy Flaming, host of the Edmonton radio program â€œThe Pipeline Showâ€, said, Jung has been playing â€œout of his mind.â€ Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News said Jung â€œput on another show.â€ Calgary coach Dave Lowry has obviously taken notice, too, as he said the Hitmenâ€™s gameplan was to pepper Jung with pucks. The Hitmen outshot the Oil Kings 45-21, including 17-3 in the first period. They were able to get just one of those 17 shots by Jung, and that came with just a second left in the opening frame.
Jung and Edmonton will attempt to stave off elimination at home â€“ and hopefully in front of a larger crowd (there were 3,500 for the game after a 10,500 average for both games in Calgary) â€“ on Wednesday night.