Jung Impressive Again in Loss

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/23

WHL Playoffs – 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 Hitmen’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, it’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 isn’t one to complain. And let’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 – a team that averaged a league-best 4.5 goals per game.

As Guy Flaming, host of the Edmonton radio program “The Pipeline Show”, said, Jung has been playing “out of his mind.” Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News said Jung “put on another show.” Calgary coach Dave Lowry has obviously taken notice, too, as he said the Hitmen’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 – 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) – on Wednesday night.