WHL Final: Nic Petan, Tristan Jarry face-off for Memorial Cup berth
Two players from North Delta will face-off against each other in the Western Hockey League final which begins Saturday.
Centre Nic Petan of the Portland Winter Hawks and netminder Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings have both played major roles in helping their teams challenge for the championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup national championship tournament later this month in London, Ontario.
The two teams are finalists for the third consecutive season, Portland winning in six games a year ago and the Oil Kings claiming the title in seven games in 2012.
Jarry and Petan were teammates in the BC Hockey Major Midget League with the Vancouver Canadians in the 2010-11 season, before joining their respective WHL clubs a year later as 17 year-olds.
For Jarry, it will be his first championship series as a starting goaltender. He spent the last two as a backup to Cloverdale’s Laurent Brossoit, now with the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.
Drafted in the second round, 44th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 National Hockey League entry draft, Jarry has appeared in 63 of the 72 regular season games this past season, posting a 2.24 goals against average and a .914 save percentage with eight shutouts. In 14 playoff games, his 1.86 goals against average ranks second. His two shutouts and 12 victories lead both categories.
Petan tied for the WHL scoring title last season with 46 goals and 120 points in 71 games played. This past season, he placed second with 35 goals and 113 points to finish five points behind Mitch Holmberg of the Spokane Chiefs.
Petan missed 11 games while with the Canadian national team at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Sweden.
In 14 playoff games, Petan has seven goals and 14 assists. He was named Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week on Tuesday after netting four goals and three assists in three games against the Kelowna Rockets.
Petan was drafted one selection prior to Jarry, taken 43rd overall by the Winnipeg Jets, and was signed by the NHL club last December.
The WHL final begins in Portland with the first two games Saturday and Sunday. The series will resume in Edmonton Tuesday and Wednesday.