Oil Kings keeper Jarry to play in Memorial Cup
For the second time in three years, Tristan Jarry will be at the Memorial Cup.
But this time, the North Delta native will be one of the keys to success for the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Jarry was in goal for Edmonton Monday night in Oregon, making 32 saves while backstopping the Oil Kings to a 4-2 win over the Portland Winterhawks in the seventh game of the Western Hockey League (WHL) final.
It was the 11th time in the 48 year history of the WHL the final went to a seventh game. The Oil Kings are the first team to win a deciding contest on the road.
WHL champions in two of the past three seasons, the Oil Kings will play in the four-team Memorial Cup national championship tournament May 16-25 in London, Ontario.
At the 2012 tournament in Shawinigan, the Oil Kings lost three of four games.
The Oil Kings begin play Saturday at 1 p.m. (PDT) against the Ontario Hockey League champion Guelph Storm, then fill face-off against the host London Knights Sunday night at 4 p.m.
They will face the Val-d’or Foreurs, champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The tournament’s playoff round has the second- and third-place teams in a semifinal Friday night (May 23), with the winner to play the first-place team Sunday afternoon (May 25).
Barring the unexpected, Jarry will get the start in every game for the Oil Kings over the next week, continuing a trend that began very early this season as he played in 63 of 72 games.
During the regular season, the 19-year-old had a 2.24 goals against average with eight shutouts while winning 44 games. He led the league in all three categories.
Jarry, who had played just 27 minutes in the WHL playoffs prior to this season, started all 21 postseason contests for the Oil Kings. He won 16 games while posting a 2.19 goals against average with the league-high three shutouts.
BLUE LINES: Another North Delta native, Nic Petan, just missed out on a second trip to the Memorial Cup. Petan, 19, was also playing in his third consecutive WHL final but was in the lineup for the runner-up Winterhawks. He was fourth in the WHL postseason scoring race with seven goals and 28 points in 21 playoff games.