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Tristan Jarry backstops Oil Kings to Memorial Cup victory

Tristan Jarry signs a team photo during a Memorial Cup celebration last Wednesday in Edmonton. Jarry was the starting goalie for the Edmonton Oil Kings, 6-3 winners over the Guelph Storm in the championship game. - ANDY DEVLIN / EDMONTON OIL KINGS
Tristan Jarry signs a team photo during a Memorial Cup celebration last Wednesday in Edmonton. Jarry was the starting goalie for the Edmonton Oil Kings, 6-3 winners over the Guelph Storm in the championship game.
— image credit: ANDY DEVLIN / EDMONTON OIL KINGS

In his second trip to the Mastercard Memorial Cup, North Delta native Tristan Jarry is a national champion.

Jarry was the starting goaltender for the Edmonton Oil Kings at the four-team Memorial Cup tournament May 16-25 in London, Ontario, and backstopped the Western Hockey League champions to a 6-3 win over the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm in the championship game.

The 19 year-old was also at the the 2012 tournament in Shawinigan, where the Oil Kings lost three of four games. Jarry did not get in a game, serving as a backup to Cloverdale’s Laurent Brossoit in all four contests.

The tournament features the champions of all three Major Junior hockey leagues in Canada - the WHL, OHL and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) - as well as a host team.

The Oil Kings lost two of their three round robin games to earn the third-seed in the three-team playoff. Their lone win, a 5-2 victory over the host London Knights, was sandwiched by losses of 5-2 to Guelph and 4-3 in double overtime to the QMJHL’s Val-d’or Foreurs.

Val-d’or and the Oil Kings had a rematch in a semifinal contest, won 4-3 by Edmonton in triple overtime, with Jarry making 46 saves.

In the championship game, he turned aside 32 shots, including 21 of 22 over the final 40 minutes.

Jarry played in all five games for the Oil Kings, winning three of them with a 2.80 goals against average, second-best in the tournament.

Claimed in the second round, 44th overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Jarry had an outstanding season as a starter for the Oil Kings.

During the regular season, he 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.

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