Brossoit named WHL Championship series MVP
EDMONTON, AB -- After the Edmonton Oil Kings claimed the WHL Championship on Sunday night with a 4-1 win over the Portland Winterhawks, netminder Laurent Brossoit was named the series MVP.
"It's a dream come true," the Flames prospect told the assembled media. "You never really think about what it would feel like to be in this position. Now I have and I couldn't even put it into words and explain it to you guys.
"It's honestly just amazing."
Portland's torrid offence was the greatest challenge Brossoit faced in the WHL playoffs. The Winterhawks forward lineup boasts the top three scoring leaders in the WHL postseason with Sven Baertschi, Ty Rattie and Marcel Noebels and they routinely put 25+ shots on Brossoit.
However, in Game 7, the Oil Kings tightened up defensively and absolutely smothered the Winterhawks in all three zones. Brossoit only faced 20 shots on Sunday night - his lightest workload since Game 4 of the first round when the Kootenay Ice managed just 15 shots on net.
"My team played amazing for me," Brossoit told CBC afterwards. "Defensively, I thought it was our best game of the series.
"I had to make some easy saves and that's what it was. It was a team game and we won as a team."
The 19 year-old has been rock solid for the Oil Kings throughout the regular season and playoffs. He set a new career-high in wins with a 42-13-5 record during the 2011-12 campaign, posting a 2.47 GAA and a .914 save percentage. In 20 playoff appearances, Brossoit went 16-4-0 with two shutouts to his name. Heading into the Memorial Cup tournament, his postseason GAA sits at 2.04 while his save percentage is .933.
The Flames selected Brossoit in the sixth round (164th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.