Brossoit & Wotherspoon to face off in WHL Championship Series
|Tyler Wotherspoon & Seth Jones with the WHL Western Conference Championship trophy. Credit: Tyler Wotherspoon (Instagram)|
CALGARY, AB -- For a second straight year, Calgary Flames prospects Laurent Brossoit (Edmonton) and Tyler Wotherspoon (Portland) will face off against each other for the Ed Chynoweth Cup in the WHL Championship series.
Brossoit and the Edmonton Oil Kings shut the door on the Calgary Hitmen on Tuesday, picking up a 2-0 win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Championship series. Brossoit, the Flames sixth round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, stopped 26 shots to earn his fifth shutout in the postseason and is now sitting second on the WHL single-season playoff shutout list. Only former Vancouver Giant Dustin Slade has more playoff goose-eggs (six) in a single campaign.
The Surrey, BC native also owns the best postseason GAA (1.58) and is tied with Red Deer's Patrik Bartosak for second in playoff save percentage (.941).
Edmonton dispatched Kootenay, Medicine Hat and Calgary to reach the Championship series, losing just four times in their playoff run. Brossoit has stopped 399 of the 424 shots he's faced thus far.
Wotherspoon and the Portland Winterhawks whizzed through the opening three rounds of the WHL playoffs, taking down Everett, Spokane and Kelowna in 15 games. Just like the Oil Kings, the Winterhawks have been very stingy in the goals-allowed department, limiting their opposition to just 24 tallies. While netminder Mac Carruth has put forth his A-game, Wotherspoon and the rest of Portland's defensive corps deserve a lot of credit for the team's ability to neutralize opponents.
Wotherspoon, playing alongside WHL Rookie of the Year Seth Jones in Portland's top pairing, logs a ton of minutes on a nightly basis and is counted on to shut down the opposition's best players. The coaching staff throws the duo out in any situation and they have proven to be dependable game-in, game-out.
The 20 year-old has also been able to provide his club with offence, recording two goals and eight points in playoffs. He set new career-highs in assists (30) and points (37) in the 2012-13 regular season and his seven goals matched a career-best set in the 2012-13 campaign.
Both Brossoit and Wotherspoon, who grew up together and are close friends, inked entry-level deals with the Flames this spring.
Game 1 goes Friday in Portland at 8:00 PM MT.