EDMONTON — Laurent Brossoit may or may not be in the Moose Jaw Warriors' heads, but he is definitely in the hearts of Edmonton hockey fans.
Brossoit took a bow to chants of "L.B." after making 48 saves in his Oil Kings' 6-1 Game 2 win.
"It's a big confidence booster for me to know that my fans have my back," said Brossoit who had his initials chanted at Rexall Place after every big save. "It gives me more energy in the game."
He needed all of the energy he could muster as the Warriors threw 30 shots at him by the midway point of the game. The Oil Kings have had a lot of time between series and Brossoit was thankful for every off day.
"The rest (between series) helps, but I was pretty tired out there. You can't not be tired," said Brossoit. "We weren't the disciplined out there in the second period. We were on the PK for awhile there and the five-on-three kind of killed me a bit. We train in the off-season for games like this."
The 49 shots he faced was the most he had since his first WHL start.
Brossoit made 49 saves in a 2-1 loss to Kootenay in his second career appearance on Mar. 13, 2010 when he was 16.
Brossoit's best save came when he went to full stretch to rob Quinton Howden on what looked like a tap-in in front of the net. Brossoit stayed strong down low and got his pad on James Henry's two rebound attempts on the same sequence.
"That's the way hockey goes. You hit a hot goalie and that's the way it goes. We just have to keep creating chances," said Howden.
"You want to be rewarded for the chances that you're getting, but we're in the right direction if we're getting pucks to the net. So we're doing something right."