Scoreless in his opening two Western Hockey League playoff games, Vernon’s Curtis Lazar is now on a tear.
Lazar netted a pair, including the winner in the second period, as the Edmonton Oil Kings eliminated the Kootenay Ice with a 4-1 win in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal Friday night at Rexall Place.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder now has four goals in his last three games.
Luke Bertolucci, with the opening goal, and Stephane Legault rounded out Edmonton’s scoring in front of Laurent Brossoit (24 saves).
Jakub Prochazka netted Kootenay’s goal. Mackenzie Skapski had 32 stops.
The Kings will meet the Medicine Hat Tigers, featuring Vernon’s Cole Sanford, in the conference semis.
Zach McPhee, a 20-year-old Vernon product with the Ice, was held pointless in five games.