May 7, 2012, 12:31 amThe WHL Final will come down to a Game 7. The Portland Winterhawks got two goals from Oliver Gabriel as they defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 Saturday in Game 6 of the WHL Final at the Rose Garden in front of a sold out crowd of 10,947, the fourth straight sellout. The series is now tied 3-3.
They trail the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 in the best-of-seven Western Hockey League finals. They've suffered two consecutive heartbreaking defeats.
But the Portland Winterhawks remain unfazed and, vocally, more confident than ever. (MORE)
The Portland Winterhawks' offense has recently been a one-line show. And, without a supporting cast showing up on the scoresheet, the Hawks lost two consecutive games in the Western Hockey League finals and were faced with a must-win game six on Saturday.
But in the midst of dire straights, a fresh face emerged as the hero. (MORE)
Jim Beseda of the Oregonian
Winterhawks left wing Oliver Gabriel knows that one of the best
strategies against a hot goaltender is to just keep throwing pucks at
Eventually, one just might go in.
Gabriel's wrist shot from the right circle slipped past Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit with 2:32 to play Saturday as the Winterhawks staved off elimination from the Western Hockey League championship series with a 3-2 victory at the Rose Garden that evened the series at three wins apiece.
Portland's victory before a sellout crowd of 10,947 forces the series back to Edmonton for Game 7 tonight at Rexall Place with not only a WHL championship on the line, but also a berth in the Memorial Cup. (MORE)