The 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.
Edmonton got on the board
first when Michael St. Croix scored 7:53 into the game to make it 1-0.
The Hawks got that one back at the 11:07 mark when Cam Reid sidestepped
an Edmonton defenseman and fed Gabriel on the doorstep, who buried the
shot to even the game at 1-1, a score that would last through the
The score remained 1-1 through the second, despite
Portland carrying the play for much of the frame and outshooting
It set up a tremendous third period that began
with a goal by Joe Morrow at the 8:44 mark as Portland took a 2-1 lead.
Edmonton responded with a goal by Stephane Legault at the 11:05 mark to
even it at 2-2.
The score remained tied until late in the third,
when Gabriel sealed the win with his second of the game at the 17:21
mark to give Portland the 3-2 win.
Mac Carruth made 30 saves on
32 shots to earn the win in net for Portland. His counterpart, Laurent
Brossoit, stopped 42 of 45 shots for Edmonton.
The Hawks finally
broke the tie at the 8:44 mark of the third when Joe Morrow tipped in a
shot past Edmonton netminder Lauren Brossoit to make it 2-1.
Click to listen to Edmonton Presser PostgameKerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune
For further readings, see the links below:Kris Anderson of the Portland Tribune
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
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.
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
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)