PORTLAND -- The Portland Winterhawks fell 3-2 in overtime to the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings Friday in front of a sold out Rose Garden crowd of 10,947. The two teams will now head to Edmonton for Game 6 Sunday at 3 p.m. Pacific time.
The Hawks struck first off the opening faceoff when Joey Baker rushed the puck into Edmonton’s zone and put a backhand past Oil Kings netminder Laurent Brossoit just 15 seconds into the game to make it 1-0. Edmonton evened the game at the 10:14 mark when T.J. Foster banked a puck off a skate into the net to make it 1-1, which remained the score going into the second.
After a scoreless second period, Michael St. Croix struck for Edmonton 7:01 into the third to give them a 2-1 lead. Down by a goal, the Hawks applied pressure to the Oil Kings and broke through at the 14:05 mark of the third when Brendan Leipsic roofed a backhand over Brossoit to tie the game at 2-2, setting up overtime.
In the extra frame the Hawks pushed for the winner and had several quality chances, but at the 7:24 mark St. Croix scored to give the Oil Kings the win to force Game 6.
Portland outshot Edmonton 51-30 on the night. Carruth made 27 saves, while Brossoit turned away 49 shots for the Oil Kings.