The Winterhawks opened the WHL finals Thursday night in Edmonton and lost in a tight game that went down to the wire.
Both teams were red hot: The Oil Kings had won 23 of their last 24 games and the Hawks were on a five-game win streak.
But it was Edmonton that scored first, less than two minutes into the game. Reht Rachinski got the goal.
The Oil Kings added two more goals in the second period. Twelve seconds later, the Hawks get on the board, with a power play goal from Marcel Noebels.
And then less than two minutes later the Hawks cut the lead to 3-2, with a Sven Bartschi score on the deflection. It was his eighth playoff goal.
The Hawks were in business, but for the second time in the playoffs their leading scorer Ty Rattie was knocked out of the game. No penalty on the play. Rattie did skate off, but the Hawks lost the game 3-2.