Oil Kings Even Up WHL Finals

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(ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks fell 4-3 in overtime Tuesday against the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 4 of the WHL Final in front of a sold out crowd of 10,947, the team’s third straight sellout. The series is now tied 2-2.

The Winterhawks took an early 1-0 lead just 1:21 into the game when Troy Rutkowski fed a pass through the neutral zone to Marcel Noebels, who was behind the Edmonton defense and beat Oil Kings netminder Laurent Brossoit on the breakaway. The Oil Kings evened it on a goal by Rhett Rachinski at 15:50 to make it 1-1 going into the second.

The Oil Kings made it 2-1 when Tyler Maxwell scored 8:17 into the second, and Stephane Legault scored with 56 seconds to go in the period to give the Oil Kings a 3-1 lead heading into the third.

Portland got back within one 3:49 into the third period when Sven Bartschi scored his 12th of the postseason to cut the deficit to 3-2. Bartschi struck again at the 9:06 mark when he cut across the crease and directed the puck past Brossoit to make it 3-3. The Hawks were outstanding throughout the period, creating numerous chances, but the game remained tied through the end of regulation and went to overtime.

Rhett Rachinski then scored the winner 9:07 into the extra frame.

The two teams travel to Edmonton with Game 5 set for Thursday night at 6 p.m. local time.

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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