WHL Final Comes Down to Game 7

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(ISN) – 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 period.

The score remained 1-1 through the second, despite Portland carrying the play for much of the frame and outshooting Edmonton 18-10.

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.

The deciding Game 7 will take place Sunday night at 6:00 pm in Edmonton.

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