December 6, 2013, Edmonton (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks (21-5-2-2) staged a big third period comeback before falling 5-4 in a shootout in Edmonton Friday against the Oil Kings (18-9-0-1) in a rematch of the last two WHL Championship series.
The two teams traded goals in the first period, beginning when Portland’s Nic Petan notched his 20th of the season 4:43 into the game for a 1-0 lead. It was Teddy Bear Toss night in Edmonton and the Oil Kings’ Dysin Mayo brought down the bears at the 15:20 mark to tie the game at 1-1.
Edmonton struck again 7:17 into the second when Cody Corbett scored to give the Oil Kings at 2-1 lead, which remained the score going into the third.
The Oil Kings made it a 3-1 lead 6:39 into the third on a goal by Curtis Lazar, setting up a wild finish.
Derrick Pouliot brought the Hawks within one at the 15:32 mark when his shot from the point went through traffic and beat Edmonton netminder Tristan Jarry to make it 3-2. Just 35 seconds later the Oil Kings went back up by two on a goal by Edgars Kulda, but the Hawks again cut into the lead on a Taylor Leier power play goal at the 17:13 mark to bring Portland within a goal once again at 4-3.
With under a minute to go and Portland goaltender Brendan Burke on the bench for an extra attacker, Leier struck again and tied the game at 4-4 to force overtime.
After neither team could net the winner in the extra frame, the game went to a shootout. Each team scored once in the first three rounds, Mitch Moroz for Edmonton and Petan for Portland. In the fourth round, the Oil Kings’ Reid Petryk netted the winner to give the home team the 5-4 win.
Petan and Pouliot finished with three points each for the Hawks, while Leipsic and Leier had two apiece.
Portland was 1-4 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.
The Hawks are back in action tomorrow when they take on the Red Deer Rebels at 6 p.m. local time.