Oil Kings rally to edge Winterhawks in rematch of 2012 WHL championship series
Edmonton’s St. Croix scores winner with about a minute left to play
PORTLAND — Michael St. Croix scored a power-play goal with 1:03 left to play to cap off an Edmonton Oil Kings’ 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the league-leading Portland Winterhawks in a rematch of last spring’s Western Hockey League championship series.
The win was Edmonton’s second in a row after losing three straight, including a game at Rexall Place last Wednesday and the first two games of the team’s current eight-game road trip.
Portland’s Nicolas Petan opened the scoring seven minutes into the contest with a power-play goal to send the Winterhawks to the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.
Oil Kings centre Travis Ewanyk tied it up early in the second before the Winterhawks, who lost the WHL title to the Oil Kings in seven games last spring, scored twice in less than three minutes to take a 3-1 lead.
Edmonton left-winger Dylan Wruck cut the Winterhawks lead to one goal with just four seconds left in the second period before Trevor Cheek scored the equalizer 1:23 into the final frame.
Troy Rutkowski and Taylor Leier also scored for the Winterhawks, who lead the WHL this season with a 51-10-1-3 record.
Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped 26 shots to earn the win for the Oil Kings (44-15-2-3), who next face the Everett Silvertips on Friday night.
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