SHARE
Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

Leipsic leads Winterhawks over Oil Kings 2-1 for 3-1 series lead in WHL final

Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 11:54 PM / News

The Canadian Press

Share with your Friends


Leipsic leads Winterhawks over Oil Kings 2-1 for 3-1 series lead in WHL final

EDMONTON - Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist as the Portland Winterhawks edged the Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the WHL final.

Troy Rutkowski had the other goal for Portland, which is battling in the Ed Chynoweth Cup for a third straight year. The Winterhawks were previously bested by the Kootenay Ice and the current defending champion Oil Kings.

Mitch Moroz had the lone goal for Edmonton.

Game 5 is Friday in Portland.

Edmonton's Edgars Kulda had the best chance early, whipping Moroz's dish from the wing out of midair at 3:20 of the first, but Portland netminder Mac Carruth slid across to block the shot harmlessly away.

With the teams playing four aside, Nicolas Petan set up a wide open Seth Jones halfway through the period, forcing Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit to flash across with a sterling right pad save.

Leipsic opened the scoring at 17:13, driving to the net to chop home a loose puck in the low slot past Brossoit.

Rutkwoski doubled the 'Hawks lead at 9:54 of the second period after some crisp passing found Rutkowski in the high slot and he buried the puck to the blocker side.

It took a video review, but Moroz pulled Edmonton within one at 4:45 of the third period, knocking the puck twice out of midair and into the back of the net with his stick just level to the crossbar.

Carruth made 29 saves in net for the Winterhawks, while Brossoit stopped 19 shots.

Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3