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Brossoit & Oil Kings emerge victorious in OT of Game 5 of the WHL Championship series

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Laurent Brossoit and the Edmonton Oil Kings staved off elimination in the WHL Championship series with a 3-2 overtime victory over Tyler Wotherspoon and the Portland Winterhawks on Friday night.

Portland leads the series 3-2.

Brossoit was brilliant in the must-win situation, stopping 49 of 51 shots during his 67:24 of ice time. The 20 year-old was named the second star of the night for his efforts must to the chagrin of a extremely raucous Rose Bowl crowd in Portland.

The Surrey, BC product's 1.71 GAA is second only to Portland netminder Mac Carruth in the postseason and his save percentage currently sits at .939. He has made an incredible 559 saves in 21 playoff games.

Edmonton forward Michael St. Croix had the biggest game of his young career, notching a hat trick, while Portland received goals from winger Joey Baker and Brendan Leipsic. Wotherspoon assisted on Leipsic's third period equalizer, giving him his first point in the series.

"There's not much more you can say about that game," Edmonton Head Coach Derek Laxdal told the assembled media. "It was an outstanding game by both teams. We were trying to live another day and get it back to Edmonton, but our guys played a gutsy game, especially after giving up a goal 15 seconds in.

"We still have a lot of work to do. It gives us a chance to play another day."

The series swings back to Edmonton with Game 6 going Sunday at 4:00 PM MT.

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