EDMONTON, AB -- The Edmonton Oil Kings edged the visiting Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in Game 1 of the 2012 WHL Championship series on Thursday night in Edmonton, AB.
Jordan Peddle’s shorthanded marker 14:30 into the second period gave the Oil Kings a 3-0 lead and proved to be the game-winner. Rhett Rachinski had a goal and an assist and Martin Gernat also scored for the Oil Kings, who went 0-for-5 on the power play but scored the shorthanded marker.
Marcel Noebels and Sven Baertschi scored less than two minutes apart shortly after Peddle’s goal to make it 3-2 before the end of the second period. But, that’s as close as the Winterhawks would get in the Game 1 loss.
Laurent Brossoit made 24 saves on 26 shots to record his 13th victory of the playoffs for the Oil Kings. Mac Carruth turned aside 26 shots in a losing cause for the Hawks.
The Oil Kings will host the Winterhawks for Game 2 of the 2012 WHL Championship series on Friday, May 4th in Edmonton.