EDMONTON, AB -- Portland Winterhawks squared up the 2012 WHL Championship series with a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night in Edmonton, AB.
Brendan Leipsic scored 2:57 into the first period and again 9:20 into the second period to put the Winterhawks up 2-0 en route to evening up the best-of-seven set at 1-1. Sven Baertschi also scored twice and Taylor Peters got his first of the playoffs as the Hawks posted their sixth road win of the playoffs.
Kristians Pelss scored the only goal for the Oil Kings, who outshot the visiting Winterhawks 39-27 in the contest as they suffer their first loss on home ice in the post-season.
Mac Carruth turned in a 38-save effort for the Winterhawks to post his 31st career playoff win. Laurent Brossoit made 22 saves in a losing cause for the Oil Kings.
The Winterhawks will host the Oil Kings for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Sunday in Portland, OR.