EDMONTON - Oil Kings captain Mark Pysyk scored with a 56 seconds left to play as Edmonton defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 on Saturday in Game 5 of the Western Hockey League final.
The Oil Kings now have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Saturday in Portland.
Pysyk's wrist shot through traffic beat Portland goalie Mac Carruth to the glove side, putting Portland on the brink in the battle for the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
Jordan Peddle scored twice for Edmonton and Rhett Rachinski added a goal for the Oil Kings.
Marcel Noebels, Ty Rattie and Sven Bartschi had the Portland goals, with Rattie's marker coming on the power play as the 'Hawks went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.
Noebels opened up the scoring just 1:45 into the game with a one-timer fed from behind the net by Bartschi.
Griffin Reinhart put the Oil Kings up 2-1 with a wrister from the point that deflected off a Portland defender at 4:44 into the second period.
Rattie tied it 2-2 five minutes into the second when he was left all alone in front while on the power play.
Two minutes later Peddle restored the Oil Kings' lead by picking up a loose puck at the side of the net and firing it home into a wide open net.
Just over five minutes into the third Bartschi knotted it 3-3 with a feed from Noebels in behind the net.
Carruth finished with 31 saves while Laurent Brossoit stopped 28 shots at the other end for Edmonton.