PORTLAND, Ore. - Ty Rattie made a splash in his return from injury Sunday night.
Rattie scored his league-leading 18th playoff goal to spark the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 3 of the Western Hockey League's final.
Portland has won consecutive games against the Oil Kings to take a 2-1 series lead.
Rattie sat out Game 2 after a check by Edmonton's Mitchell Moroz in Game 1 left him with a head injury that the Winterhawks have said is not a concussion.
"I was a little slow early from missing a game, but I built confidence and felt better as the game went on," Rattie said.
With the goal, Rattie set the Winterhawks' franchise record for career playoff goals with 29, eclipsing the mark set by Randy Heath nearly 30 years ago. Rattie, a St. Louis Blues prospect, has two years of WHL eligibility remaining after this season.
Calgary Flames prospect Sven Baertschi had a goal and an assist for the Winterhawks, while Brendan Leipsic and Oliver Gabriel also scored.
Henrik Samuelsson, Martin Gernat and Keegan Lowe supplied the offence for the Oil Kings.
The Winterhawks led 3-0 through two periods and 4-1 in the third period, but had to hold on after the Oil Kings closed within one with 9:26 to play.
The Winterhawks took control with two power-play goals 29 seconds apart later in the period. Rattie took a pass from Baertschi and beat Brossoit over his glove hand at 12:06.
Gabriel slid the puck between Brossoit's leg pads on a partial breakaway at 12:35 to make it 3-0.
"Any time you get back-to-back goals like that, it puts the other team back on their heels and gives you a lot of momentum," said Portland coach Mike Johnston.
Samuelsson scored a power-play goal 20 seconds into the third period to give the Oil Kings life. After Leipsic restored Portland's three-goal advantage four minutes later on another turnover, Edmonton got back-to-back goals from Gernat and Lowe midway through the period to put a sell-out crowd on edge.
"We had to spend a lot of energy to fight back," said Laxdal. "We scored two big goals to get it to 4-3, but we can't afford to be down 3-0 and have to battle back."
The Oil Kings kept up the pressure late, but couldn't get the equalizer despite outshooting Portland 23-7 in the third period and 37-33 for the game.
"It was a couple of games within a game," Johnston said. "Our second period was one of the best in the series for us, but after they scored that first goal in the third they had a lot of jump."
Portland netminder Mac Carruth made 34 saves to earn the win, while Brossoit stopped 29 shots in defeat.
Portland finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while Edmonton went 1-for-3.
In the first period, two fights broke out on the same play, leading to game misconducts for Edmonton's Jordan Peddle and Portland's Brad Ross. Ross and Peddle squared off shortly after a scrap between Edmonton's Lowe and Portland's Joseph Morrow had started.