Oil Kings take opener of WHL championship

Jordan Peddle scored the short-handed game winner Thursday as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in Game 1 of the Western Hockey League final.

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EDMONTON — Jordan Peddle scored the short-handed game winner Thursday as the Edmonton Oil Kings defeated the Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in Game 1 of the Western Hockey League final.

Rhett Rachinski and Martin Gernat also scored for Edmonton. Curtis Lazar, who leads the Oil Kings with 16 points in the post-season, was held off the scoresheet.

Marcel Noebels and Sven Bartschi scored for Portland as the Winterhawks attempted to come back from a 3-0 deficit.

Ty Rattie’s assist on Bartschi’s goal in the second kept him on top of WHL scoring in the post-season with 30 points.

Edmonton led 3-0 with Peddle’s short-handed goal 14:30 into the second period with Lazar in the box for checking from behind. But Noebels scored 12 seconds later before Lazar’s penalty could expire to give Portland life.

Bartschi scored less than two minutes later to make it 3-2 but Portland couldn’t find the tying goal.

The teams combined to lose only four games in the post-season entering the final series, with Edmonton’s lone loss coming on the road in Moose Jaw in the Eastern semifinals.

The game marked the first time the two teams have met in the playoffs since Edmonton’s modern era franchise began in 2007.

The original Oil Kings relocated to Portland in 1976, where current Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal played during the Winterhawks’ 1982-83 Memorial Cup season.

The two clubs only met once during the regular season, an 8-4 decision in favour of the Oil Kings.

The Winterhawks are appearing in back-to-back WHL finals for the first time since the 1982 and 1983 championships.

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