An incredible 2011-12 campaign that featured a 102-point regular season, record-breaking performances and a second straight Western Conference championship came to an end Sunday as the Portland Winterhawks fell 4-1 to the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 7 of the WHL Final.
The Oil Kings claimed the Ed Chynoweth Cup with the win, and will represent the WHL in the Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, Quebec.
Edmonton struck first 1:51 into the game when Rhett Rachinski scored in a goalmouth scramble to make it 1-0. They extended the lead when Tyler Maxwell scored with under a minute to go in the first to make it 2-0 going into the second period.
The Oil Kings made it 3-0 when Michael St. Croix scored 4:41 into the second period, then went up 4-0 on a goal by T.J. Foster at the 10:16 mark. The Hawks got on the board at the 11:40 mark of the second when Oliver Gabriel got sprung on a breakaway and beat Edmonton netminder Laurent Brossoit to cut the deficit to 4-1, which would remain the score going into the third period.
The Winterhawks fought throughout the third to cut into the lead, but the two teams were scoreless in the final 20 minutes as Edmonton finished with the 4-1 win to claim the championship.
Mac Carruth stopped 28 of 32 shots in net for Portland, while Brossoit made 19 saves on 20 Portland shots.