The Portland Winterhawks defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-3 in Game 3 of the WHL Final Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead in front of a sold out crowd of 10,947 at the Rose Garden.
Ty Rattie returned from injury to score his 29th career playoff goal, setting a new Winterhawks record.
After a scoreless first period, Sven Bartschi opened the scoring 4:53 into the second when he took advantage of an Edmonton turnover in the offensive zone and beat Laurent Brossoit with a backhand to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks made it 2-0 when Rattie scored his record-setting goal on a power play at the 12:06 mark, then just 29 seconds later Oliver Gabriel struck for another power goal to put the Hawks ahead 3-0. Rattie’s goal allowed him to pass Randy Heath to set a new franchise record for career playoff goals. Portland was dominant in the period, outshooting Edmonton 14-5 in the frame.
Edmonton got on the board 20 seconds into the third when Henrik Samuelsson scored to cut Portland’s lead to 3-1, but the Hawks got that one back at the 4:37 mark when Brendan Leipsic found himself alone in front of the net and went high over Brossoit to put Portland up 4-1.
The Oil Kings again cut Portland’s lead to two goals when Martin Gernat scored at the 7:16 mark to make it 4-2, then made it a one-goal game when Keegan Lowe scored midway through the period to make it 4-3.
But the Winterhawks slammed the door from there to finish with the win and the series lead.
Mac Carruth was terrific in net in the win, stopping 34 of the 37 shots he faced in the win. Brossoit made 29 saves on the 33 shots he faced.
Portland was 2-5 on the power play and 2-3 on the penalty kill.
The two teams are back on the ice Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Rose Garden for Game 4.