Oil Kings drop 'Hawks 4-1 0
You fly back overnight from a Game 6 loss and you never know when you might hit a wall.
The Edmonton Oil Kings proved to be the wall in front of the Portland Winterhawks as they grabbed the WHL championship with a 4-1 win at Rexall Place on Sunday.
First good omen, your checking line scores first. Better omen, the line is made up of two of your 20-year-olds — Rhett Rachinski and Jordan Peddle — and two of your longest serving players — Rachinski and TJ Foster.
A good sign in any game is taking a lead 1:51 into the game.
It was a case of the coaches' cliche of 'put the puck on the net, you never know what will happen.'
It happened early from a scramble without any net to see and Rachinski simply took a whack at it and watched the puck bounce up and over Mac Carruth for the opener.
When Tyler Maxwell scored with 17 seconds left in the opening period to make it 2-0, it only seemed a matter of time.
Goals by Michael St. Croix and TJ Foster in the second, made Portland's lone goal a last-gasp effort before the Oil Kings gave them no room to gain momentum in the third period.
The Oil Kings now advance to the Memorial Cup in Shawingan, Que.