Oil Kings silence Winterhawks

first_imgPORTLAND — An energetic start from the Portland Winterhawks had the Rose Garden hopping on Friday. But it was the Edmonton Oil Kings who got the jump they wanted in the first game of the Western Hockey League championship series.Opportunistic on offense and stubbornly solid on defense, the Oil Kings beat the Winterhawks 4-1 to strike first in their championship rematch.Henrik Samuelsson scored twice and Laurent Brossoit made 35 saves to disappoint 10,097 fans. Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rose Garden.“We didn’t think we were going to sweep Edmonton,” acting Winterhawks coach Travis Green said. “We’ve said it all year: It’s one game. There’s no since dwelling on it too much, getting emotionally revved up because you lost a game. And if you would’ve won the game it would be the same.”Friday’s game might have been decided early, if Portland had found its finishing touch. The Winterhawks pressured the Oil Kings defense right from the first shift, keeping the puck in the attacking zone for nearly two minutes. But when the Oil Kings finally broke out of their own zone, they broke through. Travis Ewanyk carried the puck deep and sent it in front for Dylan Wruck to back-hand over the shoulder of Portland goalie Mac Carruth 2:03 into the game.That, however, wasn’t the crushing goal. The goal that took the steam out of the home team came early in the third period.last_img

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