EDMONTON, Alberta – Brendan Leipsic and Sven Bartschi each scored twice and Mac Carruth made 38 saves as the Portland Winterhawks beat Edmonton 5-1 on Friday to even the Western Hockey League final at one game apiece.
Taylor Peters also scored for Portland.
Kristians Pelss tapped in a rebound off Martin Gernat’s shot early in the third for Edmonton’s lone goal. Laurent Brossoit made 22 saves for the Oil Kings.
Carruth stopped Rhett Rachinski in the first, twice made a glove save on defenseman Keegan Lowe in the second, and made a solid right-pad save late in the third on Mark Pysyk.
Portland’s Ty Rattie, who was hit hard into the sideboards in Game 1 by Mitch Moroz, missed the game with an upper-body injury. He has 17 goals during the playoffs, two shy of the franchise record held by Dan Woodley in the 1987 postseason.
Bartschi has 10 goals and 28 points in the playoffs, while Derrick Pouliot’s assist put him in the lead among defensemen in the postseason with 14 points.