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Portland forces Game 7 in WHL finals

Sun., May 13, 2012, midnight

PORTLAND – An epic Western Hockey League final will come down to a winner-take-all showdown.

Oliver Gabriel scored his second goal of the game with 2:39 left in regulation as the Portland Winterhawks forced a Game 7 in the WHL finals with a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday night.

“It stinks,” said Edmonton coach Derek Laxdal. “We had a chance to close it tonight, and we didn’t match their urgency until we were behind.”

The teams play at Rexall Place in Edmonton tonight for a spot in the Memorial Cup, which starts Friday in Shawinigan, Quebec.

On the winning goal , Gabriel took a feed from Cam Reid and wired a long wrist shot through the skates of Oil Kings defenseman Keegan Lowe and under the blocker of goalie Laurent Brossoit.

Gabriel also scored in the first period for Portland, with defenseman Joseph Morrow adding a goal in the third.

Michael St. Croix and Stephane Legault replied for the Oil Kings.

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