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Portland takes Oil Kings to 7th game

EDMONTON, Alberta – Keegan Iverson scored the overtime winner as the Portland Winterhawks erased a three-goal, third-period deficit to snap a three-game losing skid and defeat the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-5 on Sunday, sending the Western Hockey League championship to the limit.

Portland trailed 5-2, but battled back to tie the game.

The Winterhawks completed the comeback when Iverson tipped a Dominic Turgeon shot past Edmonton goalie Tristan Jarry 7:23 into overtime.

Mathew Dumba had a pair of goals and Anton Cederholm, Keoni Texeira and Derrick Pouliot also scored for the Winterhawks, who had dropped three straight after owning a 2-0 advantage to start the best-of-seven finals.

Prior to the three losses in the finals, the Winterhawks had only lost three games in their previous 45 outings.

Henrik Samuelsson and Edgars Kulda each had two-goal games and Curtis Lazar also scored for the Oil Kings.

Edmonton lost for the first time at home in the playoffs, dropping to 10-1.

The seventh-and-deciding game of the WHL final will take place today in Portland.

Edmonton lost in front of a WHL playoff-high crowd of 11,902 at Rexall Place.