May 12, 2013
Portland Winterhawks win WHL championship
By DAVE 'CRASH' CAMERON, QMI Agency
You know their moms are still proud of them.
The Edmonton Oil Kings' reign as Western Hockey League champions ended on Mother's Day as they fell 5-1 in a title series rematch with the Portland Winterhawks at Rexall Place Sunday.
The biggest reason that stopped their season-long goal of creating a road to redemption at the Memorial Cup is that this is a better Winterhawks team than the Oil Kings beat last year, one with their own road to redemption built off losing the previous two WHL title series.
The Oil Kings ran out of steam and Ty Rattie's hat trick ran them out of Game 6, despite outshooting Portland for the third straight time in losses at Rexall Place.
A key to the first two periods was the quality, grinding shifts by Portland's second line of Taylor Leier, Chase DeLeo and the Dane, Oliver Bjorkstrand.