by Lisa McRitchie on 05/11/14 at 11:45 PM ET
The Edmonton Oil Kings had a prime opportunity, they could have taken the WHL best of 7 series in 6 games, and won the championship at home. Instead, the Oil Kings let an early 3 goal lead slip away, losing in overtime. Now, the series shifts to game seven in Portland, where the Winterhawks will be ready.
An early pair of goals from Henrik Samuelsson, Moroz with the assists, put the Oil Kings in a comfortable lead, and reminded Edmonton what spring time playoff hockey can be! But paired with some inconsistent officiating, the Oil Kings' third period efforts ended up being thier demise.
The Oil King have faced the Winterhawks in the WHL finals twice before, and for many of the team's players, this will be their final opportunity at a Junior Hockey championship. Mitch Moroz, Henrik Samuelsson, Curtis Lazar and Griffin Reinhart, to name a few are trying to take in all that they can as they look to move onto the next chapter of their hockey lives. No matter the outcome of Monday's game 7, the players will have given it their all, and will graduate with no regrets.
In order to earn a WHL championship title, the Oil Kings will need to play a full 60 minutes, as the cliche goes and cannot for one minute give their opponents the opportunity to feel the game is within reach.
Winner of game 7 moves onto the Memorial Cup in London Ontario which runs May 16th through 25th,
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