Last night in Portland, Oregon, Edmonton native Oliver Gabriel scored twice including the game winner as the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 to tie the series at three. Gabriel’s second goal won the game for Portland with 2:39 left in the third period.
Gabriel, a left winger who is property of the Columbus Blue Jackets, is the latest Winterhawk to score a key goal in the series, joining Sven Bartschi and Brendan Leipsic.
The Winterhawks have the offensive firepower and stronger offensive talent, and until last night I thought Edmonton was better on the defensive end. But for the Oil Kings to win, it is clear that defenceman Keegan Lowe needs to get better. He was on the ice twice for Portland goals in the third period, including one time when he gave the puck away that led directly to a Portland goal.
Game seven is tonight at Rexall Place at 6pm on Shaw TV.