On Thursday night, the Edmonton Oil Kings, who are owned by the Edmonton Oilers, defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Hockey League Championship Final, and the Oklahoma City Barons, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, defeated the San Antonio Rampage 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Semi-Final of the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs.
I watched the Oil Kings victory and have thoroughly enjoyed the WHL Final to date. The Oil Kings got a huge game winning goal by Mark Pysyk with only 56 seconds left in the game. Pysyk, a draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres is more known for his defense than offense, but performed admirably, recording a goal and an assist. Jordan Peddle led the Oil Kings in scoring with two goals and an assist.
Meanwhile in San Antonio, Chris Vandevelde scored his second overtime goal of the playoffs to give the Barons a key win over the Rampage, the AHL affiliate of Florida.