Trail native Joey Baker and the Portland Winterhawks evened the series with with Montrose’s Luke Bertolucci and the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday with a 3-0 victory in Game 2 of the WHL Championship in Portland, Ore.
Edmonton took the first game on Friday by a score of 4-1, thanks to a pair of goals by Henrik Samuelsson and a 35-save performance by Laurent Brossoit.
But Game 2 was all Portland as Ty Rattie got his 16th goal of the playoffs and the 46th goal of his WHL playoff career to lead the Portland Winterhawks to a 3-0 win over Edmonton.
Rattie scored on a power play midway through the first period, leaves him one shy of tying the WHL record of 47 career playoff markers, set by Mark Pederson of the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1988. More importantly, Rattie’s marker helped the Hawks even up the best-of-seven championship series at a game apiece.
The battle for the Ed Chynoweth Cup heads back to Edmonton for Games 3 and 4 tonight and Wednesday.
Warfield native Craig Cunningham helped the Providence Bruins stave off Calder Cup elimination in the American Hockey League’s Eastern Conference quarter final on the weekend with a game-tying goal, as the Bruins won two straight on the road against the Hershey Bears to tie the best-of-five series at two games apiece.
In Sunday’s Game-4 match, the Bears led 4-3 with three minutes remaining, but Hershey took a delay of game penalty and the Bruins would capitalize. Cunningham took a pass at the left circle and one-timed it by the Bears goalie to tie the game with 2:34 left on the clock.
Carter Camper then won it for the Bruins, when he rifled home the winner from the top of the circle with 1:04 remaining, netting a hat trick and forcing game five on Wednesday in the 5-4 victory.
Hershey won the opening two matches in Providence, but the Bruins battled back with a 5-1, Game-3 win on Saturday. Cunningham picked up an assist in the game, while Chris Bourque led the way for the Bruins with two goals and an assist, and Niklas Svedberg stopped 30 shots for the Bruins in the victory.
The deciding fifth game goes Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Eastern in Providence, R.I.
Greater Trail minor hockey product, Todd Robinson, and the Allen Americans kept pace with the Wichita Thunder with a victory on Sunday that tied the series at 2-2.
The Americans outlasted the Thunder in a tight-checking 2-1 victory Sunday after Wichita had taken a 2-1 series lead in Game-3 Saturday with a 5-2 victory.
Robinson was held off the board in Game-4 but picked up two assists in the loss Saturday giving him four goals and 14 helpers to sit second overall in playoff scoring.
Teammate Brian McMillin who finished with a goal and an assist in Sunday’s victory, leads all playoff scorers with 11-9-20.
McMillin netted the winner, scoring 2:46 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Allen.
Americans’ goalie Aaron Dell stopped 35 shots between the pipes.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series goes tonight at 7:05 in Allen, Tex.