Winterhawks avoid elimination, force Game 7 in WHL final: CHL playoffs
Iverson scores in OT after Portland erases 3-goal 3rd-period deficit
The Portland Winterhawks were down, but they were able to keep from going out.
Keegan Iverson scored the overtime winner as the Winterhawks erased a three-goal, third-period deficit to snap a three-game losing skid and defeat the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-5 on Sunday, sending the Western Hockey League championship to a seventh game.
Portland trailed 5-2, but battled back to tie the game. The Winterhawks completed the comeback when Iverson tipped a Dominic Turgeon shot past Edmonton goalie Tristan Jarry 7:23 into overtime.
"That's definitely the biggest goal of my life," Iverson said. "I was just in shock when I scored.
"It's been such an unbelievable series. It's been crazy. It's going to be quite the final game."
The seventh and deciding game of the WHL final will take place Monday in Portland.
Mathew Dumba had a pair of goals and Anton Cederholm, Keoni Texeira and Derrick Pouliot also scored for the Winterhawks, who had dropped three straight after owning a 2-0 advantage to start the best-of-seven finals.
Prior to the three losses in the finals, the Winterhawks had only lost three games in their previous 45 outings.
Henrik Samuelsson and Edgars Kulda each had two-goal games and Curtis Lazar also scored for the Oil Kings, who lost for the first time at home in the playoffs, dropping to 10-1.
Ten WHL finals have gone to a seventh game, and not one has been captured by the visiting team.
Foreurs 6, Drakkar 3
VAL D"OR, Que. — Pierre-Maxime Poudrier scored twice and added an assist, and Antoine Bibeau made 43 saves as the Val-d'Or Foreurs downed the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 6-3 on Sunday to force Game 7 in their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final series.
Ryan Graves scored a goal and assisted on two more, Guillaume Gelinas had a short-handed goal and an assist, and Anthony Richard and Randy Gazzola also scored for the Foreurs.
Alexandre Ranger, Alec Jon Banville and Valentin Zykov scored for Baie-Comeau, while Dominic Poulin tacked on two assists.
Drakkar goaltender Philippe Cadorette made 31 saves in the losing effort.
Baie-Comeau hosts Game 7 on Tuesday.
The Foreurs jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Poudrier's first goal at 10:41 of the first period, and Richard's goal at 1:36 of the second. But Banville and Zykov led the Drakkar back to tie the game 2-2 before the end of the second period.
Val-d'Or's offence scored twice within a three-minute span of the third period, but Ranger's goal at 11:53 cut the Foreurs lead to 4-3.
Graves made it 5-3 and Poudrier's empty-net goal with 56 seconds to go sealed the win and capped off a four-goal third period for Val-d'Or.
Baie-Comeau was an ugly 0 for 7 on the power play while the Foreurs failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.