Edmonton edges Winterhawks in shootout
Playing their sixth game over 10 days, the Portland Winterhawks lost a tie-breaking shootout on Sunday, falling 2-1 to the Edmonton Oil Kings in Western Hockey League action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
Carter Souch converted his shootout opportunity with a nifty backhand move to win it for Edmonton.
Defenseman Johnny Ludwig had the goal for Portland, netting his sixth of the season with a one-timer 4:25 into the third period. A Lane Gilliss offensive zone faceoff win set up the opportunity, with Mason Mannek dropping the puck into Ludvig's path
Portland is 5-3-0-1 (11 points) and leads the U.S. Division after finishing a seven-game road stretch with three wins, three losses and Sunday's shootout loss. Edmonton improved to 7-1-3-0 (17 points) and leads the Central Division.
Matthew Robertson's second goal of the season gave the Oil Kings a 1-0 lead 10:02 into the game. Robertson converted a pass from Josh Williams on a two-on-one rush after Robertson, a New York Rangers prospect, forced a turnover at Portland's attacking blue line.
Winterhawks goalie Joel Hofer had a strong game, stopping 39 of 40 shots over 65 minutes. Hofer was tested several times, including two good looks for Jake Neighbours in the final seconds of regulation.
Portland had a power play in overtime after Cross Hanas was slashed on a breakaway chance. Edmonton goalie, Sebastian Cossa came up with a couple saves on that power play. Portland's Seth Jarvis hit the cross bar with a shot in the final minute of OT.
Cossa denied Jarvis, Jaydon Dureau and Jake Gricius in the shootout.
Souch was the second shooter for the Oil Kings and skated in deep and flipped a backhand into the net.
After losing their first three stops on their six-game swing, the Winterhawks won twice before Sunday's shootout loss.
The Winterhawks play their first home game in more than three weeks when Brandon visits Memorial Coliseum for a 6 p.m. game on Saturday.
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