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Edmonton nips Winterhawks in shootout

EDMONTON OIL KINGS 5, Portland Winterhawks 4 (shootout)

Friday night, Rexall Place, 10,058 announced attendance

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Hawks scored twice in the final 3:47 of regulation to tie the game before losing in a shootout in the rematch of Western Hockey League 2012 and 2013 finalists. (Portland won last year 4-3 in the final; Edmonton won 4-2 in the 2012 championship round).

WHAT IT MEANS

• Portland picked up a point on its first of three road games in three days — and on Teddy Bear Toss night for the Oil Kings.

TOP PERFORMERS

• Taylor Leier, the captain, scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season at 17:13 (power play) and 19:04 of the third period.

• Nic Petan and Brendan Leipsic each had two assists.

Petan got Portland's lone score in the shootout, which went four rounds. And he gave the Winterhawks a 1-0 lead 4:43 into the game, as Portland came out aggressive and firing, leading 12-4 in shots after 20 minutes.

KEY STATS

• Portland went 0 of 3 on power plays in the first period, which ended 1-1.

• Edmonton fans tossed 10,128 teddy bears for needy kids onto the ice after the team's first goal.

QUOTE

Edmonton coach Derek Laxdal: “We got the two points in the end, it was a hard fought win. It’s an emotional game. You’re playing a team you lost to in the finals last year, and you’re playing the Teddy Bear Toss game, so there are lots of highs and lows.”

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE

STANDINGS

Portland 21-5-2-2 (46) (U.S. Division leader)

Kelowna 21-3-0-2 (44) (B.C. Division leader)

Everett 20-6-4-0 (44)

Victoria 20-11-0-1 (41)

Spokane 18-10-0-2 (38)

Seattle 16-9-1-3 (36)

Tri-City 16-12-1-2 (35)

Vancouver 13-12-5-2 (33)

Prince George 11-16-1-3 (26)

Kamloops 6-19-2-2 (16)

NEXT

The Winterhawks play the second of three road games in three days at 6 p.m. Saturday at Red Deer (KPAM 860 AM).