Watch above: John Sexsmith has highlights from the Oil Kings’ game in Portland Friday night
PORTLAND, Ore. – For more than four months, the Portland Winterhawks were invincible on home ice.
The Edmonton Oil Kings ended the Winterhawks’ 25-game home winning streak Friday and closed to within one game of winning their second Western Hockey League championship in three years.
Griffin Reinhart and Henrik Samuelsson scored second-period goals as the Oil Kings defeated Portland 3-2 in Game 5 of the WHL finals to take a 3-2 series lead.
Edgars Kulda scored a first-period power-play goal for Edmonton, and goaltender Tristan Jarry made 37 saves in victory.
Paul Bittner and Mathew Dumba scored for Portland, which hadn’t lost at home since Jan. 4. Corbin Boes stopped 27 shots in defeat.
Bittner broke a scoreless streak of nearly 132 minutes for the Winterhawks with his fourth goal of the series with 4:32 left in the first period to put Portland up 1-0.