Edmonton Oil Kings stay alive

The Edmonton Oil Kings ice Portland Winterhawks 3-2 in OT in Game 5 of the Western Hockey League final Friday night at the Rose Garden.

  • May. 12, 2013 11:00 a.m.

The Edmonton Oil Kings avoided elimination with a 3-2 overtime win over the host Portland Winterhawks in Game 5 of the Western Hockey League final Friday night at the Rose Garden.

Michael St. Croix completed his hat trick 7:24 into extra time to help the Kings, featuring Vernon’s Curtis Lazar, stay alive in best-of-seven set. Game 6 goes today at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

Portland’s Joey Baker opened the scoring just 15 seconds into Game 5 before St. Croix replied for Edmonton midway through the period. Brendan Leipsic scored late in regulation to force OT.

The winner advances to the MasterCard Memorial Cup, May 17-26, in Saskatoon.