Mark Pysyk finished -1 with a double-minor Saturday as Edmonton lost to Portland 3-2 in game #6 of the WHL Championship. With the series locked 3-3, the teams boarded flights for Edmonton following the game in preparation for Sunday's exciting game seven.
Despite not scoring like he did in the final minute Thursday, the steady Pysyk was again effective in creating several opportunities as Derek Laxdall shortened the Oil Kings bench. At one point late in the game, the captain was leveled by Taylor Peters but got right back up with the puck and rang a shot off the crossbar as the Oil Kings looked for a late surge.
Pysyk's chippiness throughout the game was also noted. In the middle frame, he earned an extra two for extra elbows and punches as coincidental minors were doled out to he and Troy Rutkowski (COL). He later brought the stick up high on Oliver Gabriel (CBJ) at the final buzzer. Gabriel received a spearing minor on the play.
The Oil Kings and Winterhawks will drop the puck at 6:00 MST Sunday with the winner skating away with the Ed Chynoweth Cup and the right to represent the WHL at the 2012 Memorial Cup in Shawinigan.