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Oil Kings look to square WHL final: Tuesday’s coast-to-coast

Neate Sager
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WHL

Portland Winterhawks goalie Mac Carruth is letting his game do the talking ahead of tonight's Game 4 against the Edmonton Oil Kings, writes Patrick King. (Sportsnet)

For all their talent, the Oil Kings betrayed some of their youthfulness during their consecutive losses in games 2 and 3. Meantime, the younger team is up 2-1 in the OHL final. (Edmonton Journal)

Today's should-read: Jim Beseda on the junior hockey renaissance in Portland, where the Winterhawks' consecutive runs to the championship series have evoked the team's glories of the 1980s and '90s. (The Oregonian)

The bad blood has coagulated between the Oil Kings and Winterhawks. (The Columbian)

Calgary Flames draft pick Tyler Wotherspoon has been a thorn in the Oil Kings' side, writes Kristen Odland. (Calgary Herald)

Keeping up with the Seth Jones signing in Portland. (Everett Herald, Oregon Live, WHL From Above)

As of this moment, the Vancouver Giants have no one pencilled into the No. 1 goalie role for next season. (Vancouver Province)

Graduating Kootenay Ice goalie Nathan Lieuwen talks about signing with the Buffalo Sabres. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)

OHL

Practice made perfect for London Knights centre Chris Tierney on the winning goal in Game 3 vs. Niagara. (London Free Press)

London's worker bees have been busier than Niagara's thus far in the series — and that's why the Knights are up 2-1, writes Morris Dalla Costa. (London Free Press)

You think Knights coach-GM Mark Hunter is going to let his team fritter away prosperity? Hardly: "We know the team we are competing against is a good team. We know we have to be ready for Wednesday." (St. Catharines Standard, Metro London)

Would Knights defenceman Olli Määttä be a good pick for the Columbus Blue Jackets? Well, them, and up to 29 other NHL teams. (The Cannon)

Toronto Maple Leafs first-round pick Stuart Percy, the Mississauga Majors captain, has been bumped out of the Toronto Marlies lineup during the AHL playoffs. It's all part of The Process. (Toronto Star)

QMJHL

Rimouski Océanic coach Serge Beausoleil is chastising his team for not being "mentally ready" in their Game 2 loss at Saint John. With 72 hours between games, there's no excuse not to be ready for Wednesday's must-win tilt. (Le Soleil)

The President's Cup championship will not have to play back-to-back games at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. It's too late for the league to change the schedule if Saint John should win. (Station Nation)

Gatineau Olympiques coach-GM Benoît Groulx was inducted into the Quebec's midget AAA hall of fame on Monday. Groulx was a prolific scorer in his day with the Ste-Foy Gouverneurs. (Le Droit)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Contact him at neatesager@yahoo.ca and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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