Winterhawks force Game 7

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The Canadian Press Posted: May 11, 2014 10:25 PM EST

The Portland Winterhawks were down, but they were able to keep from going out.

Keegan Iverson scored the overtime winner as the Winterhawks erased a three-goal, third-period deficit to snap a three-game losing skid and defeat the Edmonton Oil Kings 6-5 on Sunday, sending the Western Hockey League championship to a seventh game.

Portland trailed 5-2, but battled back to tie the game.

The Winterhawks completed the comeback when Iverson tipped a Dominic Turgeon shot past Edmonton goalie Tristan Jarry 7:23 into overtime.

“That’s definitely the biggest goal of my life,” Iverson said. “I was just in shock when I scored. “It’s been such an unbelievable series. It’s been crazy. It’s going to be quite the final game.”

The seventh and deciding game of the WHL final will take place Monday in Portland.

Mathew Dumba had a pair of goals and Anton Cederholm, Keoni Texeira and Derrick Pouliot also scored for the Winterhawks, who had dropped three straight after owning a 2-0 advantage to start the best-of-seven finals.

Prior to the three losses in the finals, the Winterhawks had only lost three games in their previous 45 outings.

Henrik Samuelsson and Edgars Kulda each had two-goal games and Curtis Lazar also scored for the Oil Kings, who lost for the first time at home in the playoffs, dropping to 10-1.

Ten WHL finals have gone to a seventh game, and not one has been captured by the visiting team.