Anchorage forward Lane Bauer didn't play in the WHL Finals, but he'll be getting a championship ring after his Edmonton Oil Kings won Game 7 Monday night with a 4-2 victory at Portland that earned the Oil Kings their second WHL title in three seasons.
Not a bad rookie season, really.
Bauer, 18, played in six of Edmonton's 21 playoff games. In the regular season, he earned 7-9--16 totals and a +5 rating in 47 games.
The Oil Kings move on to the Memorial Cup, the championship of major junior hockey, beginning this weekend in London, Ontario.
This marked the third straight season Portland and Edmonton played for the WHL crown -- Edmonton also won in 2012 behind goaltender Laurent Brossoit, who began this season with the Alaska Aces and is now the terrific rookie backstop of the Bakersfield Condors. The Aces and Condors open the ECHL Western Conference Finals at Sullivan Arena on Friday.
Bauer wasn't the only Alaskan in the WHL Finals. Portland defenseman Josh Hanson of Eagle River, 20, played four games in the Finals and had two assists in playing 14 of the Winterhawks' 21 playoff games.
Hanson wrapped his major junior career -- he played 313 totals game in four seasons. Portland advanced to the WHL Finals in all four seasons of his career with the club.