Portage hosted the Winnipeg Blues last night at Stride Place in the best of 7 quarterfinal. After finding themselves down 2 games to 0, the Terriers were looking to light their offence and get back in the series.
For the 3rd straight game, the Blues took the early lead in the first. Levi Cudmore scores on a 2 on 0 as Dexter Kuczek comes up with the puck after a Terrier defenceman gets caught pinching.
Cudmore scored his 2nd of the game unassisted on the powerplay walking in off the draw and beating Aiken top shelf for a 2-0 Blues lead.
Portage would finally get on the board in the 2nd on the powerplay with Sokoloski tucking home an endboard rebound from a Cody Thompson point shot.
The Dogs tied the game at 12:23 on a shorthanded marker by Chase Brakel as he picked the puck off Dexter Kuczek to go in alone and beat Jeremy Link.
Portage went on the powerplay moments later and had all the momentum when Goodbrandson broke free to regain the Blues lead with a shorthanded breakaway goal.
With 3 seconds to go in the middle frame, Winnipeg’s Ryan Mutch took a 5 minute major and a 10 minute misconduct for checking from behind. The Terriers would start the 3rd period on the powerplay.
3:11 into the 3rd, Leipsic feeds Dwyer the pass at the point and he scores the tying goal beating Link with a shot from the ringette line with the man advantage.
Despite outshooting the Blues 14-2 in the third and having numerous chances to score, regulation time would expire with the game tied at 3.
It took an extra 19:46 to decide the game, Barnstable beating Link 5 hole on a cross crease pass for his first of the playoffs and the game winner.
Aiken picks up the win in net with 20 saves in the effort, Portage outshooting Winnipeg 50-23.
Portage heads to the Bell MTS Ice Plex for Game 4 on Thursday, game time 7:00pm.