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Ripplinger scores the shorthanded goal for his first of four on the night.

Portage Closes Showcase With a Win over Winnipeg

What started out as a close contest ended with the Terriers doubling up the Winnipeg Blues 4-2.

Winnipeg opened the scoring late in the 1st with Wiltshire going 5 hole on rookie goaltender Brendan Benoit for a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Turner Ripplinger tied the game at one picking off the puck in his own end on the penalty kill and tucking one under Link for an unassisted shorthanded goal. Ripplinger potted his second of the game 16:40 in to the 2nd for the Terriers first lead of the game.

It would take just 2:46 in the 3rd for Ripplinger to complete the hat trick on the powerplay finding the back of the net on the rebound from Barnstable’s point shot. He would add one more for good measure, his 4th of the game on a beautiful pass from Brakel.

Winnipeg’s Cudmore would give the Blues a bit of hope halfway through the third scoring to cut the Terriers’ lead to 2, but they were unable to comeback despite pulling their goalie on the powerplay for a 6-4.

Benoit picks up the win in net with another solid outing making 31 saves on the night.

Next up for the Terriers is a home and home with Winkler starting off Friday in Portage. The teams are 1 and 1 so far this season.