Portage is headed to the Semi Finals

Leipsic cuts in front of the net and buries his shot on the fly.

Portage came out looking to finish off the series at home and avoid game 7 in Selkirk and they did just that, beating the Steelers 7-1 and clinching their spot in the MJHL semi-final.

Jeremey Leipsic opened the scoring for the Dogs using his speed to beat Selkirk Captain Taylor Fisher down the right side cutting in front of the net to beat Dola on the powerplay. Four minutes later Jared Roy made no mistake with the wide open net off an end board rebound.

Selkirk got on the board when Cole McCartan was able to find mesh with the backhand over Kurtis Chapman’s glove and pull within one. Chase Brakel restored the lead burying a rebound at 15:56 and Portage headed in to the dressing room with a 2 goal lead despite being outshot 20-8.                                                      

The Terriers started to run away with the game in the second scoring 3 more goals starting just a minute in with Mackenzie Dwyer burying a point shot on a screened Dola. Scott Mickoski scored his first of the post season with a one timer off a Leipsic pass and Ty Barnstable would bang home a rebound for a whopping 5 goal lead on just 16 shots. That would be the end of the night for goaltender Hayden Dola as he was replaced with back up Landon Poiron.

Portage notched one more in the 3rd with Mackenzie Dwyer scoring his 2nd of the night for a 7-1 final. Kurtis Chapman picked up his third win of the post season turning away 35 shots and was named 1st star for his effort.

The Terriers will now face the Steinbach Pistons in the best of 7 semi-final. The schedule will be announced later today.