Portage Overtakes Stampeders in the Third

Portage came up big in the third tonight at Stride Place to double up the Stampeders and sit atop the league standings by four points.

It was a fast paced physical game from the start, each team feeling the other out. Portage was the first to score halfway through the opening frame as Moffatt beats Davis burying a rebound.

The lead was short lived as Harris scored for the Stampeders a minute later.

With 2:44 left in the first, Portage regained the lead, Moffatt cleaning up another rebound for his second of the night.

The Terriers carried the one goal lead into the second period having out shot the Stampeders 16-4.

Swan Valley came to play in the second. Portage struggled to get pucks on net and the Stampeders evened things at 2 on redirect in front by Besnilian. Peterson was tested by his former team and came up with some big saves to keep the game close.

Portage stepped on the gas in the third scoring 2 goals 1:18 in for a quick 4-2 lead, Shindle scored off the rush on the powerplay while Calder finished off a loose puck 47 seconds later.

Calder once again found himself the recipient of a loose puck in front and scored his 8th of the season.

Josh Tripp picked off a Terrier pass and beat a defender to get the puck to Matthew Osadick and the Stampeders were back within two.

Portage’s forecheck went to work and the Stampeders had a tough time mounting a comeback. The Terriers were able to score one more for good measure, Murray blasting a pass from McPhee through traffic for his 6th of the season on the powerplay.

Tonight’s win is Portage’s 4th straight. Peterson backed the Terriers making a solid 27 saves for his 6th win.

Terriers are back on the ice this Wednesday as they welcome the Virden Oil Capitals. Game time 7:30pm.