The Terriers ran into a hot goaltender in Selkirk last night and fell 2-1 in overtime despite outshooting the Steelers 46-23.
Selkirk’s Labossiere notched the first and only goal of the opening frame banking one in from behind on Petersen. Portage was able to kill off 3 Steeler powerplays.
The Terriers outworked and outplayed the Steelers in the second launching 17 shots to their 3, but it wasn’t until the last minute of the game when they were rewarded. Brakel burying a Ripplinger rebound to tie the game at one.
The third was more of the same until halfway through the frame Scott Mickoski was assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for a blow to the head. Portage proved why they are the best penalty kill in the league allowing Selkirk just 2 shots with the man advantage.
The game remained tied after regulation and headed to overtime. Portage’s Mackenzie Dwyer had the first opportunity to score in the 3 on 3, but was unable to beat Dola. Selkirk’s Martin ended the game 1:14 in.
The Terriers have 2 games left in the regular season and every point counts as they sit in second place, just one point ahead of Virden. Portage is in Steinbach tonight to face the first place Pistons, then back at home for their final game of the season on Saturday vs the Wolverines.