The Portage Terriers picked up their third straight win and sixth of the season on Saturday night when they beat the Virden Oil Capitals 5-4 at Stride Place. Despite letting in four goals, one of the best players of the night for Portage was netminder Jayden Catellier. He was knocked over multiple times, but fought through it to make 29 saves.
The Terriers jumped out to an early lead in the first period when Ryan Botterill scored on the power play. Virden took another penalty eight minutes later. This time Hudson Cameron capitalized for Portage with his first as a Terrier. The Oil Capitals would respond near the end of the frame with a goal from Dean Gorchynski. 2-1 Portage after 1.
Oil Capital forward Josh Lehto appears to have his former teams number. He scored two against Portage on Thursday and then again in the second period on Saturday. It tied the game at two, and was the only goal of the second period.
Portage has been able to score in bunches against the Oil Capitals. On Thursday they scored four goals in a six minute span. In the third period, the Dogs scored three goals in the first five minutes. Matt Wisener finished off a nice pass in front and then Brenden Holba and Brandon McCartney both notched their first of the season. Despite being down three goals Virden didn’t give up. Nicholas Guberman and Bray Rookes scored midway through the period to make it a one goal game.
Despite pulling their goalie the Oil Capitals were unable to tie the game. Portage now has a couple of days off before heading to Winnipeg to play the Blues on Tuesday. The Terriers are currently second in the standings and are four points back of the 7-0 Steinbach Pistons.