The Terriers came in to last night’s game on top of the league riding a four game winning streak that ended with a 5-3 Virden win.
Portage was off to a good start, creating chances and controlling play. Newcomer Orca Wiesblatt in his first game as a Terrier scores the opening goal tapping in a pass from Peyton Gorski.
Orca found the back of the net again finishing off a pass from his brother Ocean for a 2-0 Portage lead.
At 15:32 Virden’s Tanner Andrew cut the Terriers lead in half getting a rebound by Ethan Peterson, then with seconds left in the frame Sidoni ties the game on the powerplay.
Portage backed off in the second and Virden continued to find the back of the net. Halliday scored less than 2 minutes in pushing a rebound past Peterson while Cloutier made it 4-2 Virden with a beautiful bar down shot.
Trailing by two in the third, Shindle capitalized on a misplayed puck behind Virden’s net and fed Mickoski in the slot to make it a one goal game.
The comeback wasn’t meant to be as the Terriers fought for the equalizer. Despite pulling the goalie and being on the powerplay with a 1:23 to go, Portage would give up the empty netter in the 5-3 loss.
Peterson records the loss stopping 23 shots. Portage was 0/3 on the powerplay.
Next up the Terriers welcome the Blizzard to Stride Place this saturday, game time 7:30pm.