In their 2nd of three games at home this week, the Terriers welcomed the Wolverines to Stride Place. This would be the third meeting of the teams, Portage coming out on top in the two previous.
Wayway was out in front early in the first as Soosay put a puck in off Moore’s skate from behind the net at 6:12. In his first game back with the Terriers, Scott Mickoski notched the game at one a couple minutes later beating Reay 5 hole from the slot.
Portage took the lead with 4:22 to go in the frame with Gorski rushing the zone and throwing a pass to Roy who set up Billaney for a beautiful wrist shot that found the back of the net for the eventual game winner.
The Terriers had some opportunities in the 2nd, but weren’t quite getting the bounces and Reay played well for the Wolverines. Captain Ty Barnstable doubled the Terriers lead scoring high blocker from the top of the crease on a nice pass from Moffatt.
The last 20 minutes were scoreless, with tension after each whistle. Shindle and Vautour were both tossed after squaring off.
Scott Mickoski talks about his first game back as a Terrier. “It felt great to be back in Portage tonight. I was really fired up to play and it was nice to get the win.”
Portage outshot the visiting Wolverines 46-22 in a 3-1 final. Moore earned the win in net and the Terriers went 0/7 on the powerplay.
Tomorrow night the Terriers welcome the Swan Valley Stampeders in their first meeting of the season. Portage remains in first 2 points ahead of Swan Valley with a game in hand.
Tomorrow night’s game sponsor is Simplot.