The Portage Terriers scored early and often as they beat the Neepawa Titans 6-1 on Saturday night at the Yellowhead centre. Portage’s special teams lead the way with the Dogs going 5/8 on the power play and scoring a goal shorthanded. All of the goals in the game were scored on special teams.
Neepawa started the game with a few chances on Jayden Catellier but Portage struck first. Austin McLean chipped a puck ahead to Matt Wisener springing him on a 2 on 1. He passed across the slot to Daniel Siso who put it past Gavin Renwick for his first of the night. Midway through the period Portage’s power play gave them a two goal lead. Set up in the attacking zone Hayden Lacquette had a point shot find it’s way through traffic to notch him his first goal as a Terrier.
Two minutes later, with Brayden Michalchuck in the penalty box, Lacquette’s point shot was stopped, but Siso banged home the rebound. 3-0 Portage.
With seconds left to go in the first, while shorthanded, Wisener picked off a pass in the neutral zone and used his blazing speed to race into the Neepawa zone. After drawing some defenders to him, he hit Daron Cyr in the slot for his second goal of the season. 4-0 Terriers.
Down four goals and on the power play to start the second period the Titans showed some life. Cameron Trimble walked in untouched off the rush and snapped a shot over the shoulder of Catellier.
Portage responded quickly and regained their lead. With good puck movement around the point Brandon McCartney blasted a shot through traffic past Renwick. 72 penalty minutes were handed out in the second period including two fights.
With the game out of reach Mason Smith made a nice play driving to the net to put the icing on the cake. 6-1 Portage.
Catellier made 33 saves for his tenth win of the season. The Terriers 12th ranked power play had their best outing of the season. Portage will now get ready for a four game set with the Steinbach Pistons starting next weekend.
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