Terriers Edge Pistons in Overtime

The Terriers battled back in the third from a two goal deficit to force the extra period where they came out on top.

In a game that meant nothing in the standings and saw key players on each team missing from the line up, both sides made it clear they wanted the two points.

Beauchemin opened the scoring for Steinbach with a tap in on Peterson 7:09 into the first. Sam Huston answered less than a minute later with a textbook powerplay goal, Brakel and Thompson assisting.

With 2:34 to go in the frame, Beauchemin scored his second of the game to take a one goal Steinbach lead into intermission.

Portage had chances in the second to close the gap, but despite outshooting their opponents 14-2, the Pistons increased their lead as Boedey Vaith made good with the man advantage just past the halfway point.

The Terriers went to work in the third getting pucks deep and testing Lenz, but the Steinbach netminder kept turning them away. With less than 5 minutes to go and down by 2, Brakel found the back of the net and the crowd ignited.

Down by one, the Terriers had all the momentum as it seemed the Pistons were running out of gas. With 2 minutes to go and Peterson on the bench Ocean Wiesblatt buries his own rebound from the slot to tie the game at 3.

After a 5 minute break, overtime started with the Terriers on the powerplay, McConnell picking up a late cross checking minor. Portage controlled the extra frame outshooting the Pistons 6-1, but Peterson made the one save he had to, to give his team a chance to win.

With 27 seconds left in overtime, Ocean Wiesblatt won the offensive draw giving Portage possession. After regrouping in the neutral zone, Wiesblatt would skate straight up the middle and throw the puck on net at a screened Lenz for the overtime winner.

Wiesblatt’s overtime winner was his 11th of the season and he is the Klean King hardest working player of the game.

Peterson earns the win stopping 17 shots on the outing.

Portage will play host to the Winkler Flyers this Saturday in their last regular season game. This is also Rain Check night, so any unused ticket from this season will gain entry to the game. Join us and our game sponsor Farmery at the Dog Pound.