The Portage Terriers bounced back into the win column on Saturday night, beating the Selkirk Steelers 5-3.
After losing 6-1 on Friday to the Steinbach Pistons, Captain Tayem Gislason was happy with the result tonight. “Everyone is in a great mood. It feels good after the game yesterday to win one. We hope to end the calendar year on a good note. We want to get some big wins before the break where we can take some time to see our families.”
The first period was a back and forth affair with the Steelers and Terriers alternating goals. Portage’s goals came from Decker Mujcin and Parker Korman. Mujcin now has points in three straight games, and Korman leads the team with 12 goals. The game was tied 2-2 heading into the intermission.
Terrier assistant captain Daniel Siso capitalized on a power play opportunity late in the second period to give Portage their first lead of the game. He finished the night with a goal and two assists.
“We had the game plan to be hard on their defence and work harder than them. We did that tonight and it showed,” says Siso. “We don’t want to get too happy with where we are at. We want to keep working hard and the wins will follow.”
The Terriers kept that mentality heading into the third period when they went up by two goals. Gislason blasted a point shot on the power play for his 6th of the season and third point of the night. Selkirk quickly responded with a goal from Ethan Brown, but Nolan Nenow put the game out of reach with a one-timer goal on the power play.
Portage outshot the Steelers 28-25 and finished 2/4 with the man advantage. Jayden Catellier looked good making 22 saves in the Terrier net for the win.
Portage will now play in Waywayseecappo on Dec. 12 in a make up game against the Wolverines. They won’t be back at home until after the Christmas break on January 7th.