The Portage Terriers fell to the Winnipeg Blues Friday night 4-1 on home ice. The Blues remain undefeated picking up their 5th win of the season.
The Blues started the game strong finding the back of the net in the first minute. It was Josiah Vanderhooft’s 4th goal of the season and league leading 13th point. Winnipeg continued the pressure throughout the period and were able to capitalize on the power play in the last five minutes.
Portage returned twice to the box in the second period and the Blues made them pay. Brayden Foreman scored his second power play goal of the night to make it 3-0 Winnipeg. The Blues added their fourth halfway through the second to put the game out of reach.
Late in the third period Portage broke Dawson Green’s bid for a shutout. It was Thomas Kaufield’s first goal as a Terrier.
“It’s good to get the monkey off my back, but we just have to win,” explains Kaufield. “it’s fun to score, but we ultimately have to play better.”
“We had moments where we were dominant out there, we had moments where we dictated the entire play and that just shows us that we can take it to a full 60 with them,” explains Kaufield. “There’s no hope lost in the locker room, we still got it. It’s early this season, and we’ll just have to do what we’ve been doing.”
Jayden Catellier made 31 saves as Portage was outshot 35-23. The Terriers have a rematch with the Blues Saturday night in Winnipeg. Puck drop is set for 7pm.
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