The Portage Terriers dropped their fifth game in a row Friday night falling 4-1 to the Selkirk Steelers. Offence has been hard to come by for the Terriers this season who currently rank 11th in goals scored.
Selkirk jumped out to the early lead in the first period. Mathieu Catellier pounced on a rebound in front of Terrier goalie Jayden Catellier to open the scoring. Four minutes later the Steelers scored again. This time it was Tyson Smith who chipped a shot past Catellier at the side of the net. Minutes later Selkirk goalie Hunter Tarves turned the puck over behind his net and Terrier captain Logan Calder responded with a wrap around goal to draw Portage within one. For Calder it was his team leading sixth goal of the season.
The Terriers went 0/3 with the man advantage in the first period and weren’t able to tie the game heading into the intermission. Portage looked strong to start the second period but they couldn’t bury the puck. Selkirk picked it up in the back half of the second, but neither team was able to score.
The Selkirk Steelers broke things open halfway through the third period. Former Terrier Sheldin Howard snuck it past Catellier to regain the two goal lead. Portage wasn’t able to mount a comeback and Cameron Hibbert added the empty net goal to put the game out of reach.
The Terriers now get set for a rematch with Selkirk Saturday night at Stride Place. Puck drop is set for 7:30pm.
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