The Portage Terriers are in desperation mode after tonight’s 3-1 loss to the Winkler Flyers. The Terriers now need seven points over their next four games to make the postseason if the Selkirk Steelers win their final game tomorrow.
Seconds into a double-minor penalty, after a shot by Jayden McCarthy was blocked, the league’s leading-scorer Justin Svenson put the rebound home from a sharp angle. This made it 1-0 Winkler, and they held onto that lead into the second period.
Flyers’ goalie Dylan Meilun went out to play the puck and mishandled it, leading to Austin McLean to centre a pass in front of the open cage. After a few whacks at hte puck, Daniel Siso was there to put home the rebound and tie the game early in the second period.
Catellier made a set of five consecutive saves to keep the game knotted as the Flyers put the pressure on late in the second, while they had the man advantage. The score remained 1-1 after 40 minutes of action.
Trent Sambrook made a long breakout pass to Troy Hamilton, who entered the offensive zone with speed, and put the puck between the pads of Catellier to make it 2-1 Flyers early in the third period.
Jackson Arpin capped off the game with an empty netter to bring the final score to 3-1 Winkler.
The Terriers and Flyers will face off once again tomorrow, with this outing taking place in Winkler at 7:30pm.
At the conclusion of the game the Terriers handed out their annual team awards hosted by the Terrier Ladies’ Auxiliary.
|Award:||Sponsored by:||Terrier Recipient:|
|Fan Appreciation||Homestead – Co-op||Jayden Catellier|
|Rookie of the Year||The Stinson family||Daniel Siso|
|Best Defenseman||Keystone Sports Excellence||Brandon McCartney|
|Most Improved Player||Stride Credit Union Limited||Austin Peters|
|Top Scorer||In Memory of Art Wilkinson||*To be awarded at the end of the regular season|
|Most Valuable Player for Central Plains||In Memory of Murray Tufford||Jaden Pashe|
|Best Defensive Forward||Golden West Radio||Austin McLean|
|Sportsmanship with Ability||Dr. Brian Graham||Matt Wisener|
|Community Spirit Award||The Spiller Family||Ashton Fishley|
|Best Defensive Defensemen||In Memory of Brendan Nicholl||Daron Cyr|
|Outstanding Team Player||Rick & Aime Deleau (Towering Enterprises)||Thomas Kaufield|
|Most Valuable Player||Shopper’s Drug Mart||Jayden Catellier|
|Veteran Award||Portage Terrier Auxiliary||Jaden Pashe|