The fans were treated to a fast paced, back and forth physical match last night in Selkirk with the home team coming out on top. Selkirk was able to hold on to a 4-3 win despite being outshot 36-26.
Ryan Sokoloski opened the scoring just over halfway through the first period beating Hayden Dola on a breakaway. A minute later Selkirk tied the game with the extra attacker after Kain Stevenson was injured in a hit and Portage was assessed the extra minor for roughing. Halvorsen potted the rebound on Kurtis Chapman. Later in the period the Terriers scored their second of the game, but it was waived off as it was batted in with a glove from Mackenzie Dwyer. The period would end tied at one.
Portage was back on top early in the second with a goal from Martin as he found the rebound in front, but Selkirk was quick to answer with a Jake Dudar goal on the powerplay. With :35 left in the frame, Jeremey Leipsic scores on the breakaway to restore the one goal lead heading in to the dressing room.
With his second of the game, Jake Dudar tied the game at three 4 minutes in to the final frame. It didn’t take long for the game to become physical after a Turner Santin hit in the corner. Santin, McMurdo and Kochanski along with Selkirk’s Pruden all receiving game misconducts. Portage was able to kill the 4 minute Steeler advantage, but gave up the lead to Selkirk for the first time on a goal from Carter Barley at 7:04.
The Terriers battled for the rest of the period with opportunities including a diving Chase Brakel as the buzzer ended the game, but Dola was solid in net and Selkirk picked up the two points.
Selkirk heads to Portage tonight where the Terriers will be looking to avenge last night’s loss. They are currently 8 points back of Selkirk in third and four points behind OCN in fourth. With 7 games to go, every point matters in the playoff push. Tonight’s game starts at 7:30pm.