In a game between the top 2 teams, Portage came out on top in front of a big crowd at Stride Place last night.
Owen Murray joined the rush and buried from the slot for the first of the game 4:26 in to the first. Swan answered with Osadick scoring 2 goals less than 3 minutes apart, but the Stampeders lead was short lived, Shindle scoring his 16th of the season to tie the game at 2 just 16 seconds later.
Portage regained the lead with 10 seconds left in the frame, Reece Henry batting a rebound passed Pipes.
An early goal by Moffatt in the second doubled the Terriers lead. Reece Henry made it a 3 goal spread with his second of the game going high blocker on Pipes from the slot.
An intense game for both teams, there were a number of after the whistle skirmishes. Swan would take advantage of a powerplay late in the period, Uryga closing the gap to 2.
The rough stuff continued in the third with a total of 24 minutes in penalties assessed. With 1:58 on the clock and a Terrier in the box, the Stampeders called a time out and sat their goalie for the extra attacker. Despite the two man advantage, the Terriers shut them down for the win.
Ethan Peterson earned his 16th win in net, backing 25 shots.
Portage remains in first 6 points ahead of Swan Valley.
The Terriers are on the road to Winkler this Sunday to face the Flyers. Game time 7:30pm.