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Terriers Pick up the Win in Game One at Westerns

Nick Henry would score the first of the tournament on this play.

Portage opened the Western Canada Cup today versus the Melfort Mustangs. It took the Terriers a few minutes to find their stride, but would open tournament scoring on a goal from Nick Henry at 5:34 of the first from the slot. Assisting was Shawn Bowles and Dean Stewart. The Terriers would be 0/1 on the powerplay in the first and 2/2 on the penalty kill.

At the 1:34 mark of the second the Mustangs would take a minor for tripping. On the ensuing powerplay Brett Orr would bury a wrister from the point on Palmer, Haiskanen and MacDonald would pick up assists.

Mayan would beat Park low glove less than a minute later from a cross crease pass to bring the Mustangs back within one. Shots on goal after forty minutes were 21-18 Portage.

The Terriers would turn it on in the third and control much of the play outshooting Melfort 10-3. The Mustangs would call a time out and pull Palmer with 34 seconds to go to try and even the score, but the Terriers would hang on for the 2-1 win.

The Terriers next game is tomorrow night at 8:00pm CST vs the host team the Estevan Bruins.

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At the start of the game Melfort Captain Tristan Frei presented Brad Bowles with a cheque for $1000 from a fundraiser the team had for Braydon Pettinger. It was a great way to start off the tournament.