Terriers Shutout Blues

Story Courtesy Jared Thiessen (Portageonline.com)

The Portage Terriers swept the season series with the Winnipeg Blues with a 7-0 victory Wednesday night on home ice.

The Terriers opened up the game with some good shifts. Nolan Nenow rushed through the middle of the ice and at the side of the goal made a nice pass to Tayem Gislason. He was able to tap home his 11th of the season with just over five minutes ticked off the clock. Alyandro De Leon scored the Dogs next goal as he got a pass from Gabriel Laflamme at the side of the net and went far side on the Blues’ netminder. The Terriers outshot the Blues through 20 minutes 10-5. 2-0 Portage after one period.

The offense increased in the second period, with an early powerplay goal. Matthew Schulmeister took a high-sticking call, and the Terriers’ powerplay went to work, with Slade Stanick scoring on a tap in at the side of the net. They wouldn’t stop there though, as Laflamme would be the recipient of a beautiful tic-tac-toe play that left him with a wide open net to tap the puck into. De Leon would score his second of the game on a breakaway, faking a shot in the high slot, driving the net, dangling the netminder. The Terriers would get their second powerplay just past the 10-minute mark, but were unable to score on it. 5-0 Portage through two periods.

The Dogs added two more goals in the third period, as Daniel Siso got a pass from Tayem Gislason with the Blues goalie down, and put it away to make it 6-0. Finally, Rhett Perrin tucked one past the Blues’ goalie for his sixth goal of the season, making it 7-0. That’s where it would stay, as Jayden Catellier would stop all 13 shots he faced for his third shutout of the season.

Rhett Perrin shared his thoughts on getting back in the win column.

“I thought it was a great bounce-back game for us. Obviously, we had a tough night in Dauphin, but I think we were all on the same page that we could have a good game tonight, do the little things right and I think that’s what happened today. We got pucks out, we got pucks deep, and things were just going.”

Portage returns to action with another back-to-back kicking off Friday night when they visit the Winnipeg Freeze at the Hockey for All Centre, followed by the final regular season game, a home contest against the Neepawa Titans on Saturday.

Prior to the game, Ashton Fishley was named the MBLL player of the month for February. He was also given the Fan Appreciation Award sponsored by Homestead Coop.  After the game, the Terriers held their annual awards night presented by the Ladies Auxiliary.