In their last game before the regular season starts this Friday, the Terriers came out firing on all cylinders outshooting the Natives 46-23 on their way to a 6-1 win.
Portage opened the scoring 9:18 into the first with Billaney going high glove on Spencer and they never looked back. Neepawa’s Driver scored their lone goal of the game when an unfortunate giveaway at the Terriers blue line cost them.
Veteran defenceman Cody Thompson regained the Terrier lead finding the back of the net with a shot from the blue line on the powerplay at the end of the frame for a 2-1 lead heading into the dressing room.
Portage went on to control play in the following 2 periods, allowing just 9 shots in the 2nd and 7 in the 3rd.
Mickoski scored for Portage in the 2nd with another powerplay goal.
Shindle, Mickoski and Van Deynze would each score in the 3 to increase the Terriers’ lead in the final 20 minutes. Mickoski’s found himself on a breakaway out of the penalty box on a Shindle dish where he undressed the goalie for a beautiful goal and his 2nd of the game.
Nathan Moore played all 60 minutes for the dogs and turned away 22 of 23 shots faced.
The regular season opens this Friday with Portage on the road to face the Winnipeg Blues. The Terriers then welcome the Blues to Stride Place for their home opener Sunday at 6:30pm.
You can purchase walk up tickets early at Stride Place reception to avoid line ups on game day. If you are picking up season tickets, the office will be open from 4:30 – 6:15pm, closing just prior to the start of the game.