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Terriers Stumble in Neepawa

Coming off a 9-2 win over Dauphin the night before, the Terriers fell in overtime in a back and forth affair with the Natives last night in Neepawa.

Despite not registering a single shot in their first two powerplays in the first period, Neepawa was first on the board with a goal from Belinski off an end glass rebound. AP Forward Reilly Funk evened things at one beating Benoit at 16:14 of the first.

Both teams traded opportunities in the 2nd, but it looked like the Terriers took the lead when Ty Enns celebrated a goal late in the frame. The ref didn’t signal the point and Neepawa’s Friesen scored on the same play. Portage protested, but none of the officials saw the puck go in and Neepawa took a 2-1 lead heading in to intermission.

Portage once again drew even early in the 3rd, Williams scoring with a point shot on the powerplay.  Neepawa regained the lead moments later Brett Namaka beating a screened Aiken.

For the 2nd time a powerplay marker tied the game for Portage, Enns picking up his 10th goal of the season to force overtime.

It took Neepawa just 31 seconds to end the 3 on 3 extra frame, Manaka picking up his second of the game.

Portage is back in action this weekend at Stride Place welcoming Dauphin on Friday and Swan Valley on Sunday.

With Virden losing to Steinbach last night, the Terriers sit alone in 2nd with one point over the Oil Capitals and 2 game at hand.