After a tight low scoring game two in Wayway, there were 12 goals scored at Stride Place last night.
The Terriers are now one game away from advancing to the semi finals.
Sam Huston opened the scoring at 8:11 of the first on the powerplay with his team leading 3rd post season goal. Brakel and Thompson with helpers. Wayway answered with a goal of their own, Moore thinking he had the puck covered, but Lee managed to tuck it by him.
Late in the period, Henry scored his first of the playoffs beating Labelle with a backhand. Mickoski buried a rebound on a wide open net on the powerplay and the Terriers took a 3-1 lead into intermission.
Less than 3 minutes in the second Funk skates the puck from the neutral zone and feeds the perfect pass to Shindle for the tap in. Portage produced multiple chances, but Labelle came up big for the visiting Wolverines until Mickoski found the back of the net for his 2nd of the game. That would end the night for Labelle, with 12 saves on 17 shots.
With one second left on the clock, Wayway`s Doyle scored on a scramble in front with the man advantage with Orca Wiesblatt in the box.
Wolverine captain Bestul buried short side on Nathan Moore from the top of the circle 1:26 into the third to give his team momentum, but for the second straight game the Terriers scored a shorthanded marker. Funk causes the turnover at the blueline on the forecheck and beats Reay with the backhand.
Doing everything they could to get back in it, Lawson made good on the powerplay with Bestul picking up his second of the night and just like that it was a one goal game.
With just over 4 minutes to go, former Terrier Jack Tonnies picked up a minor for cross checking on Funk and Buchholz made them pay. The Wolverines would pull their goalie for the extra attacker, but Poirer found the empty net and the Terriers took game 3 in an 8-5 final.
Moore picked up his first post season win with 19 saves. Portage was 3/4 on the powerplay while Wayway was 2/9.
Portage has a chance to sweep the series this Friday in Wayway. Failing to do so, Game 5 will be at Stride Place on Sunday 7:30pm.