Portage took a 2-0 lead over the Wolverines last night in the quarterfinal series in front of a lively Wayway crowd.
The first 20 minutes looked a lot different than in game one with no goals registered last evening. It was a fast and physical start, both teams looking for the win.
The Terriers had chances in the first including two powerplays, but Labelle made a couple great saves to keep the game even.
Portage found themselves killing penalties in the second when a shorthanded marker would give them the lead. Ocean Wiesblatt springing Cody Thompson on the breakaway for his first post season season goal that drained the energy from crowd.
The Terrier lead lasted just 53 seconds into the third, Lawson coming down the left side on the 2 on 1 electing to shoot, and tucked it under the crossbar.
Minutes later Portage had a 5 on 3 opportunity to regain the lead, but were unsuccessful. Halfway through the period Conrad Phillips was stoned on the breakaway by the glove of Peterson to keep the game tied at one.
With less than 5 minutes to go, Buchholz tipped McPhee’s shot over Labelle’s shoulder for a 2-1 lead and the game winner. Moffatt would backhand an empty netter from the neutral zone for insurance and a 3-1 final over the hosting Wolverines.
Peterson earned his second straight win with a strong showing in net backing 25 shots.
Game 3 is this Wednesday, March 13th in Portage. Puck drop at 7:30pm. The game sponsor is Telus and the first 150 fans will receive a pair of Telus tech gloves. You can purchase your tickets early at Stride reception to avoid game day line ups.