There were no tricks, just treats for the Portage Terriers as they beat the Neepawa Natives 3-1 on Halloween. It’s the first weekend of the season where Portage has won both of their games.
Portage looked strong out of the gate dominating the chances in the first period. Three power plays contributed to their success and they were able to score on the second. Parker Johnson tipped a Ryan Hofer point shot past Neepawa goalie Thomson Phinney.
Tyler Dodgson scored his first MJHL goal early in the second which turned out to be the game winner. He finished off a perfect pass from Hofer who notched his second assist of the night. Portage got into some penalty trouble but all of them were off setting with a Neepawa player. Midway through the second, while short handed, Carter Sawchuck ripped a shot off of the post and in to draw within one.
This is as close as Neepawa would get. Cole Dekoninck scored his second of the season into the empty net from his own end to put the icing on the cake. Chris Fines looked sharp all night making some key saves down the stretch stopping 27. The Terriers ended the night 1/5 with the man advantage.
Portage now gets ready for a home and home series with the Dauphin Kings next weekend. It’s the first time the Dogs see an out of division opponent. The game in Portage on Nov. 6 will have a tribute for late trainer Geno Romanow. Seats are limited, please buy in advance.
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Don’t forget about the Terrier Alumni Jersey Auction, which ends Nov. 1 at 5 pm.