The Portage Terriers kick off the 2020-21 MJHL regular season tonight when they visit division rivals, the Virden Oil Capitals.
The Terriers and Oil Capitals met twice during the preseason with Virden winning 5-1 in the rookie game and 5-4 in their final meeting. The Oil Capitals have a strong core of returning players including Hunter Cloutier who had 65 points in 55 games last season. They have also added dynamic forward Connor Geekie. The 16-year-old was the second overall selection in the WHL bantam draft and is a player who has NHL aspirations.
Tonight will be the first game for a young Terrier squad with only 6 returning players. Veteran forwards Reece Henry and Jacob Piller will be looked upon to provide the scoring punch and they will be aided by new comers like Rhys Raeside, Tyson McLean and Ryan Hofer. Puck drop tonight is at 7:30 pm and you can catch all of the action on CFRY and Portageonline.com.
Tale of the Tape
Portage Terriers 44-14-2
Virden Oil Capitals 32-23-5
2019-20 Team Leaders who are returning
Terriers – Jacob Piller 39GP – 14G – 26A
Oil Capitals – Hunter Cloutier 55GP – 29G – 36A
2019-20 Goaltenders who are returning
Terriers – Cole Johnston – 8-3 2.29 GAA, .903 SV%
Oil Capitals – Kyle Kozma – 13-6 2.96 GAA, .896 SV%