The line of Bowles, Bowles and Henry celebrate as Virden Oil Caps netminder Kuehn looks on.
The Terriers had a full schedule this weekend hosting 3 games in 4 days.
Portage hosted the Wayway Wolverines on Friday night in the dog pound in their 5th meeting this season. The Terriers would down the Wolverines with an 8-2 win, outshooting them, 29-20. Leipsic would pick up his first hat trick as a Terrier with Thiessen, B.Bowles x 2, S.Bowles, and Brakel all contributing and Park picking up the win in net.
The Terriers were right back at it Sunday night as the Dauphin Kings were in town. Portage would jump to an early lead just 55 seconds in to the first on an Orr goal and never relinquish the lead. Although the shots on goal show a more even game, it was all Terriers as they would lead by 3 after 20 minutes and ultimately win 6-1. Goals by Orr x2, MacDonald, S.Bowles, Brakel, and Lightfoot with Bykowski getting the win in net.
In their 3rd game in four days the dogs would welcome the Oil Caps to PCU Centre on Family Day. The Terriers would be going for their 16th straight win and a new franchise record in front of a crowd of 1100. It has since come to light after some digging, that the franchise record for consecutive wins in the regular season is 17 and held by the 92/93 Terriers.
In their final meeting of the regular season and not having played each other since October, the game was fast and physical from the start. The Terriers would be first to score at the 7:04 mark of the first as a Haiskanen point shot would go in off Brandon Stanley. 5 minutes later Nick Henry would continue his 8 game point streak on the power play ( Virden received a bench minor for too many men ) and they would head to the dressing room up 2-0 after one frame allowing the Oil Caps just 7 shots.
Things slowed in the 2nd as Riley Thiessen would score the lone goal of the period and the Terriers would quadruple the Oil Caps in shots 16-4.
The dogs would seal the deal in the 3rd with Thiessen picking up his second of the night and giving the Terriers a 4-0 lead that would be the final score. Park would pick up his 7th shut-out of the season turning away all 19 shots faced.
Portage would also clinch 1st place in the league with Steinbach losing to The Winnipeg Blues earlier in the day.
The Terriers will now face the Steinbach Pistons on Friday at home with a chance to tie the franchise record for 17 straight wins.
Friday the 19th is our last home game of the regular season and it’s also Rain Cheque Night! Any unused ticket from this season will get you admittance to the game. A great night to bring the family down to the PCU and cheer on your Portage Terriers.