The Portage Islanders managed to claw one point of out Notre Dame in South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League action at the PCU Centre. They fell 7-6 in a shootout to extend their losing streak to five games.

"We made a good push at the end of the game," says Islanders' Eric DeLong, who finished with two goals on the night. "We had a lot of chances through the game but we didn't finish them until the ones at the end. The Hawks, on the other hand, were very opportunistic on their chances."

Portage jumped out to a one-nothing lead thanks to Zack Waldvogel's first of the night. It was the only goal scored in a physical first period.

IMG 7629The Islanders celebrate Waldvogel's second goal of the night in the third period to get them within one.

Notre Dame combined for five goals in 11 minutes in the second period while the Islanders only found the back of the net twice. Tanner Waldvogel scored first and Anders Strome followed up with a powerplay goal. The score was 5-3 at after 40 minutes.

Zack Waldvogel scored his second of the night three minutes into the third on the powerplay to get the Islanders within one. Notre Dame's furious attack continued to throw hits at the Portage defence and it paid off in the form of a late goal to make it 6-4 with two-and-a-half minutes left in the game. As fans thought the game might be out of reach for the Islanders Eric DeLong scored twice in 11 seconds to tie the game with a minute to go.

Notre Dame had several chances to finish things off in overtime but a strong Portage penalty kept the Hawks off the board and forced overtime. The visitors went first in the shootout and Steve Clark was stoned by Mitch Wiebe. Anders Strome shot first for Portage and got them ahead 1-0 with a shot the beat Hawks' goalie Brett Timmerman. The next two Notre Dame shooters found the back of the net to put pressure on Islanders' final shooter Eric DeLong, who missed on the final chance to tie things up.ZACK WALDVOGEL POSTZack Waldvogel nailing the post in the shootout

"The physical game isn't necessarily our game but I think we hold our own against people pretty good," says DeLong on the Hawks' intensity throughout. "That's a staple of their game. They're a meat and potatoes team, and there were definitely that here."

The Islanders are off until Sunday when they visit Winkler. The loss drops them to 9-2-3 this season.

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SCOREBOARD

Thursday, January 19h

Zone 4 High School Basketball
Varsity Girls
Shevchenko 65 Westpark 37
Varsity Boys
Shevchenko 61 Westpark 37

Zone 7 High School Basketball
Varsity Girls
MacGregor 55 Carberry 21
Varsity Boys
MacGregor 81 Carberry 20

West Winnipeg Athletic Conference Basketball
Junior Varsity
PCI Saints 44 Kelvin 42
St. James 59 PCI Trojans 55

SEMHL
Carman 6 Portage 3

MFMHL
Pembina Valley 4 Central Plains 1

Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League
PCI Saints 4 JH Bruns 3

MJHL
Waywayseecappo 6 Dauphin 2
Steinbach 7 Winnipeg 2

KJHL
Cross Lake 5 Norway House 3

NHL
Ottawa 2 Columbus 0
N.Y. Islanders 3 Dallas 0
N.Y. Rangers 5 Toronto 2
Washington 7 St. Louis 3
Minnesota 4 Arizona 3
Nashville 4 Calgary 3
Anaheim 2 Colorado 1
San Jose 2 Tampa Bay 1

NBA
Cleveland 118 Phoenix 103
Miami 99 Dallas 95
Washington 113 New York 110
San Antonio 118 Denver 104
Minnesota 104 L.A. Clippers 101

Friday, January 20th

SEMHL
Stonewall at Portage, 8 p.m., PCU Centre

Tiger Hills Hockey League
MacGregor at Souris, 8:30 p.m.
Minnedosa at Deloraine, 8 p.m.
Cartwright at Melita, 8:30 p.m.

MJHL
Swan Valley at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Selkirk at Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Neepawa at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.

KJHL
OCN at Peguis , 8 p.m.
Fisher River at St. Malo, 8 p.m.
North Winnipeg at Arborg, 8:15 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Yellowhead vs Kenora @ Shoal Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Eastman @ Beausejour, 8 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Boston, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Montreal at New Jersey, 6:30 p.m.
Nashville at Edmonton, 8 p.m.
Florida at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

NBA
Toronto at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Milwaukee at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Portland at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Golden State at Houston, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Utah at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Indiana at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

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