The Portage Terrier offense came back to life last night as they beat the visiting Waywayseecappo Wolverines 8-3. Portage would score early and often as they netted 4 goals in a 7-minute span in the first period. Kirklan Lycar and Kelby Picard came over in a trade from the Dauphin Kings yesterday and both were seamlessly inserted into the lineup. Lycar was on the right wing of the top line and found instant chemistry with Chase Brakel and Jeremey Leipsic. Picard centered the fourth line between Scott Mickoski and Mack McPhee.
Calvin Bliid opened things up when he buried a saucer pass from Ryan Sokoloski. Kirklan Lycar would get his first goal as a Terrier less than 3 minutes later as he finished off a tic tac toe play from Chase Brakel and Jeremey Leipsic. Sokoloski would use his speed seconds later to score on a breakaway and make it 3-0 Portage. The Dogs wouldn't be done there as Chase Brakel notched his 8th of the season finishing off a 3-2 rush with Lycar and Leipsic. Former Terrier Brandon Stanley would tip home a point shot before the end of the first to bring the Wolverines within 3.
Despite trailing 4-1, the Wolverines outshot Portage 14-10 in the first period. With less than 3 minutes to go in the frame, Wolverine goalie Landon Poiron would leave the game with injury when Terrier forward Chase Brakel was pushed into him as he drove the net. Poiron let in 4 goals on 8 shots.
In the second period, Terrier forward Mack McPhee lost his cool and was given a 5 minute major and game misconduct for crosschecking. The Terriers would be the ones to score first as Brakel scored short-handed. Former Terrier Brendan Martin would respond on the power play for the Wolverines 21 seconds later. Later in the second the top line for Portage would strike again as Brakel finished off a nice pass from Leipsic and completed the hat-trick.
The Wolverines pulled within 3 in the third period when Landon Cochrane came out from the corner and slid it past Brock Aiken, but it was too little too late. The Terriers added goals from Cody Thompson and Ty Enns to close it out. Aiken made 25 saves in the win.
Portage ended their two-game losing skid and improved their record to 10-3. Jeremey Leipsic had 5 assists and moves back into first in league scoring with 28 points. Leipsic, Brakel and Enns all extend their scoring streak to 13 games.
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