After game one of the Portage Terriers vs Winkler Flyers series put the Dogs in a hole, the message from the coaching staff was clear; everyone needed to show up and do their job.

Following a 4-1 loss to Winkler to kick off the series, it wouldn't be surprising if doubts started to creep in. Luckily, when it came to game two, the team returned to form as three different Terriers found the back of the net. The team was able to hold on defensively too, stopping a third-period surge from the Flyers to level the series at 1-1 after a 3-2 win.

Assistant coach Paul Harland says the difference between games one and two was staggering.

"On the night of game one, as a group, we didn't play our best," adds Harland. "It was a good sign that in game two everyone gave their all, so we came out with the win."

With what could be a pivotal game three around the corner, Harland, and the rest of the coaching staff, hope the Dogs come out with the same intensity they did in game two.

"I think every game will be a good game in this series," notes Harland. "As long as we bring what I know we can, we'll have a chance in every game. The focus is to come out with a good start and simply score more goals than them."

Game three in Winkler is set for March 27, with puck drop at 7 p.m.