Finding the back of the net for the Dogs were, Dan Leslie, J.P. Boucha, James Cain, Carson Rowat and Eric Delong registered a hat-trick. Portage head coach, Blake Spiller, says the Terriers found success last night on the strength of their forecheck, noting that's something the club focuses on in practice; getting pucks deep, applying physical pressure and crashing the net. He adds so far it's worked out for the team resulting in some trash goals, but that's O.K. as the Dogs have had some trouble scoring this season. Other results last night saw Dauphin paste Waywayseecappo 6-1, OCN double up Southeast 6-3, Selkirk hammer Neepawa 8-4 and in an exhibition match Winkler defeated the Under 18 German National team 4-2. This evening, Portage welcomes the Blizzard, Swan Valley is in Southeast, the Saints host the Flyers and in another exhibition game, the Neepawa Natives will test their skills against the Under 18 Belarus National club at Brandon's Keystone Arena.
Last night in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League Brandon doubled up Norman 2-1, the Winnipeg Thrashers scored a 14-1 victory over Kenora and Pembina Valley downed Southwest 5-1. The Central Plains Capitals will look to get back on the winning track tomorrow when they welcome the Winnipeg Thrashers to Centennial Arena. The Capitals opened the month with a 6-1 loss at the hands of the Interlake Lightning on Wednesday evening, with an effort head coach, Chris MacKinnon, characterized as "lazy". For tomorrow's encounter with the very speedy, offensively dangerous Thrashers, MacKinnon, says the Caps will need to put pressure on the inexperienced Winnipeg defence, which will in effect slow down breakouts from their own zone and cause some turnovers. To that end, MacKinnon realizes just how fast the Thrashers are and as such his club will need to respect that but at the same time keep the Winnipeg forwards on the outside and as a result force the Thrashers to shoot from a distance, limiting their scoring chances. Action tonight sees Eastman in Brandon, the Winnipeg Wild in Dauphin to battle the Parkland Rangers, Kenora and Interlake will meet up in Stonewall, while in Birtle Yellowhead and Norman will face off.
In the Winnipeg High School Hockey League, on Thursday Warren improved to 4-3 on the season with a 2-1 victory over St. John's Ravenscourt. Wildcats head coach, Tony D'Angelo, says all three of their lines were rolling really well, keeping their shifts short, noting they played a tight forecheck game and limited St. John's opportunities as much as possible. Putting the Wildcats on the board were Scott Slagerman and Alex Oliver. In other action, Sanford was dropped 5-2 by Westwood. Sabres head coach, Ryan Ogilvie, says his club was in awe of 5-0 Westwood in the first 20 minutes, simply being content to watch their opposition skate around, allowing them to do whatever they wanted and spotted them a 2 goal lead. He adds they came around in the middle frame tying the contest at 2, but couldn't catch a break in the third giving up 2 more and an empty netter to put the game away. Sanford's goal scorers were Luke Lavoie and Zane Foster.
Meanwhile, Portage Collegiate lost their opening game at a high school hockey tournament in Neepawa. They were downed by Sanford 3-1.
Oakville Seals opened the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey league season with a loss. It was 5-3 in favour of Stonewall Flyers.
One game in the South Interlake Hockey League. Ashern topped Lake Manitoba 9-6.
In the WHL, Deer trimmed Brandon Wheat Kings 5-2.
Manitoba Moose were AHL losers. Grand Rapids shut out the herd 4-0.