The Portage Terriers will take a trek down Highway 3 today for their final game of 2022. The Dogs will be taking on the Winkler Flyers tonight and will be looking for some redemption after a rough outing the last time they visited the Centennial Arena.
The Dogs were downed 8-5 less than two weeks ago in Winkler and gave up five straight goals in the first period. Portage outscored the Flyers 5-3 the rest of the way (The final Winkler goal coming against an empty net) but that wasn't enough to come all the way back.
This time around, Portage is coming off a big win in Steinbach against the league's top-seeded Pistons. In that contest, the Dogs only trailed for 16 seconds of game time and out-shot the league's best offence 44-29.
With a victory tonight, the Flyers and Terriers would be tied in the standings at 46 points, however, the Terriers will have two extra games to play in the new year.
The Terriers' power-play has been on fire in the month of December as the team is converting on 29 per cent of their opportunities. In their last outing against Winkler, the Dogs put home three power-play goals.
Slade Stanick extended his point streak to five games against Steinbach, finding the back of the net on a breakaway at the end of the second period. The 19-year-old from Rapid City is now nearing the point-per-game mark, as he has 22 in 24 games.
The Terriers and Flyers will play their final game until 2023 tonight, with puck drop set for 7:00.
Tale of the Tape
Terriers: Hayden Lacquette (11G, 24A, 35Pts)
Flyers: Trent Sambrook (5G, 28A, 33Pts)
Terriers: Jayden Catellier (3.06GAA, 0.890SV%)
Flyers: Malachi Klassen (2.48GAA, 0.919SV%)