The Portage Collegiate Trojans are feeling redeemed after last night's victory. The squad defeated the Morris Mavericks 4-1 on home ice after losing to the same team in overtime last week. Defenceman Maddox Shindle describes the keys to the win.
"We knew they were going to be a physical team again, so we had to be ready for the physicality," Shindle explains. "Also burying our chances. We got outshot at the start but we managed to fill the net."
Alex Van Deynze led the way on the scoresheet as he finished the contest with a pair of goals and a helper. Shindle and JJ Oke both had multi-point nights, and goaltender Rowan Cherkas was credited with 48 saves in the game.
Rowan Cherkas made 48 saves to help the Trojans snatch their 11th win of the season. pic.twitter.com/rb8uPBP0y9— PortageOnline (@PortageOnline_) January 13, 2023
Shindle says the loss last week was a bit of a reality check for the team.
"We haven't lost many games this season, so that let us know that we have to keep working hard. No night is a guaranteed win."
The Trojans will be back on home ice for their next contest against the Pembina Tigers. Shindle describes what they'll have to do in that one to keep the wins coming.
"Just shut down on defence and not give up as many shots. That's what gave these guys the win last week and kept them in it today."
The Trojans will return to Stride Place on Sunday in search of win number 12 against the 9-4 Pembina Tigers.