The U15 Portage Terriers took part in one crazy game on Tuesday night. It was Game 1 of the consolation finals against Macdonald 1, and while they lost 10-9, the whole team was proud to extend this game to the fourth overtime period.
Head Coach Jon Low says it was one of the most insane games he's ever witnessed.
"It was a crazy game before we even got to overtime. It was 9-9 after 50 minutes. We were down at one point, 6-3, but we came back and scored six unanswered goals. We were up 9-6, and Macdonald battled back to force overtime," Low continues. "In the first 50 minutes, we had 18 goals but it took another 62 minutes before Macdonald got one past us. Both goalies were unreal really in overtime. It really was something to experience."
Low says they played quite well in overtime, and despite the loss, the team still left the arena with their heads held high.
"There were definitely chances for both teams to score in the 62 minutes of overtime. We had our chances in their end, and when they got down to our end, our goaltender Robby Desrochers, was playing excellent, and everybody around him was too. It was just a bad bounce toward the end," Low explains. "Everybody, on both sides, were exhausted by the end. Hopefully, we can get them back in the next one."
Luckily for both squads, they have a ton of time to prepare for Game 2 as it goes down on Thursday, March 9, at Stride Place.
"We don't want to give up nine goals. It was a horse race to the finish but if we can take care of our end, the goals will come. The guys are playing their best hockey of the year right now. It's the best time of the year to be playing the best type of hockey. I think we should be able to beat them in Game 2."
The reason for the long layoff is due to the U15 provincials taking place this weekend in Melita. The squad plans to put their best skate forward this weekend and be ready on Thursday to tie up the best-of-three series.