The Portage Terriers never trailed the OCN Blizzard. But they're still heading home one point shy of a perfect weekend.
George King and Eamonn Miller tallied shootout goals, as the OCN Blizzard erased three one-goal deficits, rallying to beat the Portage Terriers 4-3 in Manitoba Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the Gordon Lathlin Memorial Centre in Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
Jeremey Leipsic and Ty Enns were both denied by Brett Epp in their shootout attempts.
Anthony Keeper scored twice, and King added a goal for OCN. Ryan Sokoloski, Scott Mickoski and Enns tallied for the Terriers, which picked up three of a possible four points in back-to-back road games against the Blizzard.
Sokoloski scored 6:21 into the first period to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Blizzard tied the game in the opening minute of the second, as Keeper notched his first of the night on the power play.
But the Terriers would quickly re-gain their lead. Just 1:31 after Keeper's goal, Enns converted a power play marker to make it 2-1.
Much like their start to the second period, the Blizzard again scored a power play goal in the opening minute of the third. And it was Keeper, again, who managed to beat Brock Aiken to tie the game 2-2.
The Terriers, however, would restore their lead promptly. Just over two minutes after OCN equalized, Mickoski put his team in front 3-2, scoring his second of the season. The Blizzard battled back, again, as King tied the game 3-3 prior to the midway mark of the third.
The Terriers had two power play opportunities over the final five minutes and into overtime, but couldn't manage a decisive fourth goal.
Epp made 25 saves in the win, while Aiken stopped 27 taking the loss. OCN outshot Portage 30-28 while going 2 for 6 on the power play; Portage finished 1 for 4.
The Terriers (25-12-1) are off until Wednesday, when they head on the road to face the Winnipeg Blues (19-14-5). Portage has won both prior meetings between the two clubs this season.