The Portage Islanders and Notre Dame Hawks play Game 3 of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League championship final tonight in Notre Dame. The Islanders lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 after last week's home and away victories.
"Notre Dame's a really hard working team, a meat and potatoes type of team, and we've been able to match that work ethic," says Islander forward Eric DeLong. "We've been able to pot a few more than them, and we've had some great goaltending as well."
The Hawks had a lot of chances to tie the game in the third period of Game 2, but Portage netminder Mitch Wiebe shut the door every time.
"He deserved all the credit for the Game 2 win," admits DeLong. "I think that Game 1 was a lot smoother for us all over the ice but Game 2 was all him. He was on it right from the start of the game."
"It's not over yet at all," adds DeLong. "We'll have to keep working as hard as they do, and if we keep doing what we've been doing we should be fine."
The puck drops tonight at 8 in Notre Dame. Game 4 is Thursday night in Portage.