The Portage Terriers were back in form for the MJHL Showcase at the MTS Iceplex yesterday. They walked away winners of a 7-2 decision against Selkirk.
"We worked hard and won a lot of battles to loose pucks," says Assistant Coach Paul Harland when asked about his team's performance. "We skated really good and played a fast game, and we got pucks to the net and it resulted in a few goals for us."
It looked like it was going to be a tight game after a slow first period, but the Dogs' offense broke loose for six goals in 40 minutes. Chase Brakel opened the scoring toward the end of the first period on the penalty kill. Jeremy Leipsic picked up the assist on the play.
The Steelers tied the game just over two minutes into the second period, but it was short-lived, as Portage defenseman Jordan Thomson regained the lead four minutes later. They would add two more in the period, one on the powerplay from Jeremy Leipsic, and the other from forward James McIsaac. The Terriers controlled the play for most of the frame with 16 shots on net, and they were 1-for-2 with the man advantage.
The scoring touch continued into the third when Ryan Sokoloski lit the lamp to give Portage a 5-1 lead on the powerplay. Ty Enns made it 6-1 three minutes later, Sokoloski picked up an assist on the play and finished the game with four points. Former Terrier Ezra Hall then scored against his former club in a last-ditch effort to get something going for the Steelers. Takato Cox would add the final goal for the Terriers with just over a minute to go in the game.
Brock Aiken picked up the win in net for the Terriers. He made 26 saves for the victory. Harland says their powerplay really came to life by moving the puck and getting bodies in front of the goalie. They finished 2-for-6 on the night.
"That created some opportunities for us (on the powerplay)," says Harland. "So we're really happy that we got to generate a couple of powerplay goals. I think our penalty kill has been better the last little while, and with our speed, we were able to create a nice chance and get a goal."
The Terriers next game of the showcase is against Dauphin Wednesday night. That game can be heard on CFRY and at Portage Online dot com.
The MJHL Showcase has always been a great opportunity for scouts to check out a variety of players all in one place. "I think there is going to be good attendance here for scouts, and it lets our guys -- and all the guys in the league -- showcase their skills," says Harland. "Hopefully, it will elevate them to a higher level of hockey when they're getting close to their junior hockey career being over."
There are five games at the MTS Iceplex today. Check the schedule below.
Tuesday's MJHL Showcase Lineup.
1 p.m. - Virden Oil Capitals vs Steinbach Pistons
3 p.m. - OCN Blizzard vs Neepawa Natives
4 p.m. - Winnipeg Blues vs Waywayseecappo Wolverines
6 p.m. - Winkler Flyers vs Swan Valley Stampeders
7 p.m. - Dauphin Kings vs Selkirk Steelers
Wednesday's MJHL Showcase Lineup.
1 p.m. - Neepawa Natives vs Virden Oil Capitals
3 p.m. - Steinbach Pistons vs OCN Blizzard
4 p.m. - Swan Valley vs Winnipeg Blues
6 p.m. - Waywayseecappo Wolverines vs Winkler Flyers
7 p.m. - Portage Terriers vs Dauphin Kings