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.

Showing Off.

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

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SCOREBOARD

Wednesday, February 22nd

Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League Playoffs
PCI Saints 4 Fort Richmond 3
(best of 3 series tied 1-1)

Zone 4 High School Hockey League Playoffs
Morden 7 Prairie Mountain 3
(1st game in best of 3 semifinal)

MMJHL
Pembina Valley 5 Stonewall 0

MJHL
OCN 3 Winnipeg 2
Neepawa 5 Waywaysesecappo 3

West Winnipeg Athletic Conference Varsity Basketball
Tec Voc 91 PCI Trojans 82
Tec Voc 77 PCI Saints 52

Zone 7 High School Basketball Championship
Junior Varsity Girls
MacGregor 34 Minnedosa 14
Varsity Boys
Neepawa 68 MacGregor 59

WHL
Calgary 4 Brandon 3

AHL
Rockford 1 Manitoba 0 (SO)

NHL
Edmonton 4 Florida 3
Washington 4 Philadelphia 1
Anaheim 5 Boston 3

Thursday, February 23rd

Winnipeg Women's High School Hockey League Playoffs
Fort Richmond at PCI Saints, 3:45 BDO Centre
(best of 3 series tied 1-1)

SEMHL Playoffs
Carman at Portage, 8 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semi-final)

KJHL Playoffs
North Winnipeg at Arborg, 8 p.m.
Cross Lake at OCN, 7:30 p.m.
(opening games of best of 5 quarter-finals)

Tiger Hills Hockey League Playoffs
West Semi-final
Souris at Killarney, 8:15 p.m.
(best of 7 series 1-1)

Zone 7 High School Basketball Championship
Varsity
Westpark (Girls) at Shevchenko, 5 p.m.
Westpark (Boys) at Shevchenko, 6:30 p.m.

NHL
N.Y. Rangers at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Montreal, 6:30 p.m.
Calgary at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
Colorado at Nashville, 7 p.m.
Arizona at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Orlando at Portland, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Charlotte, 6:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Houston, 7 p.m.
Cleveland at New York, 7 p.m.
Sacramento at Denver, 9:30 p.m.
Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

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