The Portage Terriers picked up their 5th win in a row last night in a 5-2 victory over the visiting OCN Blizzard. Ashton Clark got his team on the board first as he buried a loose puck at the side of the net 2:30 into the first period. Both teams started taking penalties, and at 4 on 4 Brady Valiquette got OCN on the board ripping a shot high glove off the rush on a screened Brock Aiken. Returning Terrier veteran Ryan Hendrix scored his first of the season with less than a minute to play to give Portage the 2-1 lead heading into the second period.

THOMSON KEEPERTerrier defenseman Jordan Thomson about to take a shot.

It would be all Portage in the second frame as they outshot OCN 15-9. Portage would get a power play goal from Chase Brakel who finished off a gorgeous no-look pass from Ty Enns. Brakel says he is starting to gel with his new teammate.

"I think we connected really well. Obviously I've been playing with Jeremey since the start of the year and we have really good chemistry and we find each other. When Enns was traded here he fit right in on our line. He has gotten in on most of our goals. We just have really good chemistry together."

The line of Ryan Hendrix, Ashton Clark, and Calvin Bliid looked strong throughout the night and would get the fourth Terrier goal of the game late in the second period. Clark felt his line was doing the little things right.

"We played well tonight in the defensive zone which helped us in the offensive zone. Getting pucks in and getting pucks out."

The Blizzard would draw within 2 in the third period when George King ripped a shot off the cross bar and in. Terrier forward Jeremey Leipsic put the game out of reach as he finished off a nice play from his linemates 2.5 minutes after the goal from OCN. Brock Aiken made some key saves when needed for Portage and picked up the 23 save win.

The Terriers improve to 7-1 on the season and sit 2 points back of Steinbach for first. Chase Brakel, Ty Enns, Jeremey Leipsic and Jordan Thomson are all currently on an 8 game point streak. Portage plays two more home games this weekend; Dauphin on Friday and Waywayseecappo on Saturday.

WOWIE KEEPERCaptain Adam Wowryk

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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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