The Portage Terriers stumbled in their first of two against Swan Valley last night, and will look to even things up tonight.
 
They fell 6-4 after allowing 3 unanswered goals in the second period. "We just got outworked in the second we really weren't getting any favourable bounces," says Terriers Assistant Coach Paul Harland after the tough loss to start the road trip. 
 
The Stampeders opened a physical first period with gusto, scoring 11 seconds in. Things settled out and Terriers' forward Chase Brakel tied it at one in his return to the lineup shortly after. Mackenzie Dwyer would score on the powerplay a minute later to give the dogs the lead. Their defense wasn't on point in the period but they held out for a one goal lead heading into the second. Goaltender Brock Aiken left the game shortly after the Terriers took the lead, backup Kurtis Chapman played the remainder of the game. Portage had two powerplays in the period to the Stampeders three. 
 
The bounces all seemed to be going Swan Valley's way in the second, leading to a flurry of goals to take over the lead. The Terriers' powerplay went 1-for-9 through 60 minutes, 3 of which were in the second. Harland says they're not looking to change too much for game two, they just have to keep up their effort and play their game to get a win. 
 
A Terriers' comeback looked to be in the works in the third. Chase Brakel would get his second of the night 8 minutes into the period to cut the lead to one. Their continued pressure paid off 8 minutes later in the form of a Calvin Bliid goal, and like that, the game was tied at 4. Things changed quick though off a couple of bad bounces as Trevar Mann scored the game winner for the Stampeders with 2:39 remaining in the game. They would add one more to cancel the hope of a Terrier victory. 
 
Game two is tonight at 7:30. 
 
Points, points, points.
 
A bright side to the loss was the strong return of Terriers' forward Chase Brakel. He had 4 points (2G, 2A) along with line mate Jeremy Leipsic who finished with 4 assists. Leipsic leads the league with 50 points, 14 goals and 36 assists. Chase Brakel is in third with 40. Portage has three other players in the top 20, Ty Enns (14G, 15A), Ryan Sokoloski (11G, 18A), and James McIsaac (13G, 15A). 

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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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