Kurtis Chapman recorded his first shutout as a Terrier last night as Portage blanked Selkirk 3-0 in MJHL quarterfinal action. The Terriers came out strong in the first period on the road. Ryan Sokoloski scored halfway through the first period with a tip on a Carter McMurdo point shot. Portage would continue to pour on the pressure in the first but it remained a one-goal game.
Josh Martin took a four-minute double minor penalty for spearing near the end of the frame that carried over to the second. The Terriers would kill it off and another penalty to Sokoloski. The momentum would lead to the second Terrier goal minutes later. Ty Barnstable stole the puck at the Selkirk blue line and walked in on Hayden Dola untouched. He faked to the backhand and was able to score into the empty cage on his forehand.
Halfway through the second Ryley Thiessen dropped the mitts with Liam Kroeker in a spirited tilt in the corner. Both players were ejected from the game. The Terriers moved forward Nick Doyle to defence and they never looked back. Chapman would make some key saves down the stretch, (29 in total) to preserve the win. Jeremey Leipsic added his second empty net goal of the series in the dying seconds to put it out of reach.
The Terriers now have a 3-2 series lead and have an opportunity to advance to the second round on Monday night in Portage. Puck drop is at 7:30 at Stride Place.
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