The offense came alive last night for the Portage Terriers as they beat the visiting Swan Valley Stampeders 7-1. The Dogs have averaged almost 7 goals in their last 3 games and are averaging over 5 goals per game this season. The first period started quietly though with the Terriers and Stampeders only mustering a combined 12 shots. The first intermission seemed to kick Portage into gear as Jeremey Leipsic scored 48 seconds into the frame when he finished off a pass from Kirklan Lycar.

It was a night of firsts as Lane Taylor scored his first career MJHL goal off a point shot to make it 2-0. Boedey Vaeth would respond minutes later for Swan Valley; he banged home his first MJHL goal at the side of the net. The Terriers would start to take over as the period moved along. Ryan Sokoloski pounced on a loose puck and tucked one home on a 2 on 0 rush. Calvin Bliid would score in a similar situation before the end of the second, sliding the puck 5-hole on Stampeder goalie Connor Slipp.

Bliid Behind NetCalvin Bliid behind the net looking for the puck

The Terriers wouldn't let up in the third period, adding three to their total. Leipsic scored his second of the night in the first two minutes, Mack McPhee scored his first as a Terrier, and with less than a second on the clock Ryan Hendrix knocked one home to make it 7-1.

McPhee attributes their three-game winning streak to the way they prepare. "We're practicing like we want to play. We are going pretty hard in practice and it is carrying over into games."

Brock Aiken looked comfortable in net stopping 16 of 17 shots. Kelby Pickard had assists on the goals from Taylor and McPhee which are his first two points as a Terrier. Special teams wasn't a factor as only 6 penalties were called; three against each team.

The Terriers are now off on a 3 game road trip starting Friday night in Neepawa. The game against the Natives tomorrow night will be broadcast on CFRY and Portageonline.com with the pre-game show starting at 7:20pm.

For the complete box score CLICK HERE.

Aiken SaveBrock Aiken making one of his 16 saves

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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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