The Portage Terriers are on the ice at Stride Place tonight. They welcome the Winnipeg Blues for their final visit of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League regular season.
The Blues have only managed one win over the Terriers this season, it came at Stride Place on January 29th in the form of a shootout. The Dogs are fresh off a 5-3 loss to Neepawa on Friday but Assistant Coach Paul Harland says it wasn't exactly a bad performance.
"I thought we played pretty good in the second half of the game we just couldn't finish our chances. We obviously dug ourselves a hole in the first period but we played good after that and we just couldn't score. I thought we started to battle and compete once we were down 2-nothing and we worked hard to give ourselves a chance to come back in the game."
The Blues like to play a more physical style on the ice. The last meeting the Dogs won 6-1 in Portage, and several players from both clubs were ejected toward the end of the final period.
"A couple key guys (for them) left because of penalties or injuries and I feel that took a lot of energy out of their sails," says Harland. "They've been struggling so I'm sure they'll want back into the win column, but points for us are very important. We could use those two points and if we bring our 'A' game we should be alright."
"Over the course of the year when we've had that battle and compete we have done well," adds Harland. "... but when we don't have it, it can be a little bit of a struggle for us. If we get that effort today I like our chances of coming out with a win."
Tonight's game starts at 7:30 at Stride Place.