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Terriers Shutout Wolverines

It was another perfect game for the Portage Terriers as they blanked the Waywayseecappo Wolverines last night 4-0 at the PCU Centre. Portage has now won 7 in a row and have started 2016 with a record of 8-0-1.

Newly acquired forward Jeremey Leipsic was an important player for Portage last night as he factored in all 4 goals. The first goal came halfway through the first period as the puck squirted out to the side of the net where he was waiting on the power play. Minor penalties slowed down the pace of play at times throughout the game, with 13 being called in total.

The Terrier power play would strike again when Leipsic received a perfect pass from Brett Orr to spring him on a 2-0 with Chase Brakel. Leipsic held the puck just long enough to draw the goaltender over, before he slid a pass across to Brakel who finished it off. Portage was outshooting the Wolverines 23-7 after two periods.

Knaub action

Waywayseecappo started to get things going in the third period despite Portage adding two goals from Chase Brakel and Riley Thiessen. Josh Bykowski had to make some key saves down the stretch in order to pick up the shutout. He stopped all 22 that he faced.

Chase Fincaryk was in the lineup for Portage; his first game due to injury since October 28th.

The full box score can be found HERE.

The Terriers head north to Dauphin for a matchup with the Kings on Friday. You can catch the game on CFRY or Portageonline.com starting with the pregame show at 6:50pm.

Terrier faceoff Wayway

Terriers Edge Blues

In the MJHL last night, Portage Terriers returned to the win column with a 2-1 victory over Winnipeg Blues at the MTS Iceplex in Headingley.

Brad Bowles potted a pair of goals in the first period, one on the power play, and that was all the Dogs needed for the win. The second period was scoreless, and while the Blues tried to stage a late comeback in the third, with a goal at the 18:13 mark, that was as close as they came.

Shawn Bowles had a pair of assists for Portage, while Braydon MacDonald and Brock Weston had one helper apiece.

Nathan Park was the winning goalie.

As the score indicates, it was a tight game, with shots on goal even, at 30 for each team.

The game stats are here. 

The Terriers are 5-and-1, good for first place in the league standings. They're 2 points ahead of Winkler, and 3 better than Winnipeg.

The Terriers are off the rest of the week, then have a two-game home stand Saturday and Sunday, versus Swan Valley and Winnipeg.

Elsewhere last night, Selkirk got by OCN 4-3 in overtime. Waywayseecapo dropped Neepawa 5-3.

Terriers Trade 3

Dane SchiolerDane Schioler ready for the faceoff

The Portage Terriers have completed 3 transactions following the RBC Cup. They traded 19 year old forward Ryan Swier to the OCN Blizzard as the future considerations portion in the trade for Grant Valiquette completed in January 2015.

The Terriers traded the CJHL playing rights of 20 year old defenseman Davis Ross and the MJHL list rights of 20 year old forward Nolan Ross to the Virden Oil Capitals as future considerations in the trade for Kevin Pochuk completed in November 2014.

The final deal saw 19 year old forward Dane Schioler head to the Estevan Bruins as future considerations in the trade for David Robertson and Corey Petrash completed in December 2014. David Robertson was in turn sent to Steinbach for the rights of Carson Perreaux.

Head coach and GM Blake Spiller says it's unfortunate but it was a part of the process of building the best possible team for the RBC Cup.

The Terriers now look to their AGM June 22nd

It's Semi Final Saturday at the RBC Cup

 RBC Cup Terriers vs Melfort RR 2

It's semi final Saturday at the RBC Cup with Penticton playing Carleton Place at 2, and Portage playing Melfort at 7. Tune in to both games on CFRY and Portageonline.com with the pre game show starting 2 hours before puckdrop.

During the round robin Penticton finished tied for first with Portage but ended up second because of the head to head tie breaker. The Vees handed the Carleton Place Canadians, the 2014 RBC Cup runners up, their first loss of the tournament Tuesday afternoon 4-3. Andy Sturtz, the Canadians' top forward, left late in the game against Penticton and did not return for the game against Melfort on Thursday; his status for the semi final is unknown.

In the late game the Terriers are hoping for continued success against their prairie counter part the Melfort Mustangs. Portage beat Melfort 6-3 and 4-2 at the Western Canada Cup, and Thursday night at the RBC Cup 3-2. Even though the Mustangs finished in 4th after the round robin, Terrier head coach and GM Blake Spiller knows they deserve to be here.

"They have a good club, they can score goals, they have good goaltending, they get the puck up the ice, and they made it tough on us."

When talking about their last meeting Terrier captain Tanner Jago says "Two of our three goals came off the cycle there in the first, so we gotta work pucks down low and out size them."

He feels they can handle the added expectations, "There is a little bit of pressure there obviously but you gotta have fun with it more than anything."

Penalties were a problem for the Terriers during the round robin as they lead the tournament with 25; 6 more than second. Brad Bowles has been key for Portage at both ends of the ice, killing penalties and scoring goals. He leads the tournament with 8 points. Patrick Newell of Penticton and Zack Waldvogel for Portage are right behind him with 6.

Cole Hyrsky leads Melfort in tournament scoring with 2 goals and 3 assists. He had a goal and assist against Portage in the final round robin game.

The Terriers alternated goaltenders throughout the tournament with Justin Laforest picking up the final start in the 3-2 win over Melfort, stopping 26 of 28 shots. Richard Palmer has played in net for Melfort in every RBC Cup game, posting a 2-2 record, 3.18 GAA and .877 sv%.

Bowles Cleans Up At RBC Cup Awards Banquet

rbc awards bowlesBrad Bowles holds up the Roland Mercier Trophy for Tournament Most Valuable Player

It was a good night for Terrier's forward Brad Bowles, at the RBC Cup 2015 Awards Banquet held last night at the Canad Inns. Bowles was the recipient of three awards recognizing his performance during the tournament, including the awards for top forward, top scorer, and the Roland Mercier Trophy for most valuable player. Bowles says it was great to be recognized for his performance, especially due to the competition during the national tournament.

"It's really special to get these awards, especially in a tournament of this calibre. It's great to come out with a couple tonight."

Bowles had a total of 86 points during the regular season and playoffs, and leads the team with eight points during the RBC Cup Tournament. He credits the work of the team as a whole for his success during the year.

"It's special to me and I think you need to give my teammates a lot of credit for it too, they helped me out a long the way a lot and they deserve it as much as I do."

Two national awards were give out as well, including the RBC CJHL Player of the Year Award. Okotoks Oilers' goalie Nic Renyard took home the player of the year trophy, flying in Thursday night for the awards ceremony. He says it was great to even be nominated for the recognition.

"It's a tremendous honour. When you look at some of the guys who've won this trophy before, it's an honour just to be considered."

rbc awards renyardNic Renyard holds up the RBC CJHL Player of the Year Award

Other award recipients include:

RBC National Junior A Scholarship - Josh Teves of the Merritt Centennials

Top Goaltender - Guillaume Therien of Carleton Place Canadians

Top Defenceman - Dante Fabbro of Penticton Vees

Tubby Schmaltz Trophy for Most Sportsmanlike Player - Patrick Newell of Penticton Vees

Terriers Advance To RBC Cup Final

RBC Cup vs Melfort Semi Final 1

The Portage Terriers are off to the RBC Cup as they defeated the Melfort Mustangs 6-1 in the semi-final match-up. Things got off to a slow start on both ends of the ice as neither could find the back of the net in the opening frame. Shots were also dismal as they ended at 5-3 in favour of the Portage Terriers.

Moving through the 2nd period the Mustangs capitalized first with a goal off the stick of Melita Manitoba's David Heath with assists from Adam Fauchoux and Cole Hyrsky. Answering only three minutes later was the hometown team as bodies were banging in front of the Mustangs' net. Melfort's Richard Palmer attempted to dive on the puck but missed and Terriers' forward Garrick Gray capitalized with a no-look backhand on net. Just over a minute later Terriers' Taylor Friesen caused a turnover in the neutral zone, skating it into the offensive end on a solo effort to backhand the second of the night for his club. Before the end of the middle frame the Dogs began to buzz once again creating a shorthanded opportunity for Brett Orr to give the Terriers the 3-1 lead heading into the final period.

The beginning of the 3rd period began in similar fashion to the 2nd as the Terriers continued to pressure their opponents. Shortly passed the seven minute mark the Mustangs' Riley Boomgaarden and Luc Lemire took back-to-back calls giving the Terriers a big opportunity to score with a 5-on-3 advantage. The club didn't waste any time as Zac Waldvogel tossed a wrister on net giving the Dogs a 4-1 lead. Then Jodyn Boyd caught a beautiful back pass from captain Tanner Jago to snipe it in top-shelf continuing the runaway offensive play from Portage. With a little over five minutes left the Mustangs were in desperation mode and pulled their netminder trying to generate something with the 6th attacker. It didn't prove enough though as Boyd once again capitalized, tossing it down the ice and scoring on the open net to seal the deal.

Terriers' forward Gray said the feeling of going on to the championship game was a surreal one. He spoke modestly about getting things going for his team on the scoresheet.

Portage la Prairie native Zack Waldvogel mentions they've had their sights set on the upcoming game all season long.

The Portage Terriers now get set for their biggest task of the year; the RBC Cup final. They'll faceoff against the Carleton Place Canadians who had a shot at the championship last year but fell to the Yorkton Terriers in overtime. Puck drop is set for 7 o'clock with the pregame show beginning at 5 live from the PCU Centre.

And a reminder, there are 200 standing room tickets available at the PCU Centre box office today. You can also watch the game at the Dog Pound.

RBC Cup vs Melfort Semi Final 2

RBC Cup vs Melfort Semi Final 3

RBC Cup vs Melfort Semi Final 4

RBC Volunteers Recognized

volunteer crowd may172015The volunteer appreciation luncheon

Portage la Prairie's still buzzing following Portage Terriers' RBC Cup victory Sunday night.

That's especially true for the 300-plus volunteers who worked through the duration of the tournament. Just prior to the game, they were honoured at a luncheon organized by the RBC Cup Committee.

volunteer tracey may172015Tracey Taylor

Volunteer Tracey Taylor says they take a lot away from being part of the event.

"You take away what a great community we live in, what great volunteers we have, and just because we're so proud of where we live, and what we have."

volunteer monique may172015Monique Laramee

Monique Laramee got involved because she's community-minded, and thinks it's the same for all the volunteers.

"And I believe you should support your community, and anybody that I asked to help volunteer, they were always there and did everything and anything. I can't ask for a better group to work with because they're phenomenal people."

volunteer paul may172015Paul Gobin

St. Claude's Paul Gobin  says volunteering's what you do, and he wanted to be part of the experience.

"A highlight for me was how fun it was. It was a lot of fun to experience the event, to come every day and see what was going on and to see how smoothly everything went. It was incredible, it was a lot of fun."

volunteer nancy may172015Nancy Brooks with the autographed World Junior Hockey Championship Team Canada jersey she won

For Nancy Brooks, volunteering was an amazing week.

"I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else this week. It's surreal, it's such a huge event. It's such a big mark in the hockey world for us to host this event, and it's just been phenomenal."

volunteer tanner may172015Tanner Waldvogel

Former Terrier Tanner Waldvogel played in a couple of RBC Cup tournaments and feels it was important to be involved.

"I got to play in a couple, so I had some experience with it, so it important I gave something back. I didn't want to just be here to watch, I wanted to help out."

volunteer joanne may172015Volunteer Coordinator Joanne Sullivan (and Mike too)

Volunteer Coordinator Joanne Sullivan calls the volunteers an awesome group, and Portage should be proud.

"Everybody pulled their weight. I think everything went well, and can't ask for anything more. Best volunteers -- Portage has great volunteers and there's people here that I see volunteering over and over and over again. Portage should be proud."

Besides lunch and prizes, the volunteers also posed for a group photo for Hockey Canada. Here are some pictures of that.

volunteer setup may192015Hockey Canada setting up the group shot


volunteer volunteers may172015This is what Hockey Canada shot, but from a higher vantage point


Terriers Tame Mustangs

Terriers vs Melfort Jeanson Line

The Portage Terriers looked like themselves Sunday as they doubled the Melfort Mustangs in their second game of the Western Canada Cup 6-3. For the Mustangs it was their first game of the tournament and the Terriers took advantage.

Portage had all of the jump in the first period; out shooting Melfort 17-5. Jordyn Boyd opened the scoring just over six minutes into the first. Tyler Jeanson drew the defenders to himself at the side of the net, and fed a pass out in front to Boyd, who beat Richard Palmer high blocker. The line would strike again 4 minutes later; Boyd sprung Jeanson and Schioler on a 2 on 0 rush, which Jeanson finished by sliding the puck five hole.

The Terriers would extend their lead to three in the second period while on the power play. Portage worked the puck behind the net with Matt Alexander sending a pass out front to Shawn Bowles who made no mistake.

Ten minutes later the Melfort Mustangs would get onto the scoreboard, as Nick Hermary sent a cross seam pass to the back of the net on the power play. Not wanting to let the Mustangs back into the game, 11 seconds after the Hermary goal, Andrew Zerban took the puck off the faceoff, went through two defenders and slid it in for his first goal as a Portage Terrier.

By the third period, the Melfort Mustangs hit their stride and brought the defecit to 1. They put in a quick goal in the fist 3 minutes, and another 12 minutes after. Portage would respond, as Boyd scored his second of the night from Dane Schoiler, and Carson Perreaux would score on the empty net to extend the lead to 6-3.

Justin Laforest played well in net stopping 22 of 25, and picked up his 1st win at the Western Canada Cup.

Andrew Zerban and Dean Stewart made their W.C.C. debut, which meant Jaryd Wiebe and Chase Faulkner were out. Stewart played defense with Brett Orr, and Alexander moved to forward to play with Zerban and Ryan Swier.

For a complete box score CLICK HERE

The Terriers' next game is Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 CST.

Terriers vs Melfort Pochuck Action

Boyd Player of the GameJordyn Boyd was named Player of the Game


Terriers Win RBC Cup

The Portage Terriers with their championship banner and the RBC CupThe Portage Terriers with their championship banner and the RBC Cup

The Portage Terriers have won the RBC Cup after defeating the Carleton Place Canadians 5-2 in the final. The PCU Centre was electric as the Dogs watched the final seconds tick away on the score clock. The scoring threat got underway through the 1st period as Grant Valiquette forced a turnover in the neutral zone giving him a breakaway opportunity which he capitalized on, going top shelf of Canadians' Guillaume Therien.

Moving into the 2nd the Portage Terriers rallied early on to go up by two. Garrick Gray alongside Shawn Bowles came in across the blue line with Davis Ross who eventually finished off a rebound at the front of the net. As things passed the midway mark Carleton Place capitalized on a 3-on-1 opportunity which saw Alex Robinson wristing a shot glove-side on Zac Robidoux. This made it a 3-1 game moving into the final frame.

With 20 minutes left on the clock the 3rd period started with a boost in offensive pressure from the hometown team. A high-sticking call on Canadians' Ryker Killins resulted in a double minor giving the Terriers a big opportunity. A scramble in front of the net resulted in Dane Schioler scoring on the powerplay, pushing the puck 5-hole on the Canadians' netminder. 17-year-old Tyler Jeanson marked the assist on the goal. With another man advantage coming 6 minutes later Portage once again used the opportunity to score. The high-flying line-up of Shawn Bowles, Zack Waldvogel and Brad Bowles were buzzing around the net with Brad eventually getting to chance to take a shot from the point, which he made no mistake on putting the Terriers up by 3. With less than three minutes to go Shawn Bowles potted an empty netter making the inevitable win even that much more real for the Dogs. As 60 seconds remained the Carleton Place Canadians had one final push as Maxime St. Pierre scored blocker-side on Robidoux. Though it was too-little too-late as the Dogs watched the last second fade off the clock giving the Portage Terriers the win in the national championship.

Robidoux was key for his club to pick-up the much anticipated win. The 18-year-old stood tall and was recognized for his 27 blocked shots as he was named player of the game for the Terriers. On the other end of the ice it was the captain Stephan Baylis.

Head coach and General Manager Blake Spiller has been an integral part of the Terrier organization and all its success. He has cemented his legacy with the club in having the most wins under his belt, in both regular season and the playoffs and now winning the RBC Cup. Spiller says the feeling of knowing your team has won the championship is an unbelievable moment he will never forget.

20-year-old Zack Waldvogel has been a key member of the Terrier squad through the season. The Portage la Prairie local was named the MJHL's top scorer with 78 points through the regular season. His dominant play continued into the post season and the RBC Cup where he netted 9 points for his team. Waldvogel says his success has been easy with all the support he's received over the years.

Terrier captain Tanner Jago was brought into the club early in season. It came as a surprise to some that he was named the leader of the group early on but it didn't take long for fans to warm up to him and even less time for the team to accept him as their own. The 20-year-old says he's been welcomed with open arms and the positivity with the club has been through the roof all season long.

The Portage Terriers have had a season for the history books. The winningest team with a .917 win percentage. Having three runs where the Terriers went 14 straight without losing. Marking 12 wins in the MJHL playoffs with no losses. Now finally being able to hoist the RBC Cup after 43 years without a national championship. It could not have gone to a better group of guys and enjoy the win, you've certainly earned it.


Portage Plays Penticton

 Terrier Action

A tough test awaits the Portage Terriers today at the Western Canada Cup. The Dogs will be the home team as they play the undefeated Penticton Vees at 3:30.

The BCHL champs have looked like the team to beat as they dismantled the Spruce Grove Saints in the tournament opener 11-3. They then downed the host team the Fort McMurray Oil Barons 6-0 on Sunday night. The Vees are lead by 16 year old sensation Tyson Jost who has 5 goals and 1 assist in 2 games. They have prided themselves on depth and it shows up on the scoresheet. Penticton has 14 players with at least 2 points.

Portage will "have to be aware of their speed, they move the puck quick" says Terrier assistant coach Paul Harland. He adds they're "going to have to limit their odd man attacks." The Terriers have been led by the line of Tyler Jeanson, Dane Schioler and Jordyn Boyd, who've combined for 8 points.

Portage has gotten better as the tournament has progressed. They lost their first game to Fort McMurray 3-1, but rebounded the next day to beat Melfort 6-3.

Special teams have played a small part in the tournament, as the referees have let the teams play. There has been an average of 4 minor penalties called per game. Penticton's drawn the most penalties, and have gone 3-8 with the man advantage. Portage has had moderate success as well, scoring 2 goals on 6 chances.

Make sure to tune into the game on CFRY and Portageonline.com with the pregame show starting at 3:30 CST.

Here's a look at the standings.

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