Sluggish Third Period Sinks the Wolverines in Portage

Three third-period goals from the Terriers would be enough to sink the Waywayseecappo Wolverines 6-3 on Saturday night in Portage la Prairie.

It would be the Portage Terriers who would strike first in Saturday nights contest. Just as the Wolverines powerplay expired, Scott Mickoski beat Isaac LaBelle midway through the frame on a funny bounce to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead.

Despite taking a trio of penalties in the first, the Wolverines were able to hold off the Terriers and head into the break down by one.

Portage would get off to a quick start in the second when Braden Billaney would pounce on the puck in front and get one past LaBelle just 42 seconds in. Billaney would get Portage into some penalty trouble just minutes later and the Wolverines would make the Terriers pay for it.

After Jared Roy took a pair of minor penalties on top of Billaney’s, Nick Doyle’s point shot would beat Moore on the powerplay to cut the Wolverines deficit to 2-1.

Still on the 5 on 3 advantage, Nick Doyle put the pick on a tee for Riley Vautour who would make no mistake, blasting one in from the point to tie the game at 2-2. Just 13 seconds later on the powerplay, Alex Lucken’s wrist shot beat Moore’s glove to give the Wolverines a 3-2 lead.

Late in the second, Joey Moffatt’s powerplay goal would send the game into the intermission tied at 3-3. The Wolverines certainly made the most of their opportunities on the powerplay while tying the shot clock up at 15-15.

Portage would come out with speed in the third and their high powered offense would be on full display in the first ten minutes. Reece Henry would give the Terriers a 4-3 lead just 5:07 into the final twenty before Kolten Shindle would capitalize on a clearing attempt from LaBelle that found him in the right spot at the right time to give the Terriers a two-goal lead at 5-3.

The Wolverines would pull LaBelle to get the extra attacker out, but Mickoski would find the empty net to give the Terriers a 6-3 lead and the victory at the final buzzer.

Falling to 15-19-2-2 on the season, the Wolverines will have another shot to redeem themselves on Sunday night when the Terriers pay a visit to the Waywayseecappo Arena Complex.