The Portage Terriers hit the road for their first game after the Christmas break this evening. The Terriers lost a pair of games to end their schedule before the holidays, both in extra time.

The first loss came at the hands of the Selkirk Steelers 5-4 in overtime, when Rocco La Cara scored on a breakaway that gave goaltender Jayden Catellier little chance to stop.

The second was in Niverville, a shootout defeat that went 8 rounds. 

Steinbach ended their first half by rattling off three consecutive wins, 2-1 over the Winnipeg Freeze, 7-1 over the Winnipeg Blues, and 4-3 over the Winkler Flyers. 

At this point in the season, Steinbach has won 3 of the 4 meetings between these two teams.

Portage played a league-high 35 games before the holiday break and is hoping the time off will have their team well-rested and ready for the final 23 games of the season.

Steinbach played 31 games and has 27 games remaining in their schedule.

Special teams have been a strength of the Pistons on both sides, with their powerplay hovering around 20% and their penalty kill up over 90%.

The Terriers penalty kill has been a strength, especially on the road where it sits at 90.7%, but the powerplay has struggled over the first 35 games, scoring on just 15% of their opportunities, a historic low for the team.

Puck drop is 7pm in La Broquerie. Tune in on CFRY 920AM to hear all the action!

Tale of the Tape

Portage: 21-7-4-3
Steinbach: 24-4-3-0

Head to Head (Portage's record)

This season: 1-3-0-0
Last 5 season: 6-11-1-0