The Portage Terriers bounced back in a Remembrance Day rematch with the Steinbach Pistons winning 2-1 Friday night. The Pistons wore commemorative Remembrance Day jerseys and had a moment of silence before puck drop.
Once the game began Steinbach came out strong. Terrier forward Kaden Kohle got called for hooking 37 seconds into the period. On the power play the puck came to Ian Amsbaugh at the top of the circle and he beat Jayden Catellier short side. After the goal, it was Steinbach who got into penalty trouble. With a five on three power play, Ryan Botterill snapped a shot over the shoulder of a screened Cole Plowman. 1-1 after 1.
Portage started slowly again in the second period taking a four-minute double minor. The Terriers’ penalty kill was strong throughout the night after letting in the first goal of the game 1:03 in the first. Catellier was a big part of that making some highlight reel saves. With time winding down in the second, Steinbach had a great chance that was stopped. Matt Wisener turned up ice and got a two-on-one with Austin Peters. With a diving defenseman, Wisener got the pass across to Peters who got a shot away that squeezed through Plowman and crossed the line with 11 seconds to play. 2-1 Portage after 2.
Both teams had great chances in the third period but couldn’t finish on some close chances. Portage hit a post and missed an open cage. The Pistons had a shot go through Catellier and trickle through the crease but miss the net. The Terriers hung on for the victory. They improved to 11-0 when leading after two periods and 16-3 on the season.
With the win and coming off of a loss, Portage kept their streak alive of not losing two games in a row this season. The Terriers finished the night 1/4 on the power play. They are back on the ice on Sunday against the Swan Valley Stampeders at Stride Place. Puck drop is at 6:30 p.m.