The Dogs opened the scoring when Eric Delong found daylight between the post and Kings' netminder, Shawn Monette's pad, but Dauphin roared back scoring 5 unanswered goals in the first and second period and never looked back. The Terriers made it close, getting goals from Dan Campbell, Austin Helie and A.J. Spiller, but Dauphin added 3 more of their own, locking up the victory. Portage head coach, Blake Spiller, says it wasn't a textbook performance by either club last night, noting both teams didn't look too sharp in their own zone. He adds however, the Kings were able to make the Terriers pay on a few more mistakes than the Dogs could capitalize on Dauphin errors, and that was the difference in the hockey game. In other action last night, Neepawa downed OCN 6-4, Selkirk blasted Southeast 7-2 and Swan Valley edged Waywayseecappo 4-3. The Terriers and Kings will renew hostilities this evening when Dauphin comes to Centennial Arena, and the Blades and Steelers will meet again, this time in Southeast and Swan Valley hosts Neepawa.
Western League action saw Regina get by Brandon Wheat Kings 5-4 in a shootout.
In the AHL, Manitoba Moose were 3-0 losers to Philadelphia Phantoms.
This evening in the Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League, Central Plains will be looking to make it 3 wins in a row when they visit the Winnipeg Wild. The Capitals opened the season with a loss but have since won 2 in a row. Central Plains coach, Chris MacKinnon, says the Caps will need to respect Winnipeg's speed, especially along the blue line. MacKinnon realizes his defensive corps. is quite young, but he would like to see defencemen allow a little more gap for the Wild, without giving them too much space. In addition, he says he wants his club to watch their pinches in the offensive zone so they're not stuck chasing the opposition. There are 5 other games around the league this evening. The Capitals and Wild will face off at 7:30 tonight.
Tomorrow in the Canadian Football League, the Bombers will look to keep their hopes of winning the East Division title alive when they make the trip to Hamilton for an encounter with the Ti-Cats. Winnipeg is currently 3rd in the East, behind Toronto and Montreal, with 14 points on the strength of their 7-8 record. With 3 games left on the schedule Bombers kicker, Troy Westwood, says its cliché, but Winnipeg needs to take it week by week, adding he's confident his club and beat both the Argos and Alouettes home or away at any given time. Tomorrow's game will get underway at noon, while in the late contest Calgary welcomes B.C.