The Portage Terriers regular season has come to an end, and for the first time since clinching third place in the MGEU East Division, they'll be playing meaningful hockey. Playoff schedules for all four first-round matchups are now in place. Thirteen teams started out the season hoping to make the post season and now we are down to the final 8. 

The Terriers will face off against the Winkler Flyers, a team that the Dogs have found success against this season. Despite the Flyers (42-11-2-3) having a better record than Portage (36-14-4-4), The Terriers have won four out of five contests against their rivals one hour to the south.

As Winkler is the higher seed in the matchup, the Terriers will start on the road. The schedule for the series is as follows:

Friday, March 22, at Winkler

Sunday, March 24, at Portage

Wednesday, March 27, at Winkler

Friday, March 29, at Portage

Saturday, March 30, at Winkler*

Monday, April 1, at Portage*

Wednesday, April 3, at Winkler*

*If necessary

The Terriers netminders will have to be sharp as forward Dalton Andrew from the Flyers earned the Mike Ridley Trophy, awarded to the top goal scorer in the MJHL. Andrew and forward Trent Penner from Winkler were named first-team all-stars, while the Terriers' defencemen Tayem Gislason also received the honour.

All four playoff series will start Friday as the Steinbach Pistons host the Niverville Nighthawks, the OCN Blizzard square off against Dauphin Kings, and the Virden Oil Capitals have home ice as they battle the Neepawa Titans. Steinbach finished first overall in the regular season.