The Portage Terriers are back in action tonight after their longest hiatus of the season. The Dogs' last outing came nine days ago against the Swan Valley Stampeders, who handed Portage their fourth loss of the year.
The Terriers will now look to bounce back tonight in Dauphin against the Kings. Dauphin enters tonight's contest having won two straight games and four out of their last six, which has propelled them up to second place in the West Division.
Portage, on the other hand, has the second-most wins in the MJHL and the second-best goal differential at +29.
This will be the first time that former Terriers Mason Smith and Riley Borody will get the opportunity to face their old team, as they were both traded to Dauphin ahead of the regular season. Smith has been one of the main contributors in Dauphin, with 18 points in 21 games.
Borody's old linemate with the Central Plains Capitals, Ryan Botterill, has been heating up for the Terriers. The local forward is on a four-game point streak and has put up nine points in his last seven games. Botterill also kept rolling in the MJHL Prospect Showcase this past week in Portage, where he found the back of the net once and dished out four assists in two contests.
The Dogs will be looking to use their special teams advantage in this one as they enter the game with a top three power-play and top five penalty kill, while the Kings have the worst power-play in the entire league.
The Terriers and Kings will faceoff tonight in Dauphin with puck drop set for 7:30. You can listen to this game live on CFRY.
Tale of the Tape
Terriers: Brandon McCartney (3G, 19A, 22Pts)
Kings: Jayden Harris (6G, 13A, 19Pts)
Terriers: Bailey Monteith (2.74GAA, 0.896SV%)
Kings: Cole Sheffield (2.89GAA, 0.907SV%)