Dawson Green made 42 stops and was perfect in the shootout to lead the Blues to a 2-1 shootout win over the Portage Terriers.
Portage got an early lead on a lucky bounce off the back wall, but the two teams played even hockey through the rest of the first. Both teams had good chances, but Brandon Funk’s goal stood alone after one.
The Blues put together a great PK in the second, not giving Portage a shot in 27 seconds of five-on-three or the power play time surrounding that chance.
The Blues would get the game evened up on the power play – Tyler Teasdale put a slapshot off a Terrier into the net to make the game 1-1. It was the first power play goal the Blues scored in their past nine games.
Both goalies put on a show for the Stride Place crowd, making big saves to keep the game tied up. The Blues also got some luck, as Portage hit three posts in five minutes.
Overtime couldn’t get either team the win, but it wasn’t for lack of chances. Winnipeg outshot Portage 6-1 in the extra frame, not including a rebound chance Mike Tanchak put off the post.
In the shootout, Sean Williams put home a low-blocker wrister to give the Blues the extra point and snap Winnipeg’s three game skid.
The Blues next game comes Friday, March 4 when Winnipeg heads to Winkler for a crucial matchup with the Flyers. Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.