The Winnipeg Blues perfect run is done. Winnipeg dropped a tight game 3-2 to the Portage Terriers.
The first period saw no scoring with neither team able to get any sustained momentum or quality chances.
The main turning point in the game came halfway through the first, when Winnipeg was unable to score on a five-minute man advantage. Portage kept the Blues to the outside, keeping them from creating chances or getting shot lanes.
The offenses came alive at the start of the second. Darien Schaan scored his first MJHL goal 17 seconds in, but Eric Fawkes tied the game 61 seconds later to even it back up. A minute and five seconds after that, the Terriers were back on top after Brandon Funk deflected Keenan Sutherland’s point shot home.
The Blues appeared to tie the game late in the second, but Brayden Foreman was denied his sixth goal of the year because the puck was knocked down with a high stick. For the first time this year, the Blues entered the third period trailing the game.
Portage came out looking to win, but Mathieu Moreira tied the game on a five-on-three early in the second.
The tie was broken by Portage local Jaden Pashe, who squeaked a one-timer over Dawson Cowan’s shoulder for the game winner. The Terriers locked their zone down the rest of the game for the win.
Jayden Catellier got the win for Portage, while Dawson Cowan stopped 29 of 32 shots in his first MJHL start.