The Winnipeg Blues won a physical game against the Portage Terriers, 5-2, for their seventh straight victory.
The game started out evenly matched, with both teams controlling the puck for extended periods of time.
Eventually, Jack Kaiser intercepted a Thomas Kaufield pass, and Jaden Ostrowski potted the rebound to open the scoring. That looked to be the way the period would end, but Mike Tanchak scored a rebound goal of his own with one second left to give Winnipeg a 2-0 lead through 20.
The second period started off with both teams exchanging a goal, but the Blues would open things up at the game’s halfway point. Josiah Vanderhooft scored on back-to-back breakaways 38 seconds apart to build a 5-2 Blues lead.
This led to a lot of chirping and checking between the two teams. The two teams combined for 40 penalty minutes in the game, including a ten-minute misconduct to Portage captain Logan Calder.
Dawson Green backstopped the Blues to their seventh win. He’s been the netminder in every game so far this year.
The two teams have Thanksgiving off, and will finish their series up in Portage on Sunday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.