Portage Terriers’ record is now 1-1 at the Sun Life Financial Western Canada Cup.
Despite a spirited third period, Terriers lost 2-1 to Chilliwack Chiefs Monday night in Penticton. Terriers are off Tuesday, going back on the ice Wednesday against Brooks Bandits.
“We tried to generate some offence but their goaltender made some plays and he was there,” Terriers’ GM/Head Coach Blake Spiller told CFRY-Radio.
“We definitely know we can play here. We made a few mistakes and they cost us. I was happy with the way we played overall. Obviously, we were right there, but couldn’t score that tying goal. It was one of those games which was disappointing, but we have to keep battling.”
“We’ve been here a few times and can keep going. We’ll relax on Tuesday and get back to work on Wednesday; another tough game against a top team. Once again we’ll be ready.”
Despite the loss, Terriers are still very much alive to qualify for one of four playoff spots in the WCC. The MJHL champions have three points in total, tied with Penticton and Chilliwack. Brooks Bandits (AJHL) lead the field with five points, while Battlefords North Stars have a single point.
The WCC playoffs take place on the weekend; two teams from the WCC will move on to the RBC Cup.
James McIsaac scored the lone goal for the Terriers. Chase Brakel was named Portage’s player of the game.
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