Portage Terriers lost their first game at the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup at Estevan, dropping a disappointing 3-2 overtime loss Tuesday afternoon to West Kelowna Warriors.
Despite the loss, the Terriers have still clinched one of four playoff berths at the WCC. Two teams will then advance to the RBC Cup later this month in Lloydminister.
Terriers, who were down 2-0 at one point, received goals from Adam Wowryk and Brett. Terriers are now 2-0-1 at the WCC, while West Kelowna improved to 1-1-1.
“I thought we outplayed them for the most part,” GM/Head Coach Blake Spiller told CFRY-920. “I’m proud of the way we played. Penalties did hurt us. Part of the game, and a part you have to overcome. We’ll move on to tomorrow.”
“I thought we had good jump and made it tough on them. It was a tough bounce at the end; but that’s hockey. We’ll bounce back and play our game. Our goal was to get to Saturday and we’ve accomplished that. We’d like to make the 1-2 playoff game. We need to keep putting our best foot forward. We find ways to play well.”
Terriers next game is Wednesday night against Brooks Bandits (AJHL). “In my opinion, Brooks is the class of the field,” said Spiller. “But we’ll show up and play our best.”
EXTRA POINTS: West Kelowna has a total of nine players committed to NCAA Division 1 schools. Portage has two: Brett Orr (Bentley) and Dean Stewart (University of Nebraska Omaha Div II). Terriers outshot the Warriors 35-28. Terriers’ netminder Nathan Park was named player of the game.