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Turnbull Trophy Preview & Schedule

(1) Portage Terriers vs. (2) Steinbach Pistons

On paper it is the matchup that’s supposed to happen. The top ranked Portage Terriers and the team that finished 11 points behind them in the regular season, the Steinbach Pistons. When it came to the campaign these two teams were close. Portage took the six game season series winning four contests, but two were in a shootout. Portage went 4-1-1 against Steinbach while the Pistons were 2-2-2 against the Terriers. In those six tilts four of them were decided by just one goal and two were by two tallies while three of the meetings went to a shootout. This is the fourth straight season Steinbach and Portage have squared off in the MJHL playoffs. Steinbach won the first two with Portage sweeping last year’s championship. It’s hard not to picture this series going the distance, if that’s the case MJHL fans are definitely in for a treat.   

SCHEDULE

GM 1 – Friday Apr. 8 – Steinbach @ Portage – 7:30pm
GM 2 – Sunday Apr. 10 – Portage @ Steinbach – 7:30pm
GM 3 – Wednesday Apr. 13 – Steinbach @ Portage – 7:30pm
GM 4 – Sunday Apr. 17 – Portage @ Steinbach – 7:30pm
*GM 5 – Tuesday Apr. 19 – Steinbach @ Portage – 7:30pm
*GM 6 – Friday Apr. 22 – Portage @ Steinbach – 7:30pm
*GM 7 – Sunday Apr. 24 – Steinbach @ Portage – 6:30pm

Key Playoff Stats

Goals For Average

Terriers: 5.62

Pistons: 4.27

Goals Against Average

Terriers: 2.12

Pistons: 2.27

Power Play

Terriers: 21.88%

Pistons: 29.17%

Penalty Kill  

Terriers: 82.05%

Pistons: 81.25%

Portage’s Top 3 Playoff Scorers

1. Brad Bowles (6G, 13A = 19 PTS)
T2. Shawn Bowles (7G, 5A = 12 PTS)
T2. Nick Henry (7G, 5A = 12 PTS)

Steinbach’s Top 3 Playoff Scorers

1. Daniel Taillefer (5G, 10A = 15 PTS)
T2. Quintin Lisoway (8G, 6A = 14 PTS)
T2. Cole Smith (6G, 8A = 14 PTS)

Goalie Stats

POR – Nathan Park = 8-0   /   2.12 GAA   /   .911 SV%   /   1SO
STB – Roman Bengert = 8-3   /   2.08 GAA   /   .919 SV%   /   1SO

Home/Away Records

POR Home Record = 4-0
POR Away Record = 4-0
STB Home Record = 5-1
STB Away Record = 3-2

Last League Championship

PORTAGE – 2015
STEINBACH – 2013