VIDEO: Terriers face ANAVET elimination
The Portage Terriers are down to their last out in the final ANAVET Cup.
The Terriers fell 2-1 to the visiting Humboldt Broncos at the PCU Centre on Tuesday night to trail the best-of-seven Manitoba-Saskatchewan championship series 3-0.
Game 4 is set for Wednesday night, again at the PCU Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Former Swan Valley Stampeder Ryan Marshall tallied both goals for the Broncos, potting a one-timer on a first-period power-play before backhanding home the winner midway through the third. Mike Gemmill had the lone marker for the Terriers, sending a rocket past Humboldt goalie Matt Hrynkiw in the second period.
Portage netminder Adam Iwan made 35 saves in all, including a pair of cross-crease robberies to keep the game close in the first. Hrynkiw, the SJHL's top goalie all year, responded with 34 stops for Humboldt.
Regardless of the series outcome, both teams will be in action in the RBC Cup, which takes place from May 5-13 in Humboldt.
Head coach Blake Spiller felt the team came out much better than it had in either of the two games in Humboldt.
"Both teams played pretty tight here tonight," said Spiller. "It was a game that could've went either way and (was) obviously our best effort of the series.
"We limited our mistakes. They're such a good club that if you make too many mistakes, they'll make you pay. We did a lot better job of that tonight."
Iwan liked the way the team played in front of him, but said the attackers just couldn't solve Hrynkiw.
"I thought we played really well," said Iwan. "We got it down low in their place, in their end, and I felt like we dominated off the cycle.
"We created some good opportunities, but we just couldn't put home the second one."
Underlining Iwan's point, the Terriers had a pair of five-on-three power-plays in the second period on which they were unable to convert.
"We could have got ourselves a lead there and didn't," said Spiller. "We had a couple opportunity there and Lars (Tyler Larson) had a chance in the slot and Steck (Kostecki) hit the goalie and it went over.
"We could have had one there."
For more, please see Wednesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.