Terriers win RBC opener
Dylan Lynch/Hockey Canada Images - Portage Terriers forward Dylan Butler battles a Soo Thunderbird during a 4-3 double-overtime win at the Elgar Peterson Arena in Humboldt, Sask. on Sunday.
The Portage Terriers opened the 2012 RBC Cup in Humboldt in thrilling fashion with a 3-2 double overtime win over the Soo Thunderbirds on Sunday.
Terrier captain Andrew Wiebe scored the winner with under a minute left in the second overtime.
"That goalie played phenomenal and it was going to come down to one shot and we got it," Wiebe said.
Getting the goal so late in the overtime was also a relief for the tired Terriers.
"You don't obviously want to play another one, we're all pretty tired," Wiebe said.
Brent Wold scored two for the Terriers in regulation with Mike Gemmill adding the other goal.
The Terriers' goalie Adam Iwan made 40 saves between the pipes.
Terriers' coach Blake Spiller is used to playing lengthy games at the Elgar Peterson Arena following the seven-game ANAVET Cup final that included a triple-overtime nailbiter in Game 6, eventually won by the Terriers.
"We seem to like to play long games in this building, that's the third triple overtime, I don't know if that was triple or double it seemed to last forever anyway," said Spiller.
"I thought we really good early.
"Obviously their goalie played really well. I thought that their team really outplayed us in the first overtime and seemed to get some life.
Spiller noted the play of Thunderbirds' goalie John Kleinhans, who made 68 saves in the game along with the style practiced by the Thunderbirds.
"They're kind of a 'kitty-by -the-door' team and they rely on their goaltender and they bury their chances," said Spiller.
"It turned out to be a similar game to their Penticton game last night where they played so well defensively, and obviously they rely on their goaltender and have huge confidence in him and rightfully so the way he's played for them."
Coming off big win
The Thunderbirds were coming off a thrilling 2-1 win over the heavily favoured Penticton Vees on Saturday and seemed to have momentum.
"We've obviously played lots of periods here. It's their second game in two days and they played one of the better teams in Canada that was rated one of the first, they had an emotional win last night and came out to battle tonight," Spiller said.
"I like their team, they're not an easy team to play against and their goaltender makes them even tougher.
The Terriers have had some rest but have been through multi-overtime games throughout their run.
"We're obviously very tired so luckily we have been through some double and triple overtimes. We felt fine and we got right back to it and we played our normal game," Wiebe said.
The Terriers take to the ice tonight against the Woodstock Slammers, the East representative.