Portage Blaze stung by Brunswick 0
The Portage Blaze were defeated 2-0 by the Brunswick Sting on Tuesday night at Republic Park. The Blaze will take on PTSC Extreme on Sept. 4 in Winnipeg. (Jordan Maxwell/Portage Daily Graphic/QMI Agency)
The Portage Blaze played the first of a few round robin playoff games on Tuesday at Republic Park but came up short in their effort.
The Blaze were shutout 2-0 against the Brunswick Sting, surrendering two goals within a ten minute span in the first half.
Head coach Bryan Mintenko said there was little motivation to play this game, which ultimately cost them one in the loss column.
"It was a really slow pace to the game and we played down to their pace which is what they wanted. They had a really good transition and put in some through balls, so they got a couple goals that way," he said.
The Sting controlled possession for most of the game as the Blaze were simply outworked by their opponents in this one.
Key turnovers also cost them and they couldn't maintain control of the ball in the middle, said Mintenko.
"The pace just wasn't there and we weren't winning possession enough in the middle. That's what killed us tonight. I don't think the focus or effort was there tonight."
The Blaze hope for a better showing on Sept. 4 when they face off against PTSC Extreme in Winnipeg at 6:00 p.m.