Oil Caps lay a beat down
Terriers' goalie Zach Bennett got hammered by Oil Capitals' forward Tyler Kirkup late in the second period and did not return. The Terriers went on to lose the match 8-2. (Aaron Wilgosh/Graphic)
The game wasn't the only thing the Terriers lost Saturday night.
They were kicked 8-2 by the Virden Oil Capitals in a Manitoba Junior Hockey League match-up in Portage, and lost goalie Zach Bennet, who left due to injury in the second period.
The Terriers wanted nothing more than to get back on track after two losses with a quick start in their own barn. It was a fast first period that seemed like the ice was tilted in favour of the home club for the first 10 minutes but Virden was able to withstand the barrage. Things turned quickly, though, when Oil Caps’ forward Graeme Hore scored from a sharp angle to give them a 1-0 lead. The goal must have shocked the Terriers because half-a-minute later the Caps lit the lamp again to make it 2-0. This time it was Jeran Knorr who buried a rebound in front. A late power play would prove beneficial for Portage. After some great puck movement by Jeremy Leipsic and Daniel McKitrick, Mackenzie Dwyer was left alone in the slot and buried his second of the year glove side to make it 2-1 to end the first period.
Things looked very similar in the second as again Portage seemed to be the stronger team five-on-five, but penalties didn’t allow for much even strength play. There were 12 between the two teams with Virden gaining the man advantage four times. They were able to capitalize once with the extra man, Kirklan Lycar beat Terriers’ netminder Zach Bennett with a shot blocker side to make it 3-1. Frustration seemed to be getting to the Dogs as Scott Mickoski was baited into dropping the gloves all by himself, picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty in the process. A scary moment led to a Portage power play late in the third when Bennet was ran over by Virden’s Tyler Kirkup and a penalty was called. Bennett ended up having to leave the game and Brock Aiken would end up finishing. The Terriers couldn’t find the back of the net with the extra attacker to end the second. They out shot their opponents 24-14 through 40 minutes of play.
It went from bad to worse for the Terriers in the third. Virden combined for five goals in 10 minutes to take an 8-1 lead and never looked back. Ty Barnstable scored a power play goal shortly after to give Portage fans something to cheer about in an abysmal third to close out the scoring. Aiken finished with 19 saves and five goals against in 22 minutes of play, Bennett had 11.
Portage went 2-6 on the power play to Virden's 1-5. They finished the night with 38 shots on net, 14 in the third period. Virden had 39, 25 in the third period alone.
The Terriers finish up the weekend in Winkler Sunday night at 7:30 p.m.