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Streak stopped

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

File photo.

File photo.

Someone's good fortune was due to run out.

Connor Barley capped off a three point night with a goal 39 seconds into the third period to lead the Steelers to a 3-2 victory over the Portage Terriers on home ice to snap the Dogs' season-high five game win streak while extending Selkirk's streak to eight straight victories.

After a scoreless first, Barley opened the games' scoring early in the second but Terrier captain Chase Brakel answered back just past the half-way mark to square things up. The Steelers replied a minute later when Barley set up Nathan Hillis but Nick Doyle responded for the Terriers with an unassisted marker to take a 2-2 tie into the third.

Steeler netminder Hayden Dola was flawless in the third, and a difference-maker throughout the game, as the Manitoba Beach, Man., native stopped 49 of 51 Terrier shots to collect his seventh win of the year. Rookie goalie Zach Bennett was solid all night long for the Terriers, making 35 saves in the losing effort.

There's now a log jam atop the MJHL standings as Steinbach, Winkler and OCN are all tied for first with 20 points apiece while Selkirk, Virden and Portage aren't far behind as each team has 18 points.

The Terriers are back in action Saturday evening at home against the Blizzard, the boys will be donning special purple jerseys while skating on ice with a distinct purple hue – all in support of Central Plains Cancer Services. The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game with all proceeds going in support of the local organization.

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