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Blizzard sweep weekend set with Terriers

By Brian Oliver, The Graphic

Heather Jordan Photography

Heather Jordan Photography

It was a rough weekend at Stride Place for the Portage Terriers.

Despite being outshot both games, significantly in Sunday evening's contest, the OCN Blizzard put the finishing touches on a weekend sweep of the Portage Terriers with a 4-2 victory Sunday night. The Blizzard overcame a two goal deficit late in the third the night before to steal a victory away from the Dogs.

“We just didn't seem to have the bounces this weekend,” says Blake Spiller, Terriers' head coach/GM. “It's just one of those weekends where we didn't seem to have a whole bunch of luck and I thought we were obviously, at times, the better team here but they found ways."

The Terriers fired 49 shots at OCN's Emilien Boily in Sunday's loss and if it weren't for a pair of goals from Rylee Zimmer, who picked up his sixth and seventh of the year, would have had nothing to show for, as the Blizzard's backstop was steady all weekend long between the pipes.

“We had our opportunities. Boily was good, he came up big lots of times over the weekend and got a little lucky sometimes and we missed the net on a few too,” he added.

Zimmer cut into a 2-0 OCN lead with a power play marker late in the second and brought the game back to within one again late in the third but that's as close as the Terriers would get as Brady Valiquette put things out of reach with a short handed, empty net goal in the final stages of the game.

The Blizzard were heavily outshot - to the tune of 49-23 – but Tony Apetagon, Trygve Many Guns and Rylan Bartley each beat Terrier netminder Brock Aiken to provide the necessary offence.

Boily picked up his second win in as many nights, along with the games first star honours, while Aiken got dinged with his second loss of the weekend.

Terriers play for cancer services

The ice was purple along with the Terriers' jerseys Friday night, all in support of Central Plains Cancer Services. It appeared as if the fundraising event would end on a high note until the Blizzard struck for a pair of goals in the game's final two minutes before completing the comeback in a shootout for a 3-2 win.

The Terriers' jerseys were auctioned off after Friday evening's game with all monies raised going to support CPCS. A cheque presentation along with the announcement of funds raised will be made during a pre-game ceremony at an upcoming Terrier home game.

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