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The Islanders gave up three power play goals against the Hawks Wednesday night at Stride Place.

Islanders fall to 1-3 with loss to Hawks

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

The Portage Islanders fell 4-1 to Notre Dame Wednesday night in Portage la Prairie. Portage is now 1-3 this SEMHL season. (File photo/The Graphic)

The Portage Islanders fell 4-1 to Notre Dame Wednesday night in Portage la Prairie. Portage is now 1-3 this SEMHL season. (File photo/The Graphic)

A bumpy start to the season.

The Portage Islanders are 1-3 in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League thanks to back to back 4-1 losses with the most recent coming against Notre Dame Wednesday night at Stride Place in Portage la Prairie.

“A combination of things contributed to the loss,” says Islanders player/gm, Jeremy Brooks. “A lot of guys were injured and we finished the game with 10 players, six forwards and four defence. So we were pretty exhausted by the third, plus the penalty trouble.”

This Hawks jumped out to a 2-1 lead in a physical first period thanks to two power play goals as the bad blood was clearly still around from last season. Aaron Dupasquier scored the Islanders lone goal with just over five minutes to play in the opening period. After a back and forth second period with no scoring, Notre Dame pulled away in the third. The Hawks scored two more goals to make it 4-1, one of which was another power play goal.

“We still played well in the first two periods I thought,” admits Brooks. “We’re still a new group but we’re coming together, and our attitude is still positive in the room and on the ice. A couple of bounces could have changed any of our losses too so we can’t get down.”

The Islanders are back in action Saturday when they visit Altona. Puck drop is 8 p.m.


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