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Islanders find scoring in Portage

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

Islanders captain Tanner Waldvogel had a stellar night in Portage with four points (1G, 3A) in their 7-3 win versus Altona Friday night at Portage Mutual Arena. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

Islanders captain Tanner Waldvogel had a stellar night in Portage with four points (1G, 3A) in their 7-3 win versus Altona Friday night at Portage Mutual Arena. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)

The battle for fifth place is on.

The Portage Islanders found their scoring touch in their 7-3 win over Altona Friday night in South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League action at Portage Mutual Arena in Portage la Prairie to jump one point ahead of the Maroons in the standings with playoffs right around the corner.

“It was nice to finally break the dam in the third period. We were fighting it on our chances so it was nice to finally break through,” says Isles captain, Tanner Waldvogel – who finished the night with four points. “We’ll look ahead to Saturday’s game against Warren now and try to get on a roll heading into playoffs.”

The game was tied 3-3 heading into the final period and that’s when things really tilted in the Islanders’ favour. Portage’s Rene Hunter, Mat Mayduza, and Tanner Waldvogel each scored through 40 minutes. Waldvogel also drew assists on the Hunter and Bayduza markers. Portage had 32 shots on goal while goalie Mitch Wiebe made 17 saves through the first 40.

It didn’t take long for the home team to take the lead in the final frame. Dan Leslie lit the lamp 1:10 in and the Islanders held that 4-3 lead until just over the halfway mark when Hunter netted his second of the night. Zack Waldvogel gave Portage a 6-3 lead with six minutes left then Kyle Lopez added the final Islander goal just 16 seconds later. Wiebe finished the night with 33 saves to his opponent’s 43.

Portage and Altona have one game remaining this season and they both go Saturday evening. The Islanders are in Warren to take on the Mercs in their final game of the season while the Maroons play the last place Winkler Royals. Portage needs at least a point to secure fifth place or the Maroons can take it back with a win. 

The Islanders and Mercs get going at 8 p.m. in Warren.


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