Beavers strike first
The Portage Islanders are down 1-0 in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League playoffs after falling 3-1 in Carman Tuesday night. (file photo)
Home advantage remains with the Beavers.
The Portage Islanders lost 3-1 in their opening match of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League playoffs to the Carman Beavers Tuesday night in Carman to trail 1-0 in the best-of-five quarterfinal match-up.
The pace was high from the start of the game and didn’t let up until the final buzzer. The Beavers took an opening lead with three minutes left in the first when Aaron Lewadniuk netted his first of the night. It was a power play marker off Islanders Jorin Bousquet’s interference penalty at 16:21. The Isles lost an integral piece in the first as Zack Waldvogel went down with a knee injury and did not return.
The second was similar to the first with chances at both ends but again the Beavers were the only team to find the back of the net. The first came at the seven-minute mark when Lewadniuk potted his second of the night, the other came with 4:30 left on the clock from Brock Vanderveen.
Portage finally got on the board in the third period when Jamie Mouseau scored with six minutes left. Doug Lawrence and Jorin Bousquet were awarded assists on the play. The Isles pressed hard late but couldn’t add to their final total. To make things worse, Islander Rene Hunter took a 5-minute match penalty with 30 seconds left in the game and could be missing up to three games.
Game 2 is Friday night in Portage la Prairie and it would be a serious blow to lose both Hunter and Waldvogel for the game. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. at Stride Place, the Beavers lead the best-of-five series 1-0.