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Terriers sweep weekend set with Natives

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

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It took some late game heroics courtesy of Ryan Sokoloski but a win is a win.

Sokoloski capped off a three point night with a highlight reel goal with 2:19 left on the clock to provide the Dogs with their first lead of the afternoon as the Terriers erased Neepawa's two goal third period lead en route to a 6-5 victory at a packed Stride Place on Louis Riel Day in Portage la Prairie.

Ashton Anderson, Zach Johnson and Justin Metcalf each struck in the opening frame to stake the visitors to a 3-1 lead at intermission. Jeremey Leipsic pulled the Terriers within one early in the second but Anderson answered back soon after to restore Neepawa's two goal advantage.

The teams once again traded goals, first Duncan Pierce pulled the Dogs back within one in the second before former Central Plains Capital Zak Smith answered back early in the third.

Ty Enns continues to score at a torrid pace, as he notched his 15th of the year since joining the Terriers in December, just prior to the mid way mark before captain Chase Brakel knotted the game at 5 apiece a few minutes later, setting the stage for Sokoloski.

With time winding down, Mackenzie Dwyer held a Neepawa clearing attempt at the offensive blueline and caught every opposing player cheating up ice before sending a perfect pass to Sokoloski, who was waiting all alone in the slot. Sokoloski made no mistake, making Neepawa netminder and former Terrier Brendan Benoit bite with a deke before pulling the puck back between his legs and roofing it into the open net.

The Terriers knocked off Neepawa 6-3 on the road Friday before welcoming the Natives to town Monday afternoon.

The two points bring the Dogs within one of the second place Oil Caps and maintain a game in hand. The Terriers are back in action Wednesday at home against the Blizzard.

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