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Dogs fall in power ranks, clinch home ice in quarters

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

The logo of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Portage Terriers.

The logo of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Portage Terriers.

The Portage Terriers fell from the second spot to No. 3 in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League Week 20 Power Rankings after ending a two game losing skid with back to back wins over a desperate Neepawa club who were fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Steinbach Pistons, who clinched first place in the MJHL last week, remain at No. 1 in the league ranks and sit third place nationally. The Virden Oil Caps hopped over the Terriers into No. 2 in the MJHL.

OCN jumped from fifth to No. 4 while Swan Valley, who were in sixth place last week, jumped into the No. 5 spot.

The Terriers can finish no lower than fourth and by doing so have clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Currently in the third place, the Terriers are a point back of second place Virden with a game in hand, and most certainly control their own fate from here on in.

Two points separate sixth place Winnipeg from eighth place Swan Valley, so surmising a dance partner remains premature. However if the regular season series are any indication, avoiding a first round match against the Stamps would be ideal, as the Terriers played just .500 hockey against Swan Valley, finishing the season series with a 3-3 record.

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