For the second straight year, and the sixth time in the last decade, the Portage Terriers are the proud owners of another Turnbull Cup Title.
The defending champs completed a 12-1 run in this year’s Manitoba Junior Hockey League Playoffs with a 5-1 win over the Steinbach Pistons Tuesday Night in front of 1700 fans at the Portage Credit Union Centre.
The Terriers gradually removed Steinbach’s will to extend the series to a Game Six by taking a 1-0 lead in the latter stages of the first period, before tacking on two more goals in the middle frame. When it became a 4-0 lead midway through the third, it was pretty much a done deal that Brian Pallister wasn’t going to be the only favorite son from Portage with cause to celebrate.
And just like the 22nd Premier of Manitoba, the Terriers also completed a dominant dismissal of their MJHL opponents. Over the span of 13 games, Portage outscored Selkirk-Winnipeg- and then the Pistons by a combined margin of 63-25.
As he did during the regular season, Brad Bowles led the way in the post season with 7-17-24. The 20 year old sniper from Elkhorn was held off the score sheet just once in 13 playoff games. 21 year old Edmonton goalie Nathan Park suited up for all but 10:46 of the 780 minutes and turned in a 1.87 goals against average to go along with a .924 saves percentage and 3 shutouts.
Portage will now have a ten day break before opening the Western Canada Cup in Estevan the afternoon of Saturday, April 30th against the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League champion. Flin Flon leads Melfort two games heading into Game Four Wednesday Night in Flin Flon.