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Portage wins third straight MJHL title

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 04/20/2017 7:53 AM

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The Portage Terriers blanked the OCN Blizzard 1-0 Wednesday night at Portage to win their third straight Manitoba Junior Hockey League crown. The Terriers won the championship series four games to two.

Chase Brakel scored the lone goal of the game just one minute after the opening face-off and the Blizzard spent the next 59 minutes attempting to get the equalizer to send this series back to OCN on Saturday for game seven. Close to 2,300 fans were in attendance at last night's game in Portage.

Kurtis Champman stymied the Blizzard making 27 saves to post the shutout as the Blizzard outshot the Terriers 27-20.

The Terriers have now won eight MJHL titles in the last dozen years.

Portage, who finished fifth during the regular season, were full marks for winning yet another title as they defeated the fourth place Selkirk Steelers, first place Steinbach Pistons and third place OCN Blizzard this post-season.

Portage forward Jeremey Leipsic, who led the league with 100 points this season, was named playoff MVP as he also led the post-season in scoring with 19 points in 18 games.

The Terriers will now represent the MJHL at the Western Canada Cup the first weekend of May at Penticton, B.C.

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