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Portage wins MJHL title in epic battle

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 04/23/2019 8:24 AM

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The Portage Terriers won the Manitoba Junior Hockey League championship Monday night at home in the most of dramatic of fashions, beating the Swan Valley Stampeders 3-2 in overtime in the seventh and deciding game of the finals.

Portage and Swan Valley finished one-two in the MJHL regular season standings this year and then slugged it out in an epic seven-game championship series. Swan Valley defeated the defending champion Steinbach Pistons in six games in the semi-finals.

Reece Henry scored the winning goal for the Terriers five minutes into the first overtime period. The fact there even was overtime was amazing in itself. With regulation time ticking down and the Terriers within seconds of winning yet another championship, Matthew Osadick scored his second goal of the game, shorthanded no less, with only seven seconds remaining, to send the game into overtime.

The Terriers will now attempt to retain the ANAVET Cup the Steinbach Pistons won last year against the Nipawin Hawks as the Terriers will now face the SJHL-champion North Battleford North Stars in a best of seven series, with the winner advancing to the RBC Cup next month in Brooks, Alberta.  The 2020 RBC Cup will be played in Portage next year.

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