Terriers fall to Blues

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First place is still up for grabs in the MJHL.

For the second time this month, a hot goaltender stood in the way of a Terrier victory as Jeremy Link turned aside 42 Terrier shots and the Blues doubled up the Terriers 4-2 Sunday night on the road in Winnipeg, which, in turn, makes for an interesting final three weeks of regular season play.

Ty Naaykens converted on the power play with just 11 seconds left in the first period to put the hosts in front. Jayson Szun added to the lead in the opening minutes of the second but Chase Brakel responded for the Terriers soon after with a power play tally of his own.

James Maxwell scored late in the period to restore the Blues’ two-goal lead.

Rookie defenceman Owen Murray notched his eighth of the year 11:11 into the third but that’s as close as the Dogs would get, as Sulivan Shortreed added an empty netter to put the game out of reach.

Link picked up win number 21 on the year while Portage’s Ethan Peterson turned aside 23 shots in the losing effort.

The Terriers currently hold an eight point lead over Swan Valley for first place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, however, the Stamps – who are 3-1-0 against the Dogs this season – have two games in hand with two meetings remaining between the two juggernauts. The two teams meet this Friday in Swan River before reconvening in Portage la Prairie the following Friday for the sixth and final regular season match up.

But before that, the Dogs will have their hands full with the Oil Caps on the road Thursday in Virden. Puck drop set for 7:30 p.m.

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