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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Mustangs Fall Short in WCC Opener

By Branden Crowe, 04/26/15, 8:30PM CST

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Terriers Bounce Back in Big Way

**Photo courtesy of Robert Murray, Fort McMurray Today
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PORTAGE TERRIERS 6   MELFORT MUSTANGS 3 

The 2015 Western Canada Cup is turning into a goal scorer's paradise. Through two games on Opening Saturday 18 goals had been scored, and Sunday's afternoon affair between the MJHL and SJHL Champs fell right in line. 

After dropping their tournament opener 3-1 to the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons, the Portage Terriers came out flying and jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one. 

The line of Jordyn Boyd, Tyler Jeanson and Dane Schioler combined for 6 points in the opening period as the Terriers fired 17 shots on goal in the opening period. 

The Mustangs found themselves in penalty trouble to start the 2nd and Shawn Bowles made the Mustangs pay, notching his 1st of the WCC to give the Dogs a 3-0 lead. 

Melfort would get their first tournament goal nearly 10 minutes later as Nick Hermary tapped home his 1st on a great feed from Cole Hyrsky. 

As quickly as the Mustangs gained momentum, the Terriers took it away. Andrew Zerban walked into the zone off the ensuing faceoff and restored the three goal lead just 11 seconds later. 

Melfort would come out flying in the 3rd period and got a pair of goals from Cole Hyrsky and Justin Boyer to cut the lead to 4-3. 

A furious late effort by the Mustangs couldn't harvest any fruit and Portage added an insurance marker and an empty netter to seal the deal and bring their record back to even ground at 1-1. 

The Mustangs fall to 0-1 on the tournament and will now face the 0-1 Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) on Monday night. 

Game time is 7:30. 

SCORING SUMMARY

First Period
PTG - Boyd (1)  Jeanson - Schioler  6:27
PTG - Jeanson (1) Schioler - Boyd 10:36
Shots 17 PTG   5 MFT

Second Period
PTG - S.Bowles (1) Alexander - B.Bowles 5:57
MFT - Hermary (1) Bricker - Hyrsky 15:11
PTG - Zerban (1) Unassisted 15:22
Shots  10 PTG   9 MFT

Third Period: 
MFT - Hyrsky (1) Fauchoux 2:33
MFT - Boyer (1) Frei - Sinclair 14:33
PTG - Boyd (2) Schioler 18:48
PTG - Perreaux (1) Peel  19:51 (Empty Net)
Shots 11 PTG  10 MFT

Final Shots: 38 PTG   24 MFT
Powerplays: 1/2 PTG   0/1 MFT
Attendance: 795