The OCN Blizzard face do or die tonight for the first time this season, as the Portage Terriers hold a 3-2 series lead in the MJHL Finals. (Read more...)
The Series started off well for OCN with wins of 8-3 and 6-0 saw the Blizzard take an early lead, and looked poised to take their first MJHL Championship since 2003. However, the Terriers would respond with back to back 1-goal wins on home ice followed by a 3-1 win in Game 5 to flip the script.
Portage now sits just one win away from the Turnbull Cup Championship for a third straight season, a remarkable run from the franchise.
Game 6 goes tonight as the Terriers can clinch the title on home ice and book their ticket to the Western Canada Cup as the MJHL representative. For OCN, they’re looking to even the series at 3 and return to OCN for the deciding and always exciting Game 7 in front of home fans.
In the playoffs, OCN has be led by forward Tristan Elie who has been a top forward in the Finals and has jolted himself near the top of the playoff scoring race, with 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points. He sits second in Playoff scoring. Right behind him is MJHL MVP and teammate Brady Keeper with 4 goals and 12 assists for 16 points.
The Terriers have been getting contributions in the finals from throughout their lineup. But Jeremey Leipsic leads the way as he did in the regular season. In 17 playoff games he has 5 goals and 13 assists for 18 points, leading all scorers.
Of course the battle between the pipes has been a great one, arguably the playoff of the two starting goaltenders is why both Portage and OCN find themselves in the finals. Blizzard goaltender Brett Epp leads every playoff category, posting a 10-4 record with 4 shutouts, a 1.84 GAA and a .941 save percentage. Kurtis Chapman who has started 4 of the 5 Finals games for the Terriers has a 7-3 record with 2 shutouts, a 2.26 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
Tonight’s game can be heard on 102.9 CJAR and thepasonline.com. Jaret Schneider will have the call with pregame show at 7:15pm and puck drop at 7:30pm.