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Terriers win a marathon

Take 2-0 series lead after double-OT triumph

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It took three hours and two overtime periods but the Portage Terriers finally found the back of the net Tuesday at the Civic Centre.

Yvan Pattyn of the Terriers scored the game-winning goal through traffic at 16:42 of the second overtime period to lift the defending league champions to a 4-3 victory.

The win gives the Terriers a 2-0 series lead in the best-of-seven Manitoba Junior Hockey League championship series.

"That's a big lead, it's a good feeling and it brings a lot of confidence to the next game," said Pattyn, a defenceman from Ste. Anne.

"Their goalie made a lot of great stops and kept their team in it. We had a lot of chances and couldn't capitalize but I was fortunate enough to put the puck in the net."

Paul Crane had the Saints' best chance in the second OT but was robbed by the glove of Adam Iwan.

"It stings. We have to have a good practice and move on (today). At the end of the day, it's a loss, no matter how it occurred, and we'll have to bounce back," said Saints coach David Anning, whose team plays in the Addison division but earned the crossover playoff berth and then won the Sher-Wood division championship to get to the final.

"This is a little adversity but we've come a long way since the start of the year," said Anning. "Our guys have to be determined and I like our matchup. Regardless that we're down 2-0, we have a lot of team speed, a lot of hockey sense. I think we're able to come back from this."

The Terriers outshot the Saints 43-37, with Winnipeg's goaltender Addison Herosian making some massive stops in overtime.

"I thought we'd outplayed them late in the third and into overtime. That was a big goal, when they kind of wore out their guys (long shift) and it was obviously a relief," said Terriers head coach Blake Spiller. "It's still far from over."

After a scoreless first period, the two sides traded goals in the second frame. Saints captain Brett Chartier scored on the power play for the Saints and Tyler Larson sniped for the Terriers.

Each team potted a pair in the third with Crane lifting the Saints to 2-1 lead at 5:06 after converting Chartier's pass right off the faceoff. The Terriers took a brief 3-2 lead with a pair of goals 58 seconds apart by Shaq Merasty and Dylan Butler. Saints forward Richard Olson tied the score 3-3 with 7:54 left in the third to force overtime.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 4, 2012 C2

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