North Stars drop game two 4-3 in OT

The Battlefords North Stars dropped a 4-3 decision in overtime against the Portage Terriers in game two of the Anavet Cup in Portage la Prairie.

It was Kolton Shindle who notched the winner in overtime, to tie the series 1-1 heading back to the Civic Centre for three games starting Tuesday. 

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Much like the game Friday night, the North Stars trailed early. The Terriers got two goals in the first period from Scott Mickoski, one at the 2:46 mark and the other at 11:42.

But Ocean Wiesblatt took a boarding penalty late in the first period, and the North Stars capitalized early in the second frame. The North Stars got a power play goal from Owen Lamb with Macgregor Sinclair and Matthias Urbanski assisting at the 30 second mark.  

At 7:41 of the second, Austin Becker tied it from Noah Form and Urbanski, and it was 2-2 through 2.

In period three the North Stars took the lead when Form scored unassisted at the 9:50 mark. The North Stars looked to run out the clock and take a 2-0 series lead, but a late penalty to Seth Summers for tripping with 1:36 remaining put the Terriers on the power play in the final moments.

They capitalized soon after as Orca Wesiblatt scored with 45 seconds left on the clock on the power play, and the game went to overtime. Shots on goal saw Portage outshoot Battlefords through three periods 29 to 25.

The first overtime has seen Portage swarm all over the North Stars, who were rescued only by some big Joel Grzybowski saves in goal. But in the end Grzybowski could not prevent Shindle's goal from going in to win the game. Reece Henry and Ocean Weisblatt got the assists at 16:42.

Final shots favored the Terriers 41-30. Ethan Peterson got the win in net for Portage. 

The two teams now make the long road trip to the Battlefords for game three at the Civic Centre Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The North Stars are planning another outdoor barbeque event prior to the game inside the Beaver Lions Stadium area starting at 6 pm.   

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