A chippy, physical rematch between the Briercrest Clippers and the Portage Voyageurs saw the Clippers skate away with a 3-1 victory as they exacted a measure of retribution for a tight loss the night before.
"We just wanted to stick to our game," remarked captain Jacob Arsenault after the win. "I think there were times this weekend where we got away from that. If we stick to our game, we're going to have a lot of success in this league."
Briercrest opened the scoring for the fourth consecutive game as a beautiful pass from player of the game Joshua Wiens set up Caleb Grandfield for a one-timed rocket past the outstretched Portage goaltender, Jacob Gnidziejko.
Jake Dale continued his hot streak as he scored his fourth goal in the past five games, threading a shot through the five-hole to give the home team a 2-0 lead in the second period.
Gnidziejko clamped down after that, showing why he earned his team's player of the game nod with a number of solid saves as Briercrest outshot Portage handily. His efforts helped inspire his teammates, and Gavin Mattey banged in a rebound to get his team on the board.
Dominik Tmej was stellar in goal for the Clippers as third period action saw increased pressure by the visitors. He turned away several dangerous chances before Arsenault gave the Clippers some breathing room with a wrist shot that found its way through from the blue line. Portage would pull their goalie for a sixth attacker late in the frame, but Briercrest held on for the 3-1 win.
"We're a good team," commented Wiens following the victory. "Don't worry too much and be confident- come in and play the way we can."
The Clippers will have some time to rest and recuperate before hosting the Concordia Thunder for a pair of games January 13 & 14. Catch their games live at the Barkman arena in Caronport or online with the ACAC's streaming service.