The Dauphin Kings battled back from a one-goal third period deficit on Saturday and they won a thriller.
Havyril Simchuk scored the lone goal in the shootout as Dauphin downed the Portage Terriers, 4-3, in a game that will go down as one of the best this season.
Dauphin’s win gave them a season series sweep against the Centennial-Cup hosting Terriers as Dauphin won all four games against them this regular season.
It was Portage that opened up the scoring as Austin Peters scored his 20th of the season 1:44 into the game. Dauphin then took over for the remainder of the period as Ethan Williment and Owen Wareham both scored as the Kings took a 2-1 lead into the second.
On the power play in the midway frame, Ryan Botterill scored the lone goal of the period and it was his league-leading 44th of the season.
Kaden Kohle would then give Portage a 3-2 lead early in the third before Myles Yearwood responded by scoring his 12th goal with just nine minutes left in the game. No goals were scored the remainder of the third and despite some good chance in overtime, neither team was able to find the back of the net.
In the shootout, Simchuk outlasted Bailey Monteith and his goal was the only goal that was scored.
With the win, Dauphin is now 31-21-2-2 on the season as they have 66 points. Dauphin will look to keep rolling on Monday when they head to Manitoba’s capital to play the Freeze. They then wrap up their regular season next Saturday against Winkler.