Portage Central was a 5-2 hockey winner against Portage Northern Wednesday evening, giving the Mustangs five consecutive victories over their crosstown foe.
PC had the opening goal midway through the first period via Jaden Sorenson, assisted by Will Anderson. The Mustang lead grew to 2-0 late in the second on a Hunter Maschke tally, assist to Luke Sproule. Portage Central made the score 4-0 in the third on another Sorenson-from-Anderson goal, followed by Filip Hendl’s first career goal with help from Gavin Brasosky on the powerplay.
The Mustangs were 1:45 away from their first shutout of the season, but PN’s Blake Sorge denied that with an unassisted powerplay goal. 15 seconds later, Sorge scored again for his team-best 25th goal. However, a Ryan Jaros empty-netter stopped the Husky hopes for a miracle comeback; Anderson picking up his third assist.
Unofficially, Bryan Gracey had 13 saves in victory for PC. PN’s Abram Roseboom and Peter Todd combined for 29 stops as they split goaltending duties.
The victory moves Portage Central to 9-12 overall, locked into the third spot in the SCHSHL South Division standings. The Mustangs play Capital City Saturday in the third of the five games as part of the Youth Hockey Fights For Kids With Autism event at Wings West.
Portage Northern falls to 4-15-1 overall, sitting one-point behind Kalamazoo United in the bottom spot of the standings. The Huskies could leap from the cellar if they win their Saturday crossover game, as they meet the Eastside Stars in the fifth and final contest of the night. PN also hosts Hudsonville Friday in non-league play.