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RBC Rewind – 1973 Centennial Cup Final (Game 1)

Portage Terriers 7, Pembroke Lumber Kings 5 (OT)

Moe Carter - Winnipeg Free Press
May 6, 2015

NOTE: This story first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 7, 1973


BRANDON - It was Randy Penner night at Keystone Arena Sunday night.

The score after regulation time in the first game of the Centennial Cup Junior A hockey championship final was Randy Penner 5, Pembroke Lumber Kings 5.

After 10 minutes of overtime, it was Portage la Prairie Terriers 7, Pembroke 5.

Glen Miller, who was moved up to the forward line, was the scoring hero in the overtime period as the Terriers took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Miller scored at the 6:28 mark when Frank Leswick passed the puck across the front of the Pembroke goal. Both Miller and John Hewitt swiped at it, but it was Miller who put it in.

Then, with one second left and Pembroke goaltender Brian Shields on the bench in favor of an extra attacker, Glen's cousin Bob Miller steered Warren Remple's pass into an empty net.

Lumber Kings outscored Terriers 2-1 in the initial period, when both clubs had ample opportunities. However, Kings couldn't find the net with many of their shots, and Terriers couldn't find the handle on the puck.

Gord Barratt, on a slapshot from just inside the blueline, and Pat Hahn, on a rebound, scored for Pembroke. Penner, with the quickest wrist shot in the west, scored for Terriers on a power play.

Pembroke jumped into a three-goal lead midway through the second period, with Steve Croucher and Timmy Young being the marksmen.

Penner narrowed the margin to two goals, before Hahn scored again for Pembroke. Penner's bullet drive saw Pembroke goaltender Shields fall into the net with the puck. Penner also rounded out the period scoring with a quick wrist shot from the left faceoff circle.

The third period was all Penner. The 19-year-old, 200-pound-plus left winger scored twice, once at the 11:14 mark when he broke out in front of the net to pick up a loose puck, and again at 15:52 mark when, after a faceoff, Pembroke made the mistake of letting the puck sit unguarded in front of its net.

Penner shrugged off his effort with a casual: "Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't. I was just trying to make Frank Leswick (his linemate) feel good."

Ty Langton, a pickup from Dauphin Kings, played goal for the Terriers. It was only his second full game since joining the Terriers. But take away the first goal, and he was outstanding. He kicked out 39 shots, compared to 24 by Shields.

Explaining the first goal, Langton said: "I lost track of the goal and lost my angle."

Tonight, the clubs tangle again at Keystone Arena, and if Sunday's encounter is an indication, it should be a dandy series. Both clubs played it on the cautious side in the early going Sunday before the crowd of 4,134 fans, but really opened it up with end-to-end rushes after that.

Pembroke took five of the eight penalties handed out in the game, including a game misconduct to Croucher in the third period.

Penner might have been credited with six goals as Glenn Miller's tally proved to be a bit ironic. Randy had just returned to the Portage bench after an unsuccessful power play attempt when Miller took his spot on the wing for one shift. Miller just happened to be at the right place at the right time, tipping a shot past Shields for the eventual winning goal.

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