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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League


By Craig Stein, 02/24/13, 10:00PM CST


Two points on the final night of the season wraps up top spot

(Photo Courtesy: Peter Baran)

The Yorkton Terriers held down top spot in the SJHL's Sherwood Conference for much of the 2012-2013 season, and a few weeks ago, it looked like they had the pennant all sewn up.

Their rivals from Melville turned it up down the stretch, finishing the campaign on a 10-0-1 run, catching, and passing the Terriers by a single point on Saturday.

The next night, though, the Terriers responded with a 4-2 win over the Battlefords North Stars, to take back top spot in the Sherwood, and finish one point better than the Millionaires, with a record of 36-14-1-3, and 76 points (.704%), ensuring themselves home ice through the Sherwood Conference playoffs.  Should the Terriers reach the Canalta Cup Final, and play Humboldt, the Broncos would have home ice, while Yorkton would against any other team.

That's a long way from now, however, infact so is the Terriers' next action, which is likely to be either Friday, March 8th or Saturday March 9th, on home ice against either the Kindersley Klippers or Estevan Bruins.  Those two teams square off in the Sherwood Survivor Series, a Best-of-Five beginning on Saturday in Kindersley.

In his fourth and final season in the SJHL, Nathan Murray led the Terriers in scoring with 42 points (54-14-28-42), while playing in every game.  Chase Norrish was the only other Terrier skater to suit up in all 54.  Jeremy Johnson and Patrick Martens finished just one point back of Murray, while Johnson's 28 goals led the team, and was among the league leaders.  Tyler Giebel had 10 powerplay goals, while no one else had more than 6.  Zak Majkowski and Chase Norrish both had a team-high 2 short-handed goals.  Brady Norrish's 32 points (7g-25a) led all blue liners.  Austin Bourhis topped the team with 147 minutes in penalties.