Story Coming In:
Two games, two wins as the Yorkton Terriers start a season 2-0 for the first time since the 2014-2015 campaign. Scoring has been spread throughout the roster, while Caleb Allen has been solid in goal with a .920 save percentage across the first two games. The league took a little bit of notice of the Terriers success, as defender Tyson Perkins was named the SJHL’s Defenceman of the Week. The Lethbridge product posted two assists and made a number of key blocks throughout opening weekend to secure the award. Now another division foe comes to town as Yorkton hosts the Weyburn Red Wings. The Terriers had plenty of success against Weyburn last year, winning 6 of 8 matchups, including all 4 at home. However, every game was relatively close and this year could be the same.
View From Weyburn:
Cody Mapes and his Red Wings are looking to prove a point this season. They want to show the SJHL that they are much improved and will be a force in the league. If game one is any indication, look out SJHL. With over 15 returning players and some key additions throughout the lineup, Weyburn is a little bit older, a little more experienced, and way more motivated. In their 4-2 win over Melville, the Red Wings received good goaltending from Dazza Mitchell, were led offensively by returning star Kirk Mullen, and got contributions from rookies such as Riley See. Weyburn has plenty of speed, lots of grit, and they are a squad that no one in the SJHL can take lightly this season.
Leading The Charge:
If you were asked who would lead the Terriers in points to start the season, you’d probably take Logan Cyca, Clay Sleeva, Maddux Nollski, maybe even Dylan Ruptash or Brett Butz. Not many people would’ve picked Red Deer product Aiden Knutson. However, with three points in two games, Knutson finds himself at the top of the team’s scoring list. His lone goal was a game winner against Estevan on Saturday (not bad for your first career SJHL goal), while he also has a shorthanded assist. Knutson is a player that should have received some recognition from the league for Rookie of the Week, but instead has gone quietly about his business, producing when he’s gotten the chance. The 6-foot-5 forward isn’t overly physical, but he’s a smart player who finds the soft spots in opposing team’s defences. With many departures up front, rookies like Knutson need to step up to create offence, and so far the man from Red Deer has answered the call.