Story Coming In:
Yorkton has been alternating wins and losses over the last couple of weeks. After taking two wins on a three game road trip, Yorkton returned home and fell 4-1 to the Flin Flon Bombers in the Terriers’ fourth game in six nights. Now, with a couple days of rest, the Terriers are ready to return to action when they face the Melville Millionaires. Yorkton has a lot of success against Melville this season. Posting a record of 6-1-0-1 against their Highway 10 rival, the Terriers also have the opportunity to sweep all five games at the Horizon Credit Union Centre. Tanner Sklaruk and Kishaun Gervais lead the way offensively against the Millionaires, both having eight points in the season series. Meanwhile, Kael DePape has played all eight games having posted a 1.85 goals against average, and a .925% save percentage.
View From Melville:
It’s been slim pickings for the Melville Millionaires as of late. Having lost their previous six games, Melville has slid out of a playoff spot and are now sitting in 10th place. During their skid, the Millionaires have only eclipsed the three goal mark once, while giving up fewer than four goals once. Jared Thompson was better in goal for the Mils on Tuesday in a shootout loss to Notre Dame, but the goaltenders need to play better if Melville wants to find a way into the playoffs. Jonathan Krahn has been lights out in the season series against Yorkton with seven points, however, other players need to step up, like Nicholas Samson. Tonight is a must win game for the Millionaires, as they look to avoid being swept on home ice by the Terriers.
Saskatoon’s Very Own:
Tyson Janzen has had a career year this season. The 20-year-old’s 23 points eclipsed his previous career best 17 points achieved in Janzen’s rookie season. What’s more impressive is the growth Janzen has shown as a leader on the Terriers. Easily Yorkton’s best defender, the Terriers don’t look the same without Janzen in the lineup, having lost both games when he’s not playing. Janzen has formed an excellent combination with Parker Jasper and is relied on in all situations, whether it’s when the team needs a goal or needs to seal up a victory. Janzen’s excellent play should see the Saskatoon product sign with an NCAA team, as he wraps up his junior hockey career.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (20-18-1-4 – 45 points) Melville Millionaires (14-22-7-1 – 36 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 6th SJHL 3rd Viterra Division/ 10th SJHL
Powerplay: 20/164 – 12.2% (10th SJHL) Powerplay: 19/173 – 11% (11th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 171/197 – 86.8% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 104/135 – 77% (10th SJHL)
Last Ten: 5-5-0-0 Streak: 0-1-0-0 Last Ten: 3-6-1-0 Streak: 0-5-1-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Nollski (14)
Assists: Jasper (23)
Points: Gervais & Norum (27)
PIM: Gervais (78)
Goalie: DePape 16-11-0-4, 2.18, 0.921%, 3 SO