Kevin Anderson had a three point night including the game winning goal, as the Terriers fell to the Notre Dame Hounds 7-4 at the Duncan McNeill Arena. Karsten Kruska extended his points streak to 7 games with a three point night of his own, while Notre Dame also got three points from Jake Sacratini.
Yorkton opened the scoring early in the first period. Parker Jasper found a wide open Kruska shorthanded, and sent him on a breakaway. The 19-year-old from London, Ontario fired the puck over the glove of Austin Elliott for Kruska’s 14th of the season to make it 1-0 Yorkton. Notre Dame responded on the same power-play they were scored on. A Jaryd Sych shot from the point was deflected past Kael DePape by Will Dawson, drawing the Hounds even at one apiece. Yorkton regained their lead, when Tyson Janzen found Kishaun Gervais at the right point, and the Keeseekoose First Nation product stepped into the face-off circle where he ripped it past Elliott for his team leading 22nd goal of the year. Notre Dame knotted the game up before the end of the first 20 minutes. An unfortunate bounce off a Terrier skate made its way to Elliot Dutil, who shoveled the loose puck past DePape to tie the game at 2-2.
In the first minute of the second period, the Hounds struck on the power-play to take their first lead of the game. Once again, a Sych point shot was deflected in front of DePape, this time by Connor Nolan to make it 3-2 Notre Dame. Yorkton responded late in the frame. Logan Cyca, in his return from injury after missing 28 games, received a back-door feed from Maddux Nollski and made no mistake, burying the puck for his 4th goal of the year to make it 3-3. However, the Hounds regained their lead in the final minute of the period. An errant Terrier pass released the Hounds on a three-on-one, which finished with Anderson connecting with Dawson for Dawson’s second goal of the night to make it 4-3 Notre Dame after 40 minutes of play.
This back and forth game continued its excitement in the final frame. Yorkton, on their fifth power-play of the night, tied the contest once again. Zach McIntyre, on a one-timer, blew the puck past Elliott to make it 4-4. The goal was McIntyre’s 18th of the season and the 50th goal of his SJHL career. The Hounds found a way to take their third lead of the hockey game, a lead that they would not relinquish. Nikolas Sombrowski and Sacratini dug out the puck from behind the Yorkton goal, and Sacratini found a wide open Anderson on the back-door, who slid the puck past DePape to make it 5-4 Notre Dame. Sacratini added an empty net goal while Brendan Kerr added another goal before the final buzzer sounded, and Notre Dame took home a 7-4 victory to clinch the eighth and final playoff spot in the SJHL.
Yorkton will wrap up the season with a pair of home games and a chance to move into 6th place in the SJHL. The rescheduled game against Weyburn will be on Thursday night at the Westland Insurance Arena. Catch the game on the GX 94 online only stream with the pre-game show starting at 7:20pm and play-by-play kicking off at 7:30pm.