The Yorkton Terriers gave up three third period goals as they fell to the Melfort Mustangs 5-3 on Tuesday. The Terriers built up a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Carson Henry, Maddux Nollski and Tyson Perkins, before the Mustangs rallied for their first win at Westland Insurance Arena since February 26th, 2016.
In the first period, Henry tallied the lone goal of the period. A loose puck trickled through the slot to the St. Albert, Alberta product where he snapped the shot past an unsuspecting Joel Favreau to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead. Steven Norum and Erik Boers were credited with the assists on the marker.
In the second period, both teams combined for four goals. The Mustangs tied the game at one apiece when Boston Maxwell jammed the puck past Jacob Herman for his second goal of the season. Zac Somers and Marco Lopez received the assists on the goal. The Terriers would regain the lead when Nollski stripped a Mustang of the puck and went in alone on Favreau, beating him over the blocker. For Nollski it was his second goal of the season, and goals in back to back games. Yorkton would extend their lead to 3-1 on the power-play. Clay Sleeva would win an offensive zone face-off and Perkins would pick up the loose puck and wrist it past Favreau for his first career SJHL goal. However, with less than a minute remaining in the period, the Mustangs would respond. Lopez would strike for his first goal of the season cutting the Terrier lead to 3-2.
The third period would be all Melfort. Ty Albrecht would tie the hockey game at the 5:23, beating Herman for his first goal of the campaign. The Mustangs would then strike twice on the power-play in the span of just over two minutes. Tye Scherger tipped home a Trenton Curtis point shot which barely trickled over the goal-line to give Melfort their first lead of the hockey game, before Ben Tkachuk struck for his first goal of the season, to make it a 5-3 game.
Favreau made 28 saves in the win, while Herman stopped 21 of 26 in the loss.
Yorkton’s home-stand continues on Thursday when they battle the Weyburn Red Wings. The action can be found at GX 94 on the online stream with the pre-game show starting at 7:20pm and the play-by-play kicking off at 7:30pm.
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