Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

New Year’s Day Rematch Between Yorkton And Melville

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Story Coming In:

Yorkton extended their points streak to five games, however, they look to one up themselves by finding a win at the Horizon Credit Union Centre in Melville. Despite a dominating performance, outshooting Melville 45-23, including limiting the Mils to just two shots through the third period and overtime, the Terriers couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities. Falling in a shootout, the Terriers look to deliver a cold dish of revenge on Melville ice. Maddux Nollski continues his hot play with five goals in three contests, and Kael DePape continues to be a star in goal. With a number of players out of the roster, the depth of the Terriers will be tested, but Mat Hehr is confident that his team can answer the call. A win over Melville will help the Terriers close in on Battlefords and Flin Flon in the standings, and move one step closer to home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. 

View From Melville:

Melville has won three straight games, despite being without their top goal-scorer in Zach Cain. Noah Wills has been a bright spot for the Mils, while Jonathan Krahn and Nicholas Samson have provided consistent offence for the Moneymen. With the win last night, Melville now sits two points out of a playoff spot. A win tonight would put Melville into a tie for that playoff spot with the La Ronge Ice Wolves and Notre Dame Hounds, who are both idle tonight. If Melville gets rolling, they could become another team that no one wants to play in the SJHL. 


The Hot Stick:

 No one has had a hotter stick on the Yorkton Terriers than Maddux Nollski. The St. Albert, Alberta product now has 11 goals on the season, including having scored in his last three games. Nollski is praised for having arguably the best shot on the team, and he’s found a knack of finding the soft spots in opposing teams’ defences. With Logan Cyca and Zach McIntyre out of the lineup, Nollski’s production comes at the perfect time for the Terriers, who are looking for everyone to pick up the slack. If Nollski continues to produce, then the Terriers offence could become one of the most dangerous in the league.


Tale of the Tape 


Yorkton Terriers (15-13-1-4 – 35 points)               Melville Millionaires (11-15-7-0 – 29 points)

2nd Viterra Division/ 6th SJHL                                     3rd Viterra Division/ 9th SJHL

Powerplay: 16/124 – 12.9% (10th SJHL)                Powerplay: 15/121 – 12.3% (11th SJHL)

Penalty Kill: 133/153 – 86.9% (3rd SJHL)              Penalty Kill: 69/89 – 77.5% (8th SJHL)

Last Ten: 6-2-1-1 Streak: 3-0-1-1                               Last Ten: 6-4-0-0 Streak: 3-0-0-0


Stats Leaders For Yorkton:

Goals: Gervais & Nollski (11)

Assists: Jasper (15)

Points:  Sleeva & Janzen (19)

PIM: Norum (67)

Goalie: DePape 13-7-0-4, 2.05, 0.924%, 3 SO