Story Coming In:
The Terriers have been tallied up the points as of late. 8 of the last 11 games, the Terriers took away at least one point from their opponents. Currently sitting in 8th place, a strong finish in the final four games before the Christmas break could see Yorkton sitting in 6th, and on the heels of the top half of the standings. The last game was a lesson for the Terriers. Having built a 3-0 lead on the Estevan Bruins in the first period, the Bruins turned around and stormed back to win the game 4-3. The lesson is simple, no matter who your opponent is, you need to continue to play a full 60 minute game and not let your foot off the gas pedal. If the Terriers learn this lesson, they will continue to be one of the more dangerous teams in the SJHL.
View From Melville:
The Millionaires roared their way back into the playoff race. Sitting in 11th place, the Mils have gotten healthy, while gaining points in 7 of their last 10 games, and they are only 4 points out of a playoff spot. Mike Rooney has leaned on young guns in Noah Wills and Zach Cain, while Nicholas Samson has given Millionaires another dangerous weapon up front. Their success will dictate how far the Millionaires will go this season. In the season series against Yorkton, Wills and Cain have found success against the Terriers. However, Melville only has a 1-1-1-0 record against the Terriers. It’s also Teddy Bear Toss night in Melville, so you know the Millionaires will press hard to get the goal that unleashes the bears onto the ice.
I know we recently talked about him, but it can’t be understated how big this game means for Zach McIntyre. The former Millionaire, returning to the building he used to call home for the last two and a half seasons, looking to down his former team. When talking with him before the game in Estevan, McIntyre said this weekend was circled in red on his calendar. He’s excited to return, and wants to give it to his old team. The 20-year-old already tallied his first point as a Terrier, now he wants his first goal. And what would be more poetic for McIntyre then making his first goal as a Terrier a game winning goal, or maybe even the Teddy Bear goal against his former team.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (12-13-0-3 – 27 points) Melville Millionaires (8-12-7-0 – 23 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 8th SJHL 3rd Viterra Division/ 11th SJHL
Powerplay: 14/111 – 12.6% (11th SJHL) Powerplay: 13/101 – 12.9% (10th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 119/135 – 88.1% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 55/70 – 78.6% (8th SJHL)
Last Ten: 5-3-0-2 Streak: 0-1-0-0 Last Ten: 5-3-2-0 Streak: 0-1-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (10)
Assists: Norum, Jasper, Janzen (11)
Points: Sleeva (17)
PIM: Norum (46)
Goalie: DePape 10-7-0-3, 2.06, 0.924%, 2 SO