Story Coming In:
The Terriers head into the final two games of their seven game road trip having lost two straight. A close 3-2 loss to Kindersley in Rosetown was followed up a ten round shootout loss to the Weyburn Red Wings at Crescent Point Place. Two mainstays in the Terriers lineup did not play because of injuries, in Kishaun Gervais and Tyson Perkins, and their status is unknown for this weekend. This year’s edition of the Terriers has been win by committee, and they look to find that recipe for success against their arch rivals in Melville tonight. A win in the Rail City can go a long ways towards finding success, while a loss could damage the confidence of this team.
View From Melville:
The Millionaires are also coming off of back-to-back losses, and they are struggling to find any traction this season. Sitting at the foot of the league, Melville is hoping to string some wins together and make a run at a playoff spot. Injuries have hampered the team, as both goalies have missed time, while key players like Louis-Frederic Theberge, Noah Wills, and Nicholas Samson have been shelfed for extended periods of time. To have any success, the Millionaires have to turn around a dismal -37 goal differential, and that comes from not letting games get out of hand. If the Terriers get up early on the Mils, tonight’s game could be a long one.
The Man From Edmonton:
While a stat line of 5 points in 13 games won’t stand out, don’t let that fool you into thinking that Enrique Fontes hasn’t had a solid season in the orange and grey. The 18-year-old from Edmonton has four goals on the season, in a role that has seen him in and out of the lineup, and mostly playing on the fourth line. One interesting fact about Fontes is that 2 of his 4 goals have been game winners, which leads the team in that category. His goals this season have been off of gritty efforts, with two of them being off of rebounds. Being a player who is learning what it takes to compete at this level, Fontes has been solid as a rookie for the Terriers, as he slowly becomes a mainstay on the roster.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (7-10-0-1 – 15 points) Melville Millionaires (3-9-5-0 – 11 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ T-9th SJHL 4th Viterra Division/ 12th SJHL
Powerplay: 7/75 – 9.3% (12th SJHL) Powerplay: 10/63 – 15.9% (T-9th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 69/81 – 85.2% (6th SJHL) Penalty Kill: 38/49 – 77.6% (9th SJHL)
Last Ten: 5-4-0-1 Streak: 0-1-0-1 Last Ten: 2-6-2-0 Streak: 0-1-1-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (8)
Assists: Norum (8)
Points: Gervais (12)
PIM: Norum (38)
Goalie: DePape 7-4-0-1, 1.89, 0.927%, 1 SO