Story Coming In:
It was an excellent weekend for the Terriers. In a swing through northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Yorkton put together two complete game efforts. Unlucky to come away with a victory against Flin Flon, the Terries were rewarded with a win against the league’s second best team, the La Ronge Ice Wolves. Scoring was provided throughout the lineup, including all three goals on Saturday being tallied by defencemen, while Caleb Allen was excellent in goal, giving his team a chance to win. Now the Terriers wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule with a trio of home games with an eye for a playoff spot entering 2023.
View From Estevan:
Estevan has been one of the better teams as of late in the SJHL. The Viterra Divisions leading Bruins have climbed to fourth in the league, thanks in part to a four game point streak. They will drop in the standings, simply due to games played, but with five wins in their last seven games, they are a team no one can take lightly. With all the changes, this is a team led by Jag Phangura, Gabriel Filion, Ilia Chmelevski and Garett Zasitko, while the defence boasts two of the top goalscorers in Aleksa Babic and Alex Blanchard. Throw in Mitch Kohner, Kade Runke and the return of Keagon Little, and the Bruins could make a run in the second half of the season.
Is it just me, or is Quintin Unreiner a clutch defender for the Terriers? The short answer is “yes” with both his goals this season being overtime winners, but when you peal back the layers, you see much more to Unreiner’s game. The Medicine Hat product is one of the smoothest skaters in the SJHL. He has the ability to skate himself out of trouble committed by himself or a teammate. At 19-years-old he’s a veteran who provides a bit of leadership and stability to a youthful, while adopting a first on, last off mentality. With the Terriers trying to turn their season around, players like Unreiner become a key piece to success, and so far the Alberta product is showing he can help out with that.
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Ruptash (13)
Assists: Hall (11)
Points: Ruptash (22)
PIM: Mayes (119)
Goalie: Allen 11-13-0, 3.68, 0.902% 1SO 1G