Tommy Bouchard made 28 saves in his first career SJHL win, as the Yorkton Terriers snapped a two game losing skid, downing the La Ronge Ice Wolves 2-1. JD Hall and Pavel McKenzie each added singles for the Terriers, while Trenton Curtis scored the lone goal for La Ronge in a losing effort.
Terriers opened the scoring midway into the first period of play. A shot from the right face-off circle by Karsten Kruska was turned aside by Dawson Smith, before Hall jammed home the rebound to make it 1-0. Unfortunately, a scary incident happened during the goal, where an Ice Wolf slammed Kruska into the corner boards. Kruska left the game with injury and did not return. Yorkton capitalized on the 5:00 major penalty. A point shot from Cale Strasky bounced on goal and McKenzie shoveled home the rebound for his second goal of the campaign to make it 2-0 Yorkton. La Ronge had chances to get on the board in the first, but Bouchard made several excellent saves to preserve the lead heading into the break.
Penalties started to add up for the Terriers in the second period. After having none in the first, the Terriers took four in the middle frame. They killed off every penalty, however, the Ice Wolves cut the Yorkton lead in half. A turnover at the blue-line led to an odd man rush for La Ronge, and Walker Jerome found a wide-open Curtis for his fourth goal of the season. The Ice Wolves pressed for an equalizer in the third, aided by another two power-plays, but Yorkton, backed by Bouchard, held on to the 2-1 victory.
These two teams will square off again at the Westland Insurance Arena on Saturday. Puck drop will be at 7:00pm.