It was a bevy of firsts by the Yorkton Terriers as they downed the Weyburn Red Wings to win their first game of the 2021/22 campaign. JD Hall had a three point night against his former team, including his first career SJHL goal. Enrique Fontes and Prescott Senger scored their first career SJHL goals, and in his first career start Kael DePape posted 24 saves in the win.
It was an eventful first period between these two Viterra Division rivals. Tyson Perkins found Clay Sleeva lurking behind the Weyburn defense and hit him with a stretch pass. Sleeva went in alone on Joseph Young, beating the Red Wing netminder over the blocker. For Sleeva, it was his second goal of the season. The Terriers would then extend their lead to 2-0, after an Enrique Fontes shot trickled through Young and across the goal line. Assisting on Fontes’ goal was Prescott Senger and JD Hall. Weyburn would cut into the Yorkton lead before the end of the period. Shayde Peterson was found wide open backdoor, where he made no mistake, beating DePape with a one-timer.
Weyburn had their chances to tie the hockey game early in the third period, but DePape stood tall, including making a phenomenal pad save on a Red Wings’ power-play. The insurance marker would come late in the period. Parker Jasper released a shot from the point, which Karsten Kruska tipped into a wide open cage, for his team leading third goal of the season. Carson Henry would get the second assist on the Kruska goal.
The third period saw the Terriers take control of the hockey game. Senger would strike to make it 4-1 Yorkton, after receiving a pass from JD Hall from behind the Weyburn net. Tyson Janzen would also be credited with an assist, his team leading third of the year. JD Hall wrapped up the night with an empty netter, short-handed, giving him three points on the evening.
Both teams were scoreless on the power-play, with the Terriers going 0/5 and the Red Wings at 0/7. Young made 38 saves in the loss, while it was the first career SJHL win for DePape.
Yorkton returns to action for the fourth and final game of this home-stand on Saturday night, when they entertain the Notre Dame Hounds. The game will be broadcast on the online only stream on GX 94’s website or the GX 94 App, with the pre-game show starting at 7:20pm and the play-by-play at 7:30pm. You can also catch the game on HockeyTV.