Zach McIntyre had a two goal night, while five different Terriers scored to lead Yorkton to a 6-4 victory over the Melville Millionaires. Colby Vranai tallied a goal and a helper for Yorkton, while Jonathan Krahn posted three assists in the loss.
The Millionaires started the scoring in the first period. Enrique Fontes, against his former team, got the teddy bear goal for the Mils, sniping a shot over the glove of DePape to give Melville a 1-0 lead. After the break, Yorkton tied it 45 seconds later. Clay Sleeva with a bullet of a wrist shot, perfectly placed in the top corner drew the teams level at one. Melville waited only 56 seconds before making it 2-1, thanks to a bouncing puck which deflected off of Nicholas Samson and in, for Samson’s fifth goal of the campaign.
Melville extended their lead, early in the second period. On the power-play, Charles-Thomas Larochelle on his third attempt, whacked the puck past DePape, making it 3-1 Melville. Queue the Terriers comeback. Vranai made it 3-2, after receiving a pass from Parker Jasper in the slot and wiring it past Thompson for his fourth goal of the year. McIntyre scored his first goal as a Terrier, on the power-play, as he charged to the goal and bullied the puck into the net to make it 3-3. Yorkton then took the lead before the end of the second period. Vranai found Tanner Sklaruk at the right point, and the 20-year-old stepped into the face-off circle and picked the top corner over the glove of Thompson to make it 4-3.
Yorkton carried their momentum into the third period. McIntyre slotted home his second goal of the game on the power-play picking up the puck on the backdoor and sliding it into an empty net to make it 5-3. The Terriers made it 6-3, thanks to a wrist shot from Tyson Janzen which zipped through a crowd and into the net, for his sixth goal of the season. Ryland Maier responded shorthanded on a breakaway for Melville, but it was too little, too late for the Millionaires, as Yorkton took the victory 6-4.
Both teams don’t have to wait long for the rematch as they will face each other tomorrow night at the Westland Insurance Arena. It’s Teddy Bear Toss night for the Yorkton Terriers, and fans are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal to throw on the ice after the Terriers first goal. The game will be broadcast on GX 94’s online stream with the pre-game show at 7:20pm and play-by-play kicking off at 7:30pm.