Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Terriers Down Hawks In A Shootout

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Kael DePape made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season, while Clay Sleeva scored the shootout winner, as the Yorkton Terriers defeated the Nipawin Hawks 1-0. With the win, the Terriers extend their home points streak to eight games, and they take sole possession of 7th place in the SJHL.

There were not a whole of chances throughout the game between these two teams. Nipawin had a phenomenal look to open the scoring in the first period with Brody Wilson receiving a backdoor feed in tight, only to be denied by the pad of DePape. A breakaway opportunity by Carson Dobson was also turned aside by DePape, but his finest save of the night came in the late stages of the third period. With Nipawin on the power-play, DePape stared down a shot from the slot by Dobson, and stretched out to get his right toe on puck. The Terriers had a couple looks of their own, but no good scoring chances in regulation, as Chase Hamm stopped all 27 shots funneled towards him.

Sleeva had the best chance in overtime to win the game. In the final minute of play, the Canora product got a step around the defender and drove to the far post, only for Hamm to seal the bottom of the net with the right pad. The game went to a shootout with both teams still scoreless. DePape stopped all three Hawks shooters in Andrew Schaab, Joel Mabin and Dawson Brace, while Sleeva sniped a shot over the blocker of Hamm, to give Yorkton the victory.

Yorkton will now turn their focus on the Melfort Mustangs for their fourth and final meeting of the season on Friday. The game at the Northern Lights Palace will be broadcast on GX 94 with the pre-game show at 7:20pm and the play-by-play kicking off at 7:30pm.