On a night where billet families and parents were honoured, the Yorkton Terriers put on a show and edged the Kindersley Klippers 2-1. Clay Sleeva and Tyson Janzen got the tallies for the Terriers, while Bradley Mistol made 19 saves, earning his first career SJHL win, in his first start on home ice.
The first period was evenly matched, with few grade A opportunities on each other’s goal. However, the Terriers started the second period having to kill off four penalties. Yorkton had a couple of looks shorthanded during those penalty kills, with JD Hall being stopped by Matthew Pesenti, and a Karsten Kruska opportunity being denied by the mask of Pesenti. The Klippers also had an excellent chance to take a lead in the second, when Sleeva turned the puck over to Jaxon Georget in front of Mistol, but the St. Paul, Alberta native fought off a bouncing puck and kept the game scoreless. Sleeva made up for his error by firing home the first goal of the game. Logan Cyca chipped the puck off the half-wall, and Sleeva pick up the loose biscuit and fired it over the shoulder of Pesenti to make it 1-0 Yorkton. The Terriers made it 2-0 before the end of the period. A point shot from Parker Jasper was stopped by Pesenti and Janzen jammed home the rebound for his 5th goal of the season and his team leading 13th point.
The Klippers cut the lead in half in the second period. A Cash Arnsten pass found Josh Pufahl wide open in front of Mistol, and while shorthanded, Pufahl beat Mistol for his first career SJHL goal, to make it 2-1. The Terriers locked things down after that, not allowing any Klippers’ chances, and Yorkton walked away with a 2-1 victory, improving their record to 9-11-0-2.
Yorkton returns to action on Saturday night when the Melfort Mustangs come to town. The game will be broadcasted on the GX 94 online only feed with the pre-game show starting at 7:20pm, and play-by-play from the Westland Insurance Arena will start at 7:30pm.