Gabriel Filion had a pair of goals, while Estevan’s special teams units powered the Bruins past Yorkton 5-3 on Wednesday night. Dylan Ruptash extended his goal scoring streak to three games, while Caleb Allen made 28 saves in the loss.
Estevan got the icebreaker in the opening minute of the game. While on a Yorkton power-play, Allen turned the puck over in his own end and saw Keagon Little deposit the puck into the empty cage to make it 1-0 Bruins. Estevan made it 2-0 minutes later. Seconds into their first power-play of the game, Ilia Chmelevski wired a one-timer past Allen for his third goal of the season. The Terriers responded before the end of the period. Off a Bruin turnover, Aiden Knutson spun in the right face-off circle and slid a puck through Jackson Miller to make it a 2-1 game.
Both teams came out flying in the second period. Estevan scored 19 seconds into the frame, when Filion batted down a Terrier clearing attempt, before firing a shot past Allen to make it 3-1. 31 seconds later Yorkton responded. A point shot from Ashton Funk was stopped by Miller, only for Ruptash to shovel home the rebound for his team leading 16th goal of the season. Yorkton thought they tied the game at three, but Miller made an unbelievable glove save on Colton Koran in the blue paint to deny the Carstairs, Alberta product. Moments later, Filion scored his second goal of the game, on the power-play, to make it 4-2 Estevan heading into the break.
The Bruins made it a three goal game early in the third period. A shot from the half wall was deflected by Sal Collora past Allen, for Collora’s seventh goal of the campaign. Yorkton made it interesting when Pavel McKenzie deflected home his seventh goal of the season, making it 5-3, but the Terriers ran out of time falling to Estevan.
Yorkton returns to action on Saturday when they host the Weyburn Red Wings. GX 94 will broadcast the game on its alternate feed with the pre-game show starting at 6:50pm and play-by-play kicking off at 7:00pm.