It took extra time and the skills competition, but the Terriers found a way to sweep the Notre
Dame Hounds in a home and home series to improve their record on the season to 2-1-1-0.
Eight different players had at least one point and Jacob Herman stopped 31 of 35 shots in his
second start of the season.
Yorkton had to overcome another slow start, as Andrew Stuckless hammered home a loose
puck for his first career SJHL goal, giving the Hounds a 1-0 lead halfway through the period.
The Terriers would respond before the end of the first, when Vaughn Watterodt would finish off
a two-on-one break, receiving a pass from Ryan Ries, for his second goal of the season.
Yorkton would get their opportunity to gain a first period lead, however, Brett Kemp would hit the
post, not once, but twice.
Both teams had their chances in the second period, but both Herman and Raythan Robbins
would stand tall, not allowing a goal on a combined 27 shots. However, the game found another
gear in the third period. Notre Dame took a 2-1 lead, when Ethan Stuckless found a wide open
Jake Dale in the slot, where he made no mistake beating Herman over the glove. Yorkton would
respond less than four minutes later on the powerplay. The Hounds failed to clear the zone and
Carson Miller would snipe a shot past Robbins for his fourth goal of the season, and the first
power-play goal of the year conceded by the Hounds. The Terriers would strike quickly for their
first lead of the game. Yorkton would pounce on another Hounds turnover in the neutral zone
and Kaedan Taphorn, driving towards the Notre Dame net, would drop a pass for Steven Norum
who beat Robbins, scoring his third goal of the season. 14 seconds later, Yorkton would extend
their lead. A fortunate bounce off a Notre Dame defender would land on Reis’ stick who would
make no mistake burying the puck in the empty net for his second goal of the year, making it
4-2. The Hounds would not go away quietly. They would cut into the Yorkton lead, when a
rebound off of Herman found its way to Truett Olson, wide open at the side of the net, scoring
his second goal of the year. Then with the goalie pulled, Notre Dame tied the game at four,
when captain Qaritaq Kusugak-Clark found a loose puck, pushing it past a sprawled out
Herman, sending the game to overtime.
Overtime solved nothing, as both teams had their chances in a back and forth affair, but were
unable to beat the goaltenders in the five minutes, sending the contest to a shootout. The
Terriers proved victorious in the shootout, where Kishaun Gervais scored the lone goal and
Herman denied all three Hound shooters.
The Terriers now prepare for a home and home series with their Highway 10 rivals, the Melville
Millionaires. Friday night, the teams meet at the Horizon Credit Union Centre, with puck drop at
7:30pm. The game will be broadcast on GX 94 radio. Then the teams will do battle at the
Westland Insurance Arena on Saturday, puck drop at 7:30pm.
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