Four different Terriers struck pay-dirt as Yorkton downed the Weyburn Red Wings 4-1 to extend their season high winning streak to five games. Karsten Kruska, Greg Nelson and Steven Norum each had multi-point nights, while Kael DePape made 21 saves for his 20th win of the season.
The Terriers got off to a great start to the hockey game. A blocked point shot from Nelson found its way onto the stick of Norum, who backhanded it over the shoulder of Dazza Mitchell to make it 1-0 Yorkton. The Terriers then scored its seventh shorthanded goal of the season. Tanner Sklaruk and Carson Henry poked the puck free at their own blue-line, springing Kruska for a breakaway. The 19-year-old from London, Ontario put the deke on Mitchell, sliding the puck around the Weyburn net-minder’s pad for his 13th goal of the year. Yorkton got one more goal before the end of the opening 20 minutes. Norum went end-to-end, got denied by the pad of Mitchell, and Nelson followed up the rebound, chipping the puck home to make it 3-0 Yorkton.
Weyburn found a marker in the second frame. A point shot from Nolan Henderson went wide of DePape’s goal before bouncing into the blue paint, where Austyn Hansen poked home the goal for his 7th of the season. Things got a little chippy between these Viterra Division foes in the third period, with both teams combining for 44 penalty minutes. Zach McIntyre clinched the victory for the Terriers on the power-play with his 17th goal of the year. A shot from Clay Sleeva came flying off the end boards and McIntyre fired the loose puck past a sprawled Mitchell to make it 4-1.
Yorkton and Weyburn will collide for the eighth and final time on Friday night. The game will be broadcast on the GX 94 online only stream with the pre-game show starting at 7:20pm and play-by-play at 7:30pm.