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The Terriers stunned the Estevan Bruins 4-3 in a shootout to open their three game road trip. Maddux Nollski had a pair of goals, Kishaun Gervais had two assists, and Kael DePape was solid in goal once again, stopping 38 of 41 Estevan shots. The victory marked back to back wins over the division leading Bruins for the Terriers. Now, they face the league leading Humboldt Broncos, who were victorious in Yorkton last Saturday 3-1. The Terriers felt like they outplayed the Broncos in that game, and are now looking to extract some revenge while extending their winning streak to three. With every point being important in the playoff race, an upset win over Humboldt would go a long way to boosting the Terriers’ confidence as they push for a playoff spot.
View From Humboldt:
The league leading Broncos are riding high on a four game winning streak. Scoring has been spread out throughout the entire roster, and goaltender Rayce Ramsey has been a rock in goal, winning all four games for Humboldt. Even though Humboldt is in first place, they are only two points ahead of the Estevan Bruins, who also have three games in hand. That means these two points are crucial for the Broncos as well. While the big guns of Connor McGrath, Matthew Perkins and Alec Saretzky have been fairly quiet against Yorkton, it’s the supporting cast of Cage Newans, Sam Marburg and Rhett Gibson that have produced for Humboldt. An excellent penalty kill has also been the backbone of this Bronco team. If Yorkton wants to claim an upset win, they will need a full 60 minute effort from the entire team.
Thursday night in Estevan saw a couple of Terriers achieve some personal milestones. Zach McIntyre played his 150th career SJHL game against the Bruins, while Steven Norum played his 100th career game. McIntyre had a couple of close looks, while Norum scored the game tying goal with less than a minute to go. Both are in their final year of junior hockey eligibility, and both have been key pieces for the Yorkton Terriers. Norum is tied for second on the team in points and is also an assistant captain on the team. Meanwhile, McIntyre was the key pickup for Mat Hehr, acquired in a trade from Melville to give the Terriers another weapon on offense. Both provide leadership to this Terrier squad, and both look to finish off their junior careers in style this season.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (19-16-1-4 – 43 points) Humboldt Broncos (32-11-0-0 – 64 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 6th SJHL 1st Global Ag Risk Division/ 1st SJHL
Powerplay: 19/152 – 12.5% (10th SJHL) Powerplay: 41/201 – 20.4% (6th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 159/184 – 86.4% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 178/197 – 90.4% (2nd SJHL)
Last Ten: 5-3-1-1 Streak: 2-0-0-0 Last Ten: 7-3-0-0 Streak: 4-0-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Nollski (14)
Assists: Jasper (23)
Points: Jasper (25)
PIM: Norum (69)
Goalie: DePape 16-9-0-4, 2.06, 0.927%, 3 SO