Story Coming In:
It was not the result the Terriers were looking for to open their three game road trip. Against the North Stars, Yorkton saw first hand why Battlefords is the league’s best team, in a 9-3 defeat. If there are two positives to take from the game, the penalty kill is still excellent, and the Terriers stuck with the North Stars for two periods of play. If Yorkton wants to win the rematch, they will need to cut down on the mental mistakes and turnovers. Too many times a turnover led to a North Stars goal. The Terriers are capable of playing with Battlfords, and if they can put together a full 60 minute effort, they could head to Kindersley with a split from North Battleford.
View From Battlefords:
The depth of this North Stars team looks to be unrivaled in the SJHL. Jake Southgate, Steven Kesslering, Holden Doell, Kian Bell, Colby Bear, Emmett Wurst, the list goes on and on. Last night, Battlefords got production from all four lines. A veteran group, the North Stars are capable of making you pay for the smallest mistake, as seen last night. Now with a league best record of 12-0-0-1, Battlefords look to push their points streak even further. Playing with confidence, and in the middle of an eight game home-stand, the odds favour the North Stars. However, overconfidence can be the downfall for good teams, and if Battlefords take Yorkton too lightly, the Terriers will make them pay.
Who will be the one who steps up on the back end for Yorkton? Dalton Mayes has the most potential but has undergone a slow start. Tyson Perkins is the eldest statesman and has been the most consistent of the Terriers. Carter Herman brings WHL experience, but he’s still young. Probably the biggest surprise has been Cale Strasky. The Langley, BC product has played in every game for the Terriers, quietly providing strong defensive play, complimented by a couple of assists. The second year defender is being leaned on to continue his strong play and so far he has delivered. However, the Terriers may need a little more from the 19-year-old. With lots of youth and inexperience on the back-end, Strasky may need to find another gear, as the team continues to search for that winning formula.
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Ruptash (5)
Assists: Hall & Nelson (5)
Points: Nelson (9)
PIM: Nollski (42)
Goalie: Allen 5-3-0, 3.43, 0.909% 1SO 1G