Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Terriers Eye Revenge At Their Home Opener

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Story Coming In:

Opening night saw the Yorkton Terriers fall short of the Estevan Bruins. Despite a 35 save performance by Jacob Herman, the Terriers fell 2-1 to Estevan at Affinity Place. Karsten Kruska scored his first career SJHL goal in the loss. Now, the home and home switches to the Westland Insurance Arena for Yorkton’s home opener. The last time the Terriers hosted Estevan for the home opener was October 16th, 2011 (which Estevan won 3-2). Yorkton looks to reverse history and split the opening weekend with Estevan. Tonight’s game also marks the first of four straight home games for the Terriers.

View from Estevan:

The Bruins outshot Yorkton 37-26 in the win, but they couldn’t leave the Terriers in the dust like they did during the preseason. Offence came from returning Bruins Caelan Fitzpatrick and Antoine St. Onge, while the Terriers managed to silence the preseason’s top point getter, Mark Rumsey. While it was a relatively quiet night, Boston Bilous looked strong between the pipes for the Bruins. Estevan will look for more of the same from Bilous, as they try to sweep the opening weekend.

First Of Many:

Karsten Kruska had a good preseason with the Terriers and that carried over into opening night for Yorkton. The Edmonton, Alberta product tickled twine in his first SJHL game, finishing off a 2-on-0. Expectations for Kruska are high this season, as the Terriers hope to see him turn into a consistent offensive threat in the top 6. Sometimes, players need one point to go on a lengthy points streak, and Yorkton hopes that Kruska can do just that.