YORKTON, SK: Matthew Van Blaricom scored the game-winning goal on the powerplay at the 5:09 mark of the third period, as the Humboldt Broncos defeated the Yorkton Terriers 3-1.
In the first period, the Terriers got an early powerplay opportunity 52 seconds into the contest when Jarron Desnoyers was cross-checked to the ice by Broncos Defenceman Daylan Weigel. The Terriers couldn’t get set up and failed to convert. Four minutes later, the Terriers got another man advantage when Jye Zawatsky was hammered in front of the Terrier bench, causing a scrum. The Terriers had more zone time on this powerplay and tested Broncos Goaltender Benjamin Motew, but the game stayed scoreless. We finally had our first goal of the game at the 12:49 mark of the first period. Cage Newans received a bounce as the puck hit a Terrier in front of the net and bounced right to Newans, who tapped home his 7th of the campaign. The Terriers had a late flurry of chances, with newcomer Tommy Chunchukov and Desnoyers getting stopped late in the period. The Broncos outshot the Terriers 10-6.
The Terriers had 1:36 of powerplay time carryover from the first period but failed to convert. The Terrier’s next best chance came off the stick of Desnoyers as he dashed down the left wing on a breakaway and tried to beat Motew five-hole, but he was able to make the stop; the Broncos then dashed right back down the ice, and it was Travis Bryson getting stopped by Farrow keeping it 1-0 visitors. The Terriers finally capitalized on a powerplay, their fourth of the period, as Defenceman Quintin Unreiner let one go from the point, and it found a way past Motew for his third of the season and deadlocked things at one apiece. Coyle and Knutson picked up the assists on the play. Both sides had chances at the end of the period late in the middle frame, but both goaltenders were equal to the task, keeping it 1-1. The Terriers outshot the Broncos 8-6 for a two-period total of 22-17 in favour of the visitors.
In the third period, the Terriers had numerous chances to take their first lead in the hockey game. Domina tipped a shot through his legs right off the left post, then about ten seconds later got his stick tied into the /skates of Bryson, hauling him down and sending the Terriers to the penalty kill for the second time tonight. The Broncos made them pay. Matthew Van Blaricom picked the puck up and snapped it home past a screened Farrow to retake the lead. The Terrier’s next best chance came off Zawatsky’s stick as he had a loose puck opportunity at the side of the net but was stopped by Motew. The Terriers thought they tied the game when Jeff Hammond tipped a puck through Motew’s legs, but the goal was immediately waived off due to a high stick. Right after the disallowed goal, the Terriers got into penalty trouble as McIntosh got the gate for tripping, putting the Broncos on the powerplay for the remainder of the game. The Terriers did get the goaltender out with 30 seconds left but could not connect and tie the game. The Broncos added an empty net goal with one second left. Ethan Farrow stopped 35 of 37 in the loss.
With the loss, the Terriers fall to 11-20-2 on the season; they will be back in action at home tomorrow night against the Notre Dame Hounds; puck drop is 7:00 PM.