JD Hall had a pair of goals, but it wasn’t enough as the Terriers fell 5-4 in overtime to the Nipawin Hawks. Rylan Lefebvre and Mkyllan Couture each had a goal and a helper for the Hawks, while Chase Hamm stopped 23 shots in the win.
Nipawin got on the board first, early in the opening frame. A Couture wrist shot from the point found its way through a crowd and beat Bradley Mistol to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. The Terriers tied it halfway through the period, thanks to a highlight reel goal from Erik Boers, who pulled the puck through the defender and beat Hamm on the blocker-hand side. The goal was Boers fifth of the campaign.
Nipawin regained their lead in the second period. A dump-in from centre ice was bobbled by Mistol and Lefebvre quickly jumped on the loose puck, poking it past the Yorkton net-minder. Terriers quickly responded. Parker Jasper took a wrist shot from the left point, which took a deflection off of Hall and past Hamm to make it 2-2. 37 seconds later Yorkton took the lead. Maddux Nollski received a feed from Nolan Wutzke and found himself one-on-one with the goalie, beating Hamm with a move to the back-end for his seventh goal of the season. The Hawks got themselves a power-play and capitalized on it. Christian Albertson with his team leading ninth goal of the year, batted a puck past Mistol, making it 3-3. The scoring wasn’t finished yet. Yorkton took their second lead of the game, when Hall, shorthanded, had a breakaway from his own blue line, beating Hamm on his glove side, for his sixth goal of the year. Terriers led the hockey game 4-3 at the break.
Nipawin pressed in the third period for the equalizer and they were rewarded with 2:04 remaining in the frame. A point shot from Ranon Joseph hit a maze of legs in front and Mistol couldn’t collect the rebound, allowing Andrew Schaab to jam in the game-tying goal making it a 4-4 game.
To the overtime frame we go, where it didn’t last long. Carter Wickenheiser broke out of his zone on a two-on-one and found Brody Wilson, who froze Mistol and wrapped the puck around him, giving Nipawin a 5-4 win.
While Yorkton didn’t win, they still got a point out of the contest, extending their point streak to three games. They will put that on the line in their final game before the Christmas break, when they host the Estevan Bruins at Westland Insurance Arena. The game will be broadcast on the GX 94 online only stream, with the pre-game starting at 7:20pm and play-by-play kicking off at 7:30pm.