Story Coming In:
The Yorkton Terriers are back in the win column. It was a gutsy performance against the Notre Dame Hounds with goals from four different players, while Caleb Allen stopped 41 shots in the win. Lowie Vreys continued his hot start with the Terriers with his third goal in as many games, while Tijs Vreys scored the game winner with four minutes left to go. Now, after six days of rest, Yorkton wraps up their road trip with three games in three days in Flin Flon and La Ronge. Last season, Yorkton went 1-3 against the Bombers, while they have split the season series so far with La Ronge at 1-1. Three out of six points would be a win for the Terriers, as they embark on one of the toughest stretches physically, as well as mentally.
View From Flin Flon:
The Bombers are among the league’s elite teams. Boasting a record of 12-3-1-1, Flin Flon currently sits in third place in the SJHL. Riding a four game winning streak, the Bombers are confident, deep and a difficult task for anyone in the SJHL. Cole Duperreault leads the team in scoring with 23 points, however, he will miss both games against Yorkton due to a suspension. That still leaves Jaeden Mercier, Jaxon Martens, Jacob Vockler and Jeremi Tremblay up front to form a veteran offensive core, while the Bombers also consist of a deep defence which boasts Alex Von Sprecken, Reece Richmond, Cory King and Cole Tanchuk. Throw in revelation of Harmon Laser-Hume in goal and the Bombers appear to have no weakness.
The Key Cog?:
There have been a lot of questions on how Yorkton will replace Karsten Kruska, who went down with injury on October 12th. While you can’t replace his veteran presence and leadership, the team can try to fill in his offensive ability and impact on the penalty kill unit. One of the players who did a fantastic job stepping up offensively is Dylan Ruptash. While October was a rough month for the team, Ruptash put up 7 goals and 3 assists in 10 games, good for Rookie of Month honors in the SJHL. Ruptash leads the team and all rookies with goal scored, and the Terriers will look for more production from the young 18-year-old. With the addition of Cohner Saleski, and the emergence of Lowie Vreys, some eyes will be taken off of Ruptash, giving him more time and space on the ice. Now can Ruptash take advantage of that extra space? Only time will tell.
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Ruptash (7)
Assists: Hall & Nelson (7)
Points: Hall, Nelson & Ruptash (11)
PIM: Perkins (46)
Goalie: Allen 6-6-0, 3.87, 0.901% 1SO 1G