Story Coming In:
The Terriers lost their last game, 5-4 in overtime to the Nipawin Hawks. JD Hall had a pair of goals in the contest, and despite the loss, the single point extended Yorkton’s point streak to three games. The Terriers are also riding a ten game point streak at the Westland Insurance Arena, which has consisted of a record of 7-0-1-2. Home success will be key for Yorkton if they want to knock off the 2022 Centennial Cup hosts. Lessons from the past will also be important for the orange and grey. Playing a full 20 minutes is a must for the Terriers. The last time Yorkton and Estevan met, the Bruins proceeded to erase a three goal deficit to win 4-3. If the Terriers get another early lead, and continue to play their game to the final buzzer, then the fans will go home elated heading into the Christmas break.
View From Estevan:
Since their come from behind win against the Terriers on December 4th, the Bruins have posted a record of 2-1, out-scoring their opposition 15-4 in the process and posting 2 shutouts. Boston Bilous has been a key cog to Estevan’s success, having the league’s best goals against average, save percentage and the most shutouts. Estevan also has a plethora of offensive threats in the league’s second placed goalscorer Mark Rumsey, Rimouski’s Olivier Pouliot and Moose Jaw’s Caelan Fitzpatrick. Throw in a team loaded with major junior hockey experience, and the Bruins are a tough nut to crack for any team in the SJHL.
There’s no way around it, Kael DePape has to be the best player on the ice for the Yorkton Terriers tonight. The Yorkton product is second in the league in goals against average, fourth in wins, third in minutes played, fourth in save percentage, and third in shutouts. He’s been a huge reason why the Terriers have experienced a massive turnaround from the start of the season. Coming off a shutout against Melville and Saturday, DePape will look to shut the door on the second best offense in the SJHL. His last two outings against Estevan have been okay, but DePape is capable of shutting out the best in the league. For a final victory before the Christmas break, Yorkton will need the rookie sensation to be at the top of his game.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (14-13-1-3 – 32 points) Estevan Bruins (23-6-1-1 – 48 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 6th SJHL 1st Viterra Division/ 2nd SJHL
Powerplay: 16/120 – 13.3% (10th SJHL) Powerplay: 36/144 – 25% (1st SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 129/148 – 87.8% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 118/129 – 91.5% (1st SJHL)
Last Ten: 6-2-1-1 Streak: 2-0-1-0 Last Ten: 8-2-0-0 Streak: 1-0-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (11)
Assists: Jasper (13)
Points: Sleeva (19)
PIM: Norum (63)
Goalie: DePape 12-7-0-3, 2.06, 0.924%, 3 SO