Story Coming In:
The Terriers came out of a home and home series with the Melville Millionaires with an overtime win and a loss at home. Kael DePape got the start in goal for both games, Karsten Kruska was key in the win, while Kishaun Gervais and Tanner Sklaruk both had three points in the loss. Yorkton’s power-play also went a combined 0/7 and fell to last place in the SJHL. Now the Terriers face a stiff test in the Humboldt Broncos. A pair of wins over the league’s fourth placed team would do wonders for the confidence of the Terriers and perhaps launch them into a winning streak before the team’s seven game road trip.
View From Humboldt:
The Broncos are coming off a surprising loss to the Notre Dame Hounds on Tuesday, 2-1. It was not from a lack of trying, as the Broncos threw 42 shots on goal. The loss halted a three game winning streak, which saw Humboldt defeat Battlefords twice and Estevan. Led by Connor McGrath and Alec Saretzy on offence, both leading the league in points, the Broncos have shown that they can score early and often. The Broncos hope to get back on track as their schedule gets difficult over the next few games, which sees Humboldt play La Ronge, the first placed Melfort Mustangs twice and Battlefords.
With two injuries on the Yorkton defence, the rest of the unit will need to step up. Filling the void is Tyson Perkins. The 6-foot-4 defender has formed a solid second d-pair behind Tyson Janzen and Parker Jasper. So far, the Lethbridge product has been relied on in every situation and he has answered the bell. Perkins has played a shutdown role, while also adding three points in nine games. If the Terriers are going to ride out the storm of injuries to their defence, they will need to lean on Perkins more, and he will need to deliver.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (2-7-0-0 – 4 points) Humboldt Broncos (6-3-0-0 – 12 points)
4th Viterra Division/ 12th SJHL 2nd Global Ag Risk Division/ 4th SJHL
Powerplay: 5/43 – 11.6% (12th SJHL) Powerplay: 10/45 – 22.2% (T-5th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 40/48 – 83.3% (T-3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 36/43 – 83.7% (2nd SJHL)
Last Ten: 2-7-0-0 Streak: 0-1-0-0 Last Ten: 6-3-0-0 Streak: 0-1-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Kruska & Gervais (4)
Assists: Norum (6)
Points: Kruska & Sleeva (8)
PIM: Boers (22)
Goalie: DePape 2-2-0-0, 2.00, 0.921%