Story Coming In:
It was Heartbreak City for the Yorkton Terriers last night against Nipawin. Things looked to be going the way for Yorkton after 40 minutes of play, before the Hawks put up five goals in the third period to steal a 7-5 victory. Special teams was the difference maker, as Nipawin went 3-for-7 on the power-play adding two shorthanded markers. The Terriers only managed one goal on five power-play chances. Yorkton’s four game home-stand will wrap up with a pair of games against the La Ronge Ice Wolves, and you get the feeling these games will be big for the Terriers. With a three game road trip in three nights next week, the Terriers will want to right the ship before then. Being more disciplined is key for Yorkton’s success, especially against a team that likes to play right at the line. Another key is finding a way to even out the shot clock. In two of the last three games, the Terriers have been outshot by 20+ shots. If they can’t find a way to carry the play, then the Terriers will struggle.
View From La Ronge:
Things are looking up for the Ice Wolves. La Ronge is fresh off handing the Humboldt Broncos their first loss of the season, while head coach Kevin Kaminski will make his return being the bench after serving a 10 game suspension. Captain Walker Jerome leads the way for the Ice Wolves, while the addition of Trenton Curtis from the Melfort Mustangs has given La Ronge another layer of offence that gives opposing teams fits. Another nice surprise has been the play of Dawson Smith in goal. The Whitehorse, Yukon product has been criminally underrated and gives the Ice Wolves a chance to win every game. Overall, La Ronge is a tough team that will never be an easy out while Kaminski is at the helm.
One of the bright spots offensively for the Terriers has been rookie Dylan Ruptash. The Edmonton product had big expectations placed on him heading into this season, and after a slow start, he’s starting to deliver. With four goals in the last three games, Ruptash’s production has helped keep Yorkton in games. The 18-year-old possesses a dangerous shot, and he’s smart enough to find the soft zones in the opposition’s defence which creates grade A scoring chances. Continued production from Ruptash will be welcomed by the Terriers, as he has the potential to become a star in the SJHL.
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Nelson & Ruptash (4)
Assists: Mayes & Nimmo (4)
Points: Nelson (7)
PIM: Nollski (38)
Goalie: Allen 5-2-0, 2.70, 0.927% 1SO 1G