Story Coming In:
It was a come from behind win for the Yorkton Terriers last night, as they downed the Melville Millionaires 6-4. The ex-Millionaire himself, Zach McIntyre, torched his former team for a pair of goals including the game winner. Yorkton now finds themselves tied for 6th place in the SJHL with another important two points on the line against their arch rivals. Top it off with tonight being Teddy Bear Toss night, and the Terriers are motivated to send the home fans away happy. A big positive for the Terriers has been the resurgence of the power-play. In the last five games, Yorkton has gone 7/21 on the man advantage, a huge improvement considering they spent the majority of the season with the worst PP unit converting under 10% of their chances. Coupled with a strong penalty kill, the Terriers could potentially have one of the best special teams units in the league, which would lead to more wins, which leads to a playoff position.
View From Melville:
The Terriers upset the party at the Horizon Credit Union Centre on Teddy Bear Toss night. Now, Mike Rooney’s squad looks to rebound, and return the favour by spoiling Yorkton’s Teddy Bear Toss game. One positive for the Mils has been the play of newly acquired Enrique Fontes and captain Jonathan Krahn. Fontes has been given a full time position in the lineup and has looked excellent for the Moneymen, even being rewarded with the teddy bear goal last night. Meanwhile, Krahn is beginning to find an offensive touch, and the breakout of a second line in Melville would take the pressure off of the top unit of Noah Wills, Zach Cain and Nicholas Samson.
Who Do You Got?:
It’s one of the most sought after goals a junior hockey player can score. The goal that unleashes a volley of stuffed animals to the ice. The teddy bear toss goal. Outside of the playoffs, players will push the hardest to score this goal. Which begs the question, who will be Mr Teddy Bear in 2021? There are several intriguing selections for this year. Maybe Zach McIntyre, scoring against his former team. Possibly Kishaun Gervais, the team’s leading goal scorer and returning for his final year of junior eligibility. How about a rookie scoring his first career goal like Kody Norberg or Reagan Sweeney? Take your pick! Whoever notches the teddy bear goal, will go down into Yorkton Terrier trivia history.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (13-13-0-3 – 29 points) Melville Millionaires (8-13-7-0 – 23 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ T-6th SJHL 3rd Viterra Division/ 11th SJHL
Powerplay: 16/116 – 13.8% (10th SJHL) Powerplay: 14/103 – 13.6% (11th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 120/137 – 87.6% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 58/75 – 77.3% (8th SJHL)
Last Ten: 5-3-0-2 Streak: 1-0-0-0 Last Ten: 5-3-2-0 Streak: 0-2-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (10)
Assists: Jasper & Janzen (12)
Points: Sleeva (19)
PIM: Norum (63)
Goalie: DePape 11-7-0-3, 2.15, 0.922%, 2 SO