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Despite being off for 11 days, the Terriers shook off early rust en route to a 5-4 shootout win over the Melville Millionaires. Dylan Ruptash scored his first two goals of his SJHL career, Cade Kennedy tallied a marker in his season debut, while Caleb Allen stopped 50 Melville shots in the win. Discipline was a concern for the Terriers as they found themselves shorthanded nine times. If there’s one plus from that, Yorkton killed off all nine penalties. Controlling their emotions will be key if Yorkton wants to find success in the sequel against their Highway 10 rivals. One plus for Yorkton so far is the depth to their season. One guy isn’t running away on the scoresheet, and even leading goal scorer Greg Nelson has only put up six points in six games. When a team is getting goals throughout their lineup, it makes it extremely difficult for the opposition to key onto one line. If Yorkton can continue to produce, then they could become one of the toughest teams to beat.
View From Melville:
Give the Millionaires credit. Despite facing a two goal deficit at three different points of the game, they kept plugging away and with a little bit of luck, snuck out a point against Yorkton last night. Many may feel like the Mils probably deserved the win after heavily outshooting the Terriers and receiving nine power-play opportunities. But special teams and inability to deliver on key chances was the downfall for the Moneymen. The top guys produced in a big way for Melville, with Zach Cain scoring a pair of goals, Noah Wills had a two point effort, while Carter McKay had two helpers. They will be looking to continue to produce while the Mils will be hungry for revenge on enemy territory.
It’s been an interesting start to the season for Karsten Kruska. The London, Ontario product is tied for the team lead in points, with both his goals being short-handed, and the majority of his points coming via special teams. Turning 20 today, Kruska is a veteran that will be relied on to lead the way, while producing on the scoreboard game in and game out. He’s won one game already, with the shootout winner against Melville. Will that kickstart Kruska onto an offensive tear, we’re about to find out.
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Nelson (3)
Assists: Several at (3)
Points: Hall, Kruska & Nelson (5)
PIM: Nollski (24)
Goalie: Allen 5-0-0, 2.16, 0.944% 1SO 1G