Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Terriers Hammer North Stars

YORKTON, SK: Jye Zawatsky and Brett Butz each had a pair of goals and Ethan Farrow stopped 31 of 34 as the Yorkton Terriers routed the Battleford North Stars 8-3 inside Westland Arena.

In the first period, the Terriers offence came ready to play. They struck first on a shorthanded goal by Cooper Algajer as he snapped it under the blocker to open the scoring 2:32 into the contest. Then two minutes later, it was the Terriers top line going to work as Anthony Domina kept it on a 2 on 1 and ripped it short side on Cunningham for a 2-0 Terrier lead on just three shots. Then, 1:29 after that, it was Renas capitalizing on a terrific play by rookie Jye Zawatsky, intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and was able to find Renas for a back door tap-in for his 7th of the campaign, stunning the vistors with a 3-0 lead.

However, the visitors would respond as Alex Izyk beat Farrow, cutting the lead to two. The Terriers would respond late in the period as Brett Butz jammed home a pass at the side of the net to restore the three-goal lead. The North Stars went 0/2 on the powerplay and outshot the Terriers 13-8

In the middle frame, the goals kept coming for the home side, as Jye Zawatsky was the recipient of a friendly bounce off the end boards, and he made an alert play to direct it to the net, beating Cunningham short side for a 5-1 lead. Then it was a solo effort for Desnoyers as he chipped it to himself off the boards, dashed down the right side and snapped it across the grain top shelf for his 16th of the season, making it a 6-1 game. The Terriers outshot the North Stars 13-9 in the second period.

In the third period, the Terriers added two more as Butz capitalized on a loose puck at the side of the net for his 9th of the season, and Zawatsky was able to cash in on a chance of his own for the 32nd point of his rookie campaign. Ethan Farrow made 31 stops tonight to pick up his 14th win of the season. 

The Terriers sit four points behind the idle Weyburn Red Wings for the 8th and final playoff spot. They will welcome the Estevan Bruins to Westland Arena tomorrow.