Five different Terriers lit the lamp as Yorkton came away with their first win of their seven game road trip, 5-2 over La Ronge. Tyson Perkins and Tanner Sklaruk each had a goal and a helper, while Logan Cyca had a pair of assists for his first points as a Terrier.
La Ronge struck early in the hockey game, 37 seconds to be precise. Connor Abric found himself in behind the Yorkton defence and one-on-one with Kael DePape, beating the Yorkton netminder over the glove to make it 1-0. The Terriers replied midway through the frame. Maddux Nollski beat out an icing and found Enrique Fontes wide open in front of La Ronge’s goal for Fontes’ third goal of the season, to make it 1-1. The goal snapped a 149:53 goal less drought for the Terriers, when Fontes last scored at the Kinsmen Arena on October 19th.
La Ronge for the second time would strike in the first minute of a period. Gavin Mattey banked a shot off of DePape for a power-play marker, making it 2-1 Ice Wolves. The Terriers responded yet again, this time in the late stages of the second. Tanner Sklaruk sped behind the Ice Wolves’ net and found Tyson Perkins in the left face-off circle, where he sniped a shot over the glove of Xavier Cannon. The goal was scored on the power-play, the first power-play goal for the Terriers in 31 attempts.
It was all Yorkton in the third period. Sklaruk scored his second goal of the season, dashing around an Ice Wolves’ defender, before cutting to the net and beating Cannon, to make it 3-2 Yorkton. Kishaun Gervais doubled the Terriers advantage with his team leading sixth goal of the season, smacking in a loose puck at the side of the La Ronge goal to make it 4-2. Colby Vranai sealed the contest with an empty netter, his first goal of the campaign, giving the Terriers the victory.
Yorkton out-shot La Ronge 46-23, while going 1/4 on the man advantage. DePape made 21 saves in the win, while Cannon stopped 41 in the loss.
The Terriers will continue their seven game road trip on Friday when they visit the Battlefords North Stars at the Access Communications Centre in North Battleford. Puck drop is at 7:30pm.