Story Coming In:
For the second straight game, the Terries had bus issues on the road, but this time the team came out firing. Against a good Flin Flon Bombers, the Terriers threw everything and the kitchen sink, but they fell short 3-1 to Flin Flon. It was a game that Yorkton could’ve easily won, but Flin Flon’s goaltender was solid between the pipes, giving the Bombers the victory. Now Yorkton looks to snap a six game road losing streak at the Mel Hegland Uniplex against the La Ronge Ice Wolves. The last time these two teams met at the Mel, the Terriers went 0-for-9 on the power-play and 0-for-3 on the penalty kill. In a building that features a lot of shots and tight quarters, the Terries will need to be physical to grind out a 12th win of the season.
View From La Ronge:
The Ice Wolves have been one of the hottest teams as of late. La Ronge has won 9 of their last 11 games, which launched them into a tie for first place in the Sherwood Division. The Ice Wolves are stellar at home, boasting a record of 12-3-1-0. The last time La Ronge lost at the Mel Hegland Uniplex was on October 26th at the hands of the Melville Millionaires. Scoring against La Ronge at home has been difficult, as six of the last seven games at the Mel, the Ice Wolves allowed only one goal against. They are also led up front by Ethan Strik, Walker Jerome and Trenton Curtis, who are each difficult to handle as they like to play an extremely physical game.
Small Stature, Big Heart:
Landon Van Engelen is an interesting player for the Yorkton Terriers. The Tofield, Alberta product was picked up after being released from the Waywayseecappo Wolverines. The small 5-foot-7 forward may be small in height, but plays with a lot of bite and tenacity that Mat Hehr loves. Van Engelen can hit like a player twice his size, and he isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas and battle for the puck. The 18-year-old is a spark plug for the Terriers, and while he may not be a top notch offensive threat, he could become an impact player as someone who can lift the team when the Terriers need a big moment.
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Ruptash (13)
Assists: Hall (12)
Points: Ruptash (20)
PIM: Mayes (119)
Goalie: Allen 10-13-0, 3.77, 0.899% 1SO 1G