Story Coming In:
After 11 days off, the Terriers are back in action. There’s a fine line between rest and rust, and Yorkton is about to find out which side they fall on. That being said, it’s easier to get your legs back under you when you’re going up against an arch rival like the Melville Millionaires. The Terriers enjoyed lots of success against the Mils last season, posting a record of 7-2-0-1. However, it’s a fresh slate this season and both teams will be looking to collect a crucial two points in the standings. One thing to note, Yorkton has played the fewest games in the SJHL and they have the third best winning percentage in the league. If they can continue their hot form to the season, they will gain some separation in the super tight Viterra Division and emerge as one of the league’s best teams.
View From Melville:
It’s been an up and down season for the Millionaires so far. Granted, injuries to key players have played a factor in that, but Melville is looking to gain some traction. Noah Wills has been the best player for the Moneymen by far. His 13 points is good for second in the league and he looks even better than he did last season. Getting Kelton Pyne back from the Regina Pats was big for Melville. The 2005 born goaltender solidifies the crease and gives the Mils a goaltender who can win night in night out, provided he’s with the team and not in the WHL. Zach Cain continues to produce, while Nicolas Samson is excellent when healthy. Throw in a defence led by Louis Frederic Theberge, and Melville has a team that you can not sleep on at any time.
After recovering from off-season knee surgery, Regina product Cade Kennedy will make his season debut. The young 2004-born forward played a handful of games during the regular season, before joining the Terriers full time in the playoffs where he shined despite having a small role. He may be a rookie, but Kennedy has the potential to be one of the most dynamic forwards the Terriers have. The biggest key is how quickly Kennedy can find his game again after rehab. The quickly he can find his game, the deeper the Terriers are on offence.
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Hall, Kruska, Nelson & Sleeva (2)
Assists: Mayes, Nollski & Perkins (3)
Points: Hall, Mayes & Nollski (4)
PIM: Nollski (24)
Goalie: Allen 4-0-0, 1.75, 0.950% 1SO 1G