Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Terriers Pushed To The Brink

Photo Credit: Simple Shots By Jackie

A pair of goals seven minutes apart and the Yorkton Terriers are facing elimination after a 2-1 loss to the Estevan Bruins in game 3. Erik Boers had the lone goal for Yorkton, while Kael DePape was solid in goal making 23 saves.

After a cagey first period, it was the Terriers who struck first in the second period. Tanner Sklaruk picked up the puck from DePape and went end to end before firing a shot onto the pad of Boston Bilous. The rebound kicked straight to Boers who shoveled home the power-play goal for his third marker of the postseason. DePape kept it 1-0 in the second period. A back-door feed fell to Eric Pearce, who was staring at an open cage, only for DePape to slam the door shut with the left pad.

Then the Bruins capitalized in the third period. After a controversial penalty and a Jason Tatarnic timeout, Estevan went to work on the power-play. After the Terriers were unable to clear the puck, the Bruins got a 3-on-1 deep in Yorkton’s zone, and the puck slid to Eric Pearce who elevated it over a sprawled DePape to make it 1-1. Exactly seven minutes later, the Bruins got an odd man rush, and a bouncing puck found its way to Mikol Sartor who pushed it past an outstretched DePape, giving the Bruins a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish.

A do or die game 4 will take place at the Westland Insurance Arena on Thursday night. Tailgating will take place at the rink starting at 6:30pm, thanks to GX 94 and Legacy Co-Op. GX 94 will also broadcast the game with the pre-game show at 7:20pm and play-by-play beginning at 7:30pm.