Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Terriers Rally Past Bruins in Overtime

YORKTON, SK: Quintin Unreiner scored 51 seconds into overtime, and Ethan Farrow made 24 saves as the Yorkton Terriers picked up a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Estevan Bruins.

The Terriers got off to the start they wanted in the opening frame, outshooting the Bruins 6-0 in the game’s first five minutes. Their best chance of the period came off a solo dash by Jarron Desnoyers, who was able to draw a penalty due to his quick feet. The Terriers would test Bruins goaltender Jackson Miller twice, but it stayed scoreless. 

Moments later, the Bruins would find the back of the net as forward Gabriel Fillion shot across his body and fooled Ethan Farrow, giving the Bruins a 1-0 on their first shot of the hockey game. The Bruins would double the lead shortly after on a nice passing play between defenceman Blake Heward and Ilia Chmelevski, who quickly let go of a shot from the right dot for his 24th and 5th of the year against the Terriers alone. The Terriers outshot the Bruins 10-8 in the first period.

In the middle frame, the Terriers continued to push to cut the lead in half with a couple of good looks. The hard work paid off as the Terriers were able to take advantage of some extra ice with 4 on 4. Jye Zawatsky found an open David Coyle, who ripped it past Miller to cut the lead in half. For the North Vancouver product, it was his 20th goal of the season and the 28th point for Zawatsky. Coyle nearly tied it the following shift, but Miller denied his backhand bid. Both teams had a pair of powerplays but were unsuccessful. The Terriers held the shot advantage 22-15 after forty minutes.

In the third period, the Terriers tied the game after some nice work below the goal line by Coyle, and he was able to deadlock things at 2-2. The Bruins would answer shortly after capitalizing on a weird bounce. Luke Rybinski let it fly from the point, and it ramped up Farrow’s stick and landed behind in and into the net for a 3-2 Bruins lead with 6:00 left in the third period. The Terriers, however, would respond with the goaltender on the bench for a 6 on 5 opportunity. After an excellent play at the line by Anthony McIntosh, he was able to get the puck towards the net, and it was tipped home by Desnoyers to tie the game at three, meaning for the second consecutive home game, we needed overtime.

In the extra frame, it was Terriers defenceman Quintin Unreiner taking advantage of a Bruins turnover, and he snapped it by Miller’s glove side, securing a big two points for the Terriers as they now sit only one point back of the Weyburn Red Wings for the 8th and final playoff spot.