Story Coming In:
Finally, the Terriers have come back home. Saturday saw Yorkton wrap up a season long seven game road trip that spanned three weeks, across almost 3,000-kilometres. The orange and grey went 3-3-0-1 on the road trip, wrapping up with a 2-0 loss to Melfort, where they were held to a season low 17 shots on target. Five of the next six games will be at the Westland Insurance Arena, where the Terriers look to launch themselves into the thick of the playoff hunt. A regulation win tonight would put Yorkton in a tie with Kindersley for 7th in the SJHL. The T-Dogs are hoping to get healthy, as Kishaun Gervais and Tyson Perkins have missed time. It’ll be back-to-back games against Kindersley for the Terriers, with both games having big playoff implications.
View From Kindersley:
The Klippers looked good during their last last 10 games, where they have gone 6-3-0-1. However, since defeating Yorkton in Rosetown on November 6th, the Klippers have dropped back-to-back games to Battlefords, both by 3-1 scores. The power-play has been a spot of trouble for Kindersley, where they have scored on 9.9% of their man advantages (only Yorkton has a worse power-play then Kindersley). Jaxon Georget was the hero for Kindersley the last time these two teams played with 2 goals, in what was a 3-2 victory for the Klippers. Tonight marks the start of a five game road trip for Kindersley, where they visit Yorkton twice, Melville twice and Notre Dame.
The Terriers haven’t seen him a lot this season, but Nolan Wutzke is finally back in the lineup after suffering a separated shoulder. While he has no points in three games as a Terrier, the Calgary product has shown signs of being a high energy forward. Wutzke has looked good on a line with Logan Cyca and JD Hall, and at times that line has caused chaos for other times. Any extra offence the Terriers can find will be valuable, and Wutzke is one of the players Yorkton hopes will break out.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (8-11-0-1 – 17 points) Kindersley Klippers (9-10-0-1 – 19 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 9th SJHL 4th Global Ag Risk Division/ 7th SJHL
Powerplay: 7/80 – 8.8% (12th SJHL) Powerplay: 9/91 – 9.9% (11th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 78/90 – 86.7% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 66/81 – 81.5% (6th SJHL)
Last Ten: 5-4-0-1 Streak: 0-1-0-0 Last Ten: 6-3-1-0 Streak: 0-2-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (8)
Assists: Norum (8)
Points: Gervais (12)
PIM: Norum (40)
Goalie: DePape 8-5-0-1, 1.84, 0.929%, 1 SO