Tonight marks the beginning of a crucial home and home for the Yorkton Terriers. Tonight, they enter five points behind the Kindersley Klippers for the 8th and final playoff spot and eight behind their opponent, the Estevan Bruins. It is the second meeting of the season. These two teams met on December 13th in Estevan, and the Terriers cruised to a 5-2 road victory.
Head Coach and General Manager Emery Olauson remembers it was a physical game.
“In our previous win in Estevan, the boys stuck to a simple game plan and worked hard,” said Olauson. “It was a great effort on the road, and we played very near 60 minutes, and that’s what it will take again,” added Olauson.
The Terriers have a couple of players who are coming off successful MJHL/SJHL Showcases in Winnipeg earlier in the week.
David Coyle picked up a goal and two assists. Meanwhile, Defenceman Anthony McIntosh had a goal and three assists, including two primary powerplay assists.
He spoke about his experience and the success that he had in Winnipeg.
“It was an awesome experience,” said McIntosh. “Going into it, I didn’t know many of the guys, and we got along and had so much fun. That’s why we did so well. It was nice to play with all those great players instead of against them, added McIntosh.
“My success came from just keeping it simple,” stated McIntosh. “I let plays develop and took advantage of my opportunities. When you play with a great group of players like we had, it makes it very easy”.
“It was a lot of fun being around guys from all over the province and hanging out and play alongside them for the few days we were there,” aid Coyle. “It was really good competition playing against the MJHL top players as they play a different way then I am used to here in Saskatchewan,” added Coyle.
Estevan comes into tonight’s game one point behind the Millionaires for first in the division with an 18-19-3 record. They are led up front by their captain, Keagon Little, who has 49 points in 37 games.
Puck drop is at 7:00 PM from Affinity Place in Estevan; these two teams will meet tomorrow night again inside Westland Insurance Arena.