Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Terriers Snap Losing Streak, Snuff Out North Stars

Photo Credit: Simple Shots By Jackie

Kishaun Gervais was the overtime hero, as the Yorkton Terriers downed the Battlefords North Stars 3-2 to kick off a two game road trip. Tresor Wotton was solid in between the pipes making 33 saves for the win, while Steven Norum had a two point night.

Yorkton opened the scoring early in the first period, when a bouncing puck came out to Erik Boers, who struck gold for his 11th goal of the year, giving Yorkton a 1-0 victory. It was a period dominated by the Terriers, who out-shot Battlefords 16-7 in the frame, however, Michael Harroch stopped 15 shots to keep it a one goal game.

In a penalty filled second period, the North Stars tied the game at one, when Steven Kesslering poked the puck through Wotton. Yorkton quickly responded, Norum received a drop pass from Karsten Kruska, and danced his way around a Battlefords’ defender, before going top corner over Harroch, giving Yorkton a 2-1 lead.

The third period was the Tresor Wotton show, as the Yorkton net-minder made save after glorious save to frustrate the North Stars. But perseverance pays off and Battlefords tied the hockey game with less than a minute remaining. With the goalie on the bench, Tynan Ewart fired a shot from the point that hit Emmet Wurst and past Wotton to make it a 2-2 game.

To overtime we would go and Gervais played the role of hero. Picking up the puck in the neutral zone, the Keeseekoose First Nation product weaved his way through the North Stars before lifting the puck past Harroch to give Yorkton a 3-2 victory.  With the win, Yorkton moves into 6th place in the SJHL standings, while giving head coach Mat Hehr his 100th career win.

Yorkton returns to action Wednesday night for a massive match-up against the Kindersley Klippers at the West Central Events Centre. GX 94 will have the game with the pre-game show starting at 7:20pm and play-by-play kicking off at 7:30pm.