Story Coming In:
It’s the eighth and final meeting of the season between the Yorkton Terriers and the Estevan Bruins. Yorkton has gone 2-5 against the Bruins so far this year, however, every game except for one has been decided by a single goal. The Terriers put a four game point streak on the line, which includes a pair of wins and a pair of shootout losses. Steven Norum has been on fire for Yorkton as of late. The Sherwood Park product has points in 15 of his last 18 games and leads the team in points with 37. Zach McIntyre is also nearing a milestone, as he is two points away from career point 100. With the playoff race heating up, the Terriers continue to press for a playoff berth, and two points against their Viterra Division rivals would be huge, especially on a difficult three game home-stand.
View From Estevan:
The Bruins are fighting with the Humboldt Broncos for first place in the SJHL. Right now both teams are tied with 76 points, however, Estevan does have a game in hand. Estevan is coming off of playing the SJHL Game of the Month last night, where they were blanked by the Battlefords North Stars. It was the first time this year that the Bruins were shutout. Estevan continues to be led offensively by Mark Rumsey, Olivier Pouliot and Mikol Sartor, all in the top 10 of the SJHL in scoring. Meanwhile, Boston Bilous and Cam Hrdlicka both lead the league in terms of having the best goals against average. Playoffs are assured for Estevan this year, however, the Centennial Cup hosts still have plenty to play for, as home ice advantage remains on the line.
The Pride of Rhein:
Since being acquired via trade from the Melville Millionaires, Zach McIntyre has posted 14 points in 20 games with the Yorkton Terriers. The 20-year-old in his final year of junior hockey has been a solid piece for Mat Hehr’s bunch, playing a strong way game, while not being afraid to crash the net. It’s also milestone watch time for the Rhein product. With nine games left in the season, McIntyre only needs two points to reach 100 over his SJHL career. The way he was played, Terrier fans can expect him to reach that very soon. He’ll also receive every opportunity to hit that mark, as injuries continue to be the story for the orange and gray.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (22-20-1-6 – 51 points) Estevan Bruins (36-9-1-3 – 76 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 6th SJHL 1st Viterra Division/ T-1st SJHL
Powerplay: 21/178 – 11.8% (10th SJHL) Powerplay: 52/235 – 22.1% (4th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 191/220 – 86.8% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 186/204 – 91.2% (1st SJHL)
Last Ten: 4-4-0-2 Streak: 2-0-0-2 Last Ten: 7-2-0-1 Streak: 0-1-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (16)
Assists: Norum (26)
Points: Norum (37)
PIM: Gervais (82)
Goalie: DePape 17-13-0-5, 2.27, 0.918%, 4 SO