Maddux Nollski had a pair of goals, while Kael DePape stopped 38 shots, and the Yorkton Terriers defeated the Estevan Bruins 4-3 in a shootout. The Yorkton win snaps an Estevan five game winning streak and puts the Terriers four points clear of the La Ronge Ice Wolves.
Estevan opened the scoring in the first period. Jamie Valentino found a wide open Cody Davis at the top of DePape’s crease, and the Alameda, Saskatchewan product buried the shot past the Yorkton net-minder. Nollski responded for the Terriers twice in the span of 19 seconds. His first was set up by a feed from Kishaun Gervais from behind the Estevan net, and the second was off of a Bruin turnover, which Nollski fired over the shoulder of Cam Hrdlicka to give Yorkton a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play.
The first minute of the second period was all Estevan. 29 seconds into the period, Caelan Fitzpatrick picked up a loose puck and rifled it over the glove of DePape to tie the game at two. Then, 22 seconds later, Estevan took a 3-2 lead, when Mark Rumsey stormed down the right wing and wristed a shot past the blocker of DePape. It looked like the Bruins were headed to a victory, but with less than a minute left in the third period and on a Yorkton power-play, the Terriers found an equalizer. A shot from Parker Jasper rattled around a few legs in front of Estevan’s goal, before Gervais poked it to Steven Norum, who lifted the puck over Hrdlicka.
In overtime, Estevan had a pair of power-plays, but DePape stood on his head, denying the Bruin shooters sending the game to a shootout. McIntyre had the lone goal in the skills competition, while DePape made all three saves, and the Terriers claimed an important two points with a 4-3 victory.
Yorkton will continue their road trip in Humboldt on Friday, when they take on the league leading Broncos. Puck drop at the Elgar Petersen Arena is at 7:30pm.