Story Coming In:
The Terriers won two of their previous three games, which included a weekend split with the Humboldt Broncos and a match against the Weyburn Red Wings that had more twists and turns than an Agatha Christie novel. Yorkton scored five goals in those three games, all from different goal scorers. Defence continues to be a strong point for the orange and grey, and the emergence of Kael DePape in goal has been a godsend for the Terriers. Now they face the league’s top offence in the Battlefords North Stars before the T-Dogs embarked on a season long, seven game road trip. The two teams faced off at the SJHL Showcase in Warman, where the North Stars prevailed in a high scoring 6-5 contest. That game on October 5th also marks the last time the Terriers have scored on the power-play, which has gone 0/21 since.
View From Battlefords:
Winners of three straight, Battlefords comes into Yorkton off a 5-3 victory over the Melville Millionaires, last night. Jake Southgate and Holden Doell led the way with three points each, while Ulrik Roussel stopped 35 shots in the win. For the North Stars, tonight wraps up a short two game road trip to eastern Saskatchewan, and they hope to leave with a sweep. Leading the league in goals with 62, Battlefords has seven players with at least 10 points, compared to the Terriers who have none.
Oh Captain, My Captain:
Leading the team in goals scored, Kishaun Gervais is starting to find his game as the leader for the Yorkton Terriers. Gervais is first and foremost, the de facto leader of the Terriers, who wears his heart on his sleeve. He is capable of picking up the entire team through his emotion. This year he is also showing that he has an offensive side to his game that can galvanize a young Terriers squad. The biggest surprise for the Kamsack product is the disciplined side of his game he is showing. In the COVID shortened year, last season, Gervais led the team in penalty minutes. This season, he is showing amazing restraint, probably through the knowledge that his team will benefit from his presence on the ice, rather than in the penalty box. As the team prepares to hit the road for a lengthy trip, the Terriers will lean on the veteran presence of Gervais to lead them to victories game after game.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (4-8-0-0 – 8 points) Battlefords North Stars (8-3-1-0 – 17 points)
T-2rd Viterra Division/ T-10th SJHL 2nd Global Ag Risk Division/ 4th SJHL
Powerplay: 5/57 – 8.8% (12th SJHL) Powerplay: 10/43 – 23.3% (3rd SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 51/60 – 85.0% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 41/55 – 74.5% (11th SJHL)
Last Ten: 4-6-0-0 Streak: 1-0-0-0 Last Ten: 7-3-0-0 Streak: 3-0-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (5)
Assists: Norum & Sleeva (6)
Points: Kruska & Sleeva (9)
PIM: Sklaruk (25)
Goalie: DePape 4-3-0-0, 1.86, 0.927%