Story Coming In:
The Terriers are 2-1 on this seven game road trip with back to back wins, where the offence has come alive. Coming off a 5-2 win over La Ronge and a 5-3 victory over Battlefords, Yorkton hopes the offence continues to produce as they take on the Kindersley Klippers. Early on this road trip, the duo of Logan Cyca and Kishaun Gervais have clicked for the Terriers, putting up a combined nine points in the last two games. Defenders continue to produce as well, as they have posted a combined six points over the two contests. The emergence of the offence means there’s less pressure on the runner up for SJHL MVP in October Kael DePape. However, the Yorkton product continues to look impressive in net, which makes the Terriers a dangerous team.
View From Kindersley:
The Klippers are rested coming into tonight’s contest, having last played on Tuesday. The Klippers were supposed to host the Notre Dame Hounds on Friday, however, ice plant issues led to the postponement of the game. So far, Kindersley has put together a solid season. Matthew Pesenti has been an anchor in goal where he’s played the second most minutes in the league, and made the third most saves. Rookie forward Tylin Hilbig has led the charge offensively where he’s put up 14 points in 17 contests. The biggest weakness for this Klippers team has been special teams. The penalty kill is respectable, sitting 7th in the SJHL, but the power-play has only converted 11.4% of the time, placing them in 11th. Special teams may determine the outcome of this contest, which is the first of three meetings between these teams in two weeks.
New Kid On The Block:
A couple weeks ago, Mat Hehr signed Sherwood Park product Logan Cyca and so far he has fit right in. The small, water-bug like forward brings speed, skill and grit to the roster that makes the Terriers a nightmare to play against. In his first game against the Battlefords North Stars on October 23rd, the 18-year-old announced his arrival with a massive body check on Steven Kesslering in overtime. Against La Ronge on October 30th, Cyca got his first two points as a Terrier, and so far he has five points in four games. Combining with Kishaun Gervais and JD Hall, Cyca has formed a top line for Yorkton that is relentless and isn’t afraid of going to the dirty areas to create chances. If this line continues to produce, the Terriers will have the offensive spark they have craved all season.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (7-9-0-0 – 14 points) Kindersley Klippers (8-8-0-1 – 17 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 9th SJHL 4th Global Ag Risk Division/ 7th SJHL
Powerplay: 6/69 – 8.7% (12th SJHL) Powerplay: 9/79 – 11.4% (11th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 64/75 – 85.3% (4th SJHL) Penalty Kill: 59/74 – 79.7% (7th SJHL)
Last Ten: 6-4-0-0 Streak: 2-0-0-0 Last Ten: 5-4-0-1 Streak: 2-0-0-1
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (8)
Assists: Norum & Sleeva (7)
Points: Gervais (11)
PIM: Norum (38)
Goalie: DePape 7-4-0-0, 1.81, 0.932%