Jaydon Dureau had a three point night and Reece Newkirk found an insurance marker late in the third to give the Melville Millionaires a 5-3 victory over the Terriers. For Yorkton, they saw their three game winning streak and four game point streak snapped at the hands of their Highway 10 rivals.
Melville would get things started midway through the first period, where Dureau would score his first on the night, with Aiden Robson earning his first SJHL point on the assist. The Terriers would tie things up, when captain Keenan Taphorn walked in alone on goal and beat Bryan Thomson glove side. Yorkton would get their only lead of the game, thanks to a power-play goal from Kishaun Gervais, receiving a beautiful feed from Brett Kemp, and burying it past Thomson. However, less than two minutes later, the Millionaires struck back. Noah Wills would fend off a Terrier defender and find Luke Nkwama in the slot, who fired a one-timer past Nolan Maier to make it 2-2. The Millionaires would take their second lead of the game in the final moments of the period. Landon Kosior would cut in front of the net, and slip a backhander through the five hole of Maier, making it 3-2.
Seconds into the second period, Melville would extend their lead. Dureau would get his second goal of the night, steering home a loose puck past Maier, while Nkwama would pick up the assist. The Millionaires had a chance to make it 5-2, but Maier robbed Newkirk, diving to his left to get his glove on the shot.
Yorkton would cut into the Melville in the third. Carson Henry followed up a Kaeden Taphorn shot for his first goal of the season, trimming the Melville lead to 4-3. The Terriers would press for an equalizer but they couldn’t solve Thomson, before Newkirk got the insurance marker.
Maier would finish the night with 38 saves on 43 shots, while Thomson got 34 saves in the win.
The next game for the Yorkton Terriers will be on Friday night, when the Weyburn Red Wings come to town, puck drop is at 7:30pm.
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