Story Coming In:
It was a gutsy victory for the Terriers on Tuesday with a couple of firsts for this Yorkton team. It’s the first time the Terriers have erased a deficit after two periods of play and it’s the first overtime victory for Yorkton. Now it’s a crucial showdown for Yorkton as they face Kindersley again. If Yorkton wins again, they will move into a tie for 7th in the SJHL with Nipawin and Notre Dame. A second win in a row would be huge for the morale of the Terriers, who have not won back to back games since the beginning of the season, where they won four straight. With Caleb Allen in goal, and led up front by Dylan Ruptash, the Terriers look to take that step forward in their chase of a playoff spot.
View From Kindersley:
It has not been the start to a five game road trip that the Klippers wanted. After falling 2-1 in overtime to Yorkton, Kindersley proceeded to let a 3-1 lead slip away, falling to Melville 6-3. Now the Klippers start a stretch of three games in three days, as they try to pull themselves out of the basement of the SJHL. Newly arrived Logan Linklater will be relied on heavily to spark the offence, which has scored the fewest goals in the league. Kindersley did suffer a blow to their offence, as Logan Cox went down with injury in Melville on Wednesday. Without their leading goal scorer, the Klippers will need more contributions from the Paplawski twins, Matthew Mazzocchi and Aiden Bangs.
Spring Of Youth:
There’s no denying that the Terriers have one of the younger rosters in the SJHL. With 12 rookies on the team, Yorkton has leaned on its young guns such as Dylan Ruptash, Caleb Allen and Brett Butz. Yorkton has received mixed results, as players are adjusting to a step up in competition. On one hand, success has been captured with Ruptash leading the team in points, Allen emerging as one of the better goalies in the SJHL, and Butz being a reliable two way centreman. On the other hand, some young guns are still trying to find their way to producing consistently with players like Pavel McKenzie, Cade Kennedy and Cade Van Brabant in and out of the lineup. With more experience, the young players will gain more confidence, which makes the future bright in the Parkland region.
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Ruptash (10)
Assists: Hall (9)
Points: Ruptash (15)
PIM: Perkins (77)
Goalie: Allen 8-9-0, 3.69, 0.901% 1SO 1G