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Yorkton saw their 13 game home point streak come to an end on Saturday, after a 3-1 loss to the Humboldt Broncos. Erik Boers had the lone Terrier goal, while the penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4 in a valiant effort against the SJHL’s number one team. Now the Terriers wrap up a three game home-stand in four nights against the Weyburn Red Wings. Weyburn has won the previous two matchups between these two hockey clubs, however, Yorkton is a perfect 2-0 at home against the Red Wings. Having outscored Weyburn 7-2 on home ice, the Terriers look to continue playing with a suffocating defence, while dominating the shot clock on route to what could be their 18th win of the season.
View From Weyburn:
Finally the Red Wings are playing a team not named the Kindersley Klippers. Three straight contests against the Klippers saw Weyburn lose 4-1, 4-3, and 4-0. Jackson Fellner played in net during all three games, including Saturday in relief for Boston Gelowitz. The power-play was an atrocious 0-for-16 during that three game stretch, and the Red Wings saw the gap between them and 11th place in the SJHL grow to nine points. With games against Estevan and Humboldt to wrap up January, Weyburn has to feel like Yorkton is the last winnable game of the month, and perhaps their final chance to remain in the playoff race.
Buehler, Buehler, Buehler:
The Terriers welcomed back Cole Buehler with open arms this weekend. Friday’s game against Melville was Buehler’s first action since November 23rd when he was knocked out with injury. While the 18-year-old does not have any points, the Calgary product is known for his strong defensive play and being a puck magnet on the ice. Despite his small stature, Buehler isn’t afraid of lowering the boom on an unsuspecting opponent, even ones bigger than him. Paired with Tanner Sklaruk, Buehler allows the 20-year-old to play more of an offensive game, due to his stay at home mindset. Throw in a third defensive pairing anchored by Tyson Perkins, and Buehler helps the Terriers roll out a very strong defensive core.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (17-16-1-4 – 39 points) Weyburn Red Wings (10-25-3-0 – 23 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 6th SJHL 4th Viterra Division/ 12th SJHL
Powerplay: 17/143 – 11.9% (T-10th SJHL) Powerplay: 28/150 – 18.7% (7th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 150/175 – 85.7% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 125/167 – 74.9% (12th SJHL)
Last Ten: 5-3-1-1 Streak: 0-1-0-0 Last Ten: 2-8-0-0 Streak: 0-3-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais & Nollski (12)
Assists: Jasper (20)
Points: Jasper & Norum (22)
PIM: Norum (67)
Goalie: DePape 15-9-0-4, 2.04, 0.925%, 3 SO