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A massive win against the La Ronge Ice Wolves sees the Yorkton Terriers sitting in 6th place with 53 points. Erasing a 2-0 deficit, Yorkton got a pair of markers from Karsten Kruska, two power-play goals, while Zach McIntyre hit a milestone capturing career point number 100 in the SJHL. It is a quick turnaround for the Terriers, as they play an afternoon game against the Flin Flon Bombers. For Yorkton, it will be the earliest they started a hockey game this season. They will also be looking to buck a recent trend. So far this season, Yorkton is 4-10-0-3 in the second half of back-to–back games. This afternoon’s opponent is a very difficult team to play, but Yorkton is going to want to find a way to win both games if they want to go far in the playoffs.
View From Flin Flon:
The top team in the Sherwood Division has had the Terriers number all season. A perfect 3-0, Flin Flon has outscored the Terriers 7-1 with Cal Schell in goal for every game between these two teams. While the Bombers are looking to lock up their division, their play as of late doesn’t inspire confidence. Back to back losses to Nipawin and Melville, including being shutout last night at the Horizon Credit Union Centre, Flin Flon is looking to rebound as they try to separate themselves from the Melfort Mustangs. To their benefit, they do possess the best power-play in the league, while also having arguably the best defender in the league in Xavier Lapointe. Overall, Flin Flon is always a difficult team to beat for anyone in the SJHL.
If there’s one player on this Terriers roster Yorkton probably can’t do without, it’s Tyson Janzen. Anchoring the backend, the Saskatoon product has been the top defender all year for the Terriers, matching up against opposing teams’ top players, while chipping in during all situations. Sitting fourth on the team with 28 points, six of them on the power-play, the 20-year-old has been a de facto leader for Yorkton by word and by example. Even with Parker Jasper out of the lineup, the mindset has not changed at all for Janzen, who has tutored the younger guys such as Reagan Sweeney. In all, the fourth year defender is a critical piece to the Terriers success, as he looks to lead his team to the postseason.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (23-21-1-6 – 53 points) Flin Flon Bombers (31-14-2-1 – 65 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 7th SJHL 1st Sherwood Division/ 3rd SJHL
Powerplay: 25/185 – 13.5% (9th SJHL) Powerplay: 53/224 – 23.7% (1st SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 197/226 – 87.2% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 151/189 – 79.9% (8th SJHL)
Last Ten: 4-4-0-2 Streak: 1-0-0-0 Last Ten: 4-4-0-2 Streak: 0-2-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (17)
Assists: Norum (26)
Points: Norum (38)
PIM: Gervais (82)
Goalie: DePape 18-14-0-5, 2.31, 0.917%, 4 SO