Story Coming In:
After going 0-3 last season in neutral site games, the Terriers won their first game of the SJHL Showcase in Warman to improve to 4-0 on the season. In their 3-0 win over the Nipawin Hawks, Caleb Allen posted his first career SJHL shutout with 41 saves on the night, and he was credited with a goal, a rare feat in any league. Dalton Mayes was also rewarded with his first career SJHL goal and is tied for the team lead in points, while Greg Nelson had a two point effort in the win. Internet scoring began in the SJHL during the 2006/07 season, and the last time the Terriers started a season 4-0 was before that. While last year, Yorkton was losing these close games, this season they are learning how to win them, and what it takes to be successful in the SJHL.
View From Kindersley:
The Klippers are trending in the opposite direction of the Yorkton Terriers. Five games into the season, and Kindersley has lost all five games including two in a shootout. Goal scoring has been a major issue for the Klippers. With 12 goals in 5 games, only three teams in the SJHL have scored fewer goals, and those teams have all played two fewer games than Kindersley. Tylin Hilbig and Spencer Paplawski lead the team in scoring with four points, followed by Cash Arnsten and Cameron Rimstad with three. Goaltending has also been a question mark for the Klippers. Kindersley acquired Logan Falk from the AJHL, and in his lone appearance he put up solid numbers in a shootout loss to Melville. Cody Jaman played yesterday at the showcase, and while facing over 35 shots a night, he’s posted a 3.56 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
So far this season has been the Caleb Allen show, and rightfully so. With eye popping numbers in his first four games, a shutout and a goal, the Lone Tree, Colorado product has answered the bell in replacing Kael DePape. What about when he needs a night off? Enter the Levis, Quebec product, Tommy Bouchard. Acquired during the preseason from the Weyburn Red Wings, Bouchard is an inexperienced goaltender who is hoping to take the pressure off of Allen. Only playing in one preseason game, Bouchard has a victory under his belt, as he is expected to be between the pipes this afternoon. Tommy has fit in well with the team, and if he can start about 10-12 games this season, that should help keep Allen rested, as Yorkton heads into the later stages of the season.
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Hall, Nelson & Sleeva (2)
Assists: Mayes, Nollski & Perkins (3)
Points: Mayes, Nelson & Nollski (4)
PIM: Nollski (24)
Goalie: Allen 4-0-0, 1.75, 0.950%