Story Coming In:
The Terriers have had some struggles lately. Since returning from a two week break on January 21st, Yorkton has gone 4-5-0-0 with two of those wins courtesy of late game heroics from Steven Norum. Defensively, the team has given up 26 goals during that time frame, or an average of 2.89 goals a game. At first glance, that doesn’t look like much, but 19 of those goals have come in the last five games. A couple bright spots lately have been the play of Norum, Zach McIntyre and Parker Jasper. Jasper was rewarded by being named the SJHL defender of the month for January and Norum was runner-up for the MVP of the month. Meanwhile, McIntyre has points in three straight games, and is five points away from career point number 100. Now, the Terriers face the Viterra Division and SJHL leading Estevan Bruins, who have been red hot. Yorkton has been successful against their divisional foe having won the previous two meetings, however, they will need a complete effort from everyone to make it three wins in a row against Estevan.
View From Estevan:
No team has been hotter than the Estevan Bruins. The Bruins have not lost in regulation since the Christmas break, picking up points in 12 straight games. Goaltender Boston Bilous has missed time due to illness, but Cam Hrdlicka has stepped in admirably and was named the SJHL goalie of the month in January for his efforts. During the month, Hrdlicka went 5-0-0-1, posting a 1.78 goals against average, a .939% save percentage, and one shutout. It should be noted that the lone loss came at the hands of the Yorkton Terriers. Mark Rumsey has continued to play with fire for the Bruins as well. The St. John’s, Newfoundland product is on a six game point streak and is now tied for the league lead in points with Connor McGrath at 61.
The Terrier From Manitoba:
While the newest member of the Yorkton Terriers won’t be used much this season, Tresor Wotton has impressed in the couple of looks in goal this season. The Foxwarren product has won both the games he’s played in, including an outstanding effort against Notre Dame, where he put on a goaltending clinic. The 18-year-old net-minder is firmly placed as DePape’s backup, but if he solidifies the position, it will be easy for Mat Hehr to turn to him when DePape needs the rest. So far, Wotton has displayed excellent athleticism, combined with a calmness in the Yorkton crease. The second generation Terrier is a welcomed addition to Yorkton, and has the potential to create a two-headed monster in the Yorkton goal.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (20-19-1-4 – 45 points) Esteven Bruins (33-7-1-3 – 70 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 6th SJHL 1st Viterra Division/ 1st SJHL
Powerplay: 20/166 – 12.0% (10th SJHL) Powerplay: 46/213 – 21.6% (5th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 175/202 – 86.6% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 171/186 – 91.9% (1st SJHL)
Last Ten: 4-6-0-0 Streak: 0-2-0-0 Last Ten: 9-0-0-1 Streak: 10-0-0-2
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Nollski (15)
Assists: Jasper (23)
Points: Norum (30)
PIM: Gervais (78)
Goalie: DePape 16-12-0-4, 2.27, 0.918%, 3 SO