Story Coming In:
The Terriers are on a season high three game winning streak coming into tonight’s contest. Fresh off a 6-2 stomping of the Melfort Mustangs, which saw the power-play explode for three goals, Yorkton looks to defeat another team they’ve yet to do so this season. Steven Norum had a pair of goals and a helper at the Northern Lights Palace, while with two assists, Clay Sleeva now takes over the points lead on the team. Kael DePape continued his hot play this season making 34 saves last night, improving his record to 10-6-0-3. The win also launched Yorkton into a tie for 6th place in SJHL, only four points behind Melfort for fifth, as the Terriers continue to climb the league standings.
View From Estevan:
This is probably the best team in the SJHL. Sitting in 2nd place in SJHL, two points behind Humboldt and with two games in hand, Estevan looks to potentially take over 1st overall tonight. The Bruins have the league’s best goal differential at an astounding +61, the league’s top point getter in Mark Rumsey with 42, and the league’s best penalty kill at 90.4%. Put it all together, and Estevan looks like a worthy team to host the 2022 Centennial Cup. The Bruins are 3-0-0-0 against the Terriers this year, including winning the last game at Affinity Place 6-1. While the Terriers have revenge on their minds, the Bruins will want to keep rolling and prove their dominance on the Viterra Division.
It’s a home-coming of sorts for Zach McIntyre. The Terriers completed a trade with the Melville Millionaires on Friday acquiring the 20-year-old forward in exchange for Enrique Fontes, a pair of draft picks and a player development fee. McIntyre is a rugged, two-way forward who grew up a few minutes north of Yorkton in Rhein, and played his minor hockey in Yorkton. The move signals that Yorkton is all in to making the playoffs and competing for more. McIntyre gives the Terriers another offensive option, capable of playing in all situations. Playing on his third team in SJHL, McIntyre is looking to add to his seven playoff games in his career, and go for a long run with the Terriers this year.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (12-12-0-3 – 27 points) Estevan Bruins (20-5-1-1 – 42 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ T-6th SJHL 1st Viterra Division/ 2nd SJHL
Powerplay: 14/110 – 12.7% (T-10th SJHL) Powerplay: 29/124 – 23.4% (3rd SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 114/129 – 88.4% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 104/115 – 90.4% (1st SJHL)
Last Ten: 5-2-0-3 Streak: 3-0-0-0 Last Ten: 8-1-1-0 Streak: 3-0-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (9)
Assists: Janzen (11)
Points: Sleeva (17)
PIM: Norum (46)
Goalie: DePape 10-6-0-3, 1.96, 0.926%, 2 SO