Story Coming In:
Last week, the Terriers had a three game home-stand where they took 4 of a possible 6 points. Clay Sleeva had goals in all three games, Bradley Mistol got his first career SJHL win, Parker Jasper scored his first career SJHL goal, and the power-play went 2 for 4 on Saturday and moved out of the SJHL basement. This week is an important one for Yorkton, as what the Terriers do may determine the direction they take for the rest of the season. Now, Yorkton puts their three game point streak on the line as they visit this year’s Centennial Cup hosts and the top team in their division. It’s a good measuring stick for the Terriers to see where they stack up against one of the league’s best. So far, Yorkton is 0-2 against the Bruins, however, both games were decided by a single goal.
View From Estevan:
Estevan has been red hot, going 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games, and winning 12 of their past 15. Mark Rumsey leads the league in points with 36 in 22 games, while Boston Bilous is near the top of all major goaltender statistical categories in the SJHL. Estevan has changed a lot since the Terriers saw them last. Gone are Mason Smith, Antonie St. Onge, Griffin Asham-Moroz and Lucas Eagle, and joining the Bruins are Eric Pearce, Kade Runke, Kian Calder and Jamie Valentino. The Bruins continue to load up in preparation to host Canada’s Junior A National Championship, and slowly they are finding their way in becoming one of the league’s best teams.
Listed as a rookie, Parker Jasper looks anything but that on the back-end for the Terriers. Jasper lines up in all situations alongside Tyson Janzen – 5-on-5, power-play and penalty kill. The top d-pairing eats a ton of minutes for Mat Hehr’s squad, probably averaging around 18-20 minutes. Jasper’s hard work on the Terriers was rewarded on Saturday, where he posted his first career SJHL goal. He also quickly backed it up with a beautiful assist on another power-play shortly afterwards. The confidence for Jasper is there, and the 18-year-old from Regina has a chance to add an offensive element to his game that will make Yorkton dangerous. Even if he doesn’t add that element, Jasper could easily be a star for the Terriers for the next three years.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (9-11-0-3 – 21 points) Estevan Bruins (16-4-1-1 – 34 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ T-8th SJHL 1st Viterra Division/ 2nd SJHL
Powerplay: 9/89 – 10.1% (11th SJHL) Powerplay: 23/98 – 23.5% (3rd SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 93/105 – 88.6% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 85/93 – 91.4% (1st SJHL)
Last Ten: 4-3-0-3 Streak: 1-0-0-2 Last Ten: 8-1-1-0 Streak: 4-0-1-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (8)
Assists: Norum (9)
Points: Janzen & Sleeva (13)
PIM: Norum (42)
Goalie: DePape 8-5-0-3, 1.84, 0.928%, 1 SO