Story Coming In:
After some much needed rest, the Yorkton Terriers return to action for a three game road trip. The Terriers are coming off two massive wins last weekend over La Ronge and Flin Flon, and look to keep their winning ways going as they press for 6th place in the SJHL. They travel to a building which hasn’t been kind to Yorkton this season. The Terriers have lost both games at Crescent Point Place and are 3-1-0-1 against the league’s bottom team in the Weyburn Red Wings. Karsten Kruska led the way offensively as of late, being named the SJHL Forward of the Week, while Zach McIntyre was honored as the runner up for the MVP of the Week, after capturing career point #100 last week. Add in the strong goaltending tandem of Kael DePape and Tresor Wotton and the hope of returning some key pieces to the lineup, and Yorkton could be a team primed to go on a tear heading into the postseason.
View From Weyburn:
Simply put, they are playing for next season. Out of playoff contention, the Red Wings have to settle for playing the role of spoiler for the remainder of the 2021/22 season. Lately, it’s been slim pickings for Weyburn. Having not earned a win since February 11th, the Red Wings have lost six in a row, highlighted by blowout losses to Estevan (10-0) and Battlefords (7-1). The Red Wings have only scored four times during their losing skid, which includes being shutout in three straight games. If there’s one positive for Weyburn, they return young goaltender Dazza Mitchell from injury. The 2004-born goalie is the future for Weyburn and has shown flashes of brilliance this season. They also have a handful of games the Red Wings consider winnable coming up, and will target finishing the year on a positive note for their fans.
The big man from St. Albert, Alberta has been a key piece to the Yorkton Terriers success. Erik Boers may not always show up on the scoresheet, but the co-captain is always pitching in one way or another. Whether it’s a big hit, driving to the net, or being a calm voice on the bench, the 20-year-old has willed his team to victory at times this season. It’s also been a career year for Boers. Yes, it’s only his second full season, but his 25 points have come at crucial times for the Terriers. In his final year of junior eligibility, Boers has stated at the beginning of the year that his goal is to make it to Estevan in May for the Centennial Cup, and he will do anything in his power to give his team a chance to make it there.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (24-21-1-6 – 55 points) Weyburn Red Wings (12-37-3-0 – 27 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ 7th SJHL 4th Viterra Division/ 12th SJHL
Powerplay: 24/188 – 12.8% (9th SJHL) Powerplay: 33/195 – 16.9% (8th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 200/231 – 86.6% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 161/216 – 74.5% (12th SJHL)
Last Ten: 4-4-0-2 Streak: 2-0-0-0 Last Ten: 2-8-0-0 Streak: 0-6-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (17)
Assists: Norum (27)
Points: Norum (39)
PIM: Gervais (82)
Goalie: DePape 18-14-0-5, 2.31, 0.917%, 4 SO