Story Coming In:
The Terriers hold their fate in their own hands. After a strong win over the Notre Dame Hounds, Yorkton will wrap up their regular season with a home game against the Weyburn Red Wings. They just need a single point to claim 6th place in the SJHL, and to avoid playing the Humboldt Broncos in the first round of the playoffs. While on paper, tonight’s game may seem like a mismatch, don’t let that fool you. The Weyburn Red Wings have at times given the Terriers everything they can handle. Yorkton is a perfect 3-0 at home against the Red Wings and holds a record of 5-1-0-1 against Weyburn. Karsten Kruska and Tyson Janzen have led the way offensively for the Terriers against Weyburn with six points each, while DePape is 4-0-0-1. If the Terriers play their game and stay focused for a full 60 minutes, they will come away with two points.
View From Weyburn:
Despite all their struggles this season, the Weyburn Red Wings have some confidence heading into tonight’s game. The Red Wings thrived playing the spoiler role, having upset the Esteven Bruins and then knocking off the Notre Dame Hounds, condemning them to 8th in the SJHL. Dazza Mitchell and Jackson Fellner were sharp in goal during both victories, while Davis Chorney posted four goals in the game against Estevan and Mi-Kwan Tallman has points in back to back games. Ethan Whillans has had success in the season series against Yorkton, leading the Red Wings with four points, while Kirk Mullen is averaging a point a game. Weyburn will play a scrappy game against their Viterra Division foes, while trying to avoid their 40th regulation loss of the season.
The Captain Of The Bridge:
In his final year of junior hockey, Kishaun Gervais has been the heartbeat for the Yorkton Terriers. The co-captain is tied for the team lead in points with 42, while scoring a team high 22 goals. A player who plays with his heart on his sleeve, Gervais has been playing excellent hockey as of late with 11 points in his last eight games. Forming a deadly connection with Karsten Kruska and Carson Henry, the Keeseekoose First Nation product has been an integral part to the rise in Yorkton’s offense as of late. While Gervais is second on the team in penalty minutes with 86, he is learning to control his emotions with a realization that he means more to the team on the ice rather than in the sin bin. Gervais is hoping to hit the jackpot in his final season of junior eligibility, and he’ll put everything on the line to claim an SJHL championship.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (28-22-1-6 – 63 points) Weyburn Red Wings (14-39-3-0 – 31 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ T-6th SJHL 4th Viterra Division/ 12th SJHL
Powerplay: 28/210 – 13.3% (9th SJHL) Powerplay: 34/208 – 16.3% (8th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 215/248 – 86.7% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 175/232 – 75.4% 11th SJHL)
Last Ten: 7-2-0-1 Streak: 1-0-0-0 Last Ten: 2-8-0-0 Streak: 2-0-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (22)
Assists: Norum (28)
Points: Gervais & Norum (42)
PIM: Norum (94)
Goalie: DePape 21-15-0-5, 2.33, 0.916%, 4 SO