Story Coming In:
The Terriers have been on a roll as of late. On a season high four game winning and clinching a playoff spot on Sunday, Yorkton comes into tonight’s game full of confidence. It’s the second visit to Crescent Point Place to wrap up this three game road trip. The Terriers won the last meeting here 4-1 thanks to goals from four different players and a suffocating defense. Kishaun Gervais has the hot hand as of late with five goals in his last three games, including a hat-trick against Nipawin. Karstan Kruska has also played some excellent hockey as he is on a five game point streak, the longest active streak on the team. While a playoff spot has been gained, positioning remains very important for the Terriers, as they find themselves tied for 6th place with the La Ronge Ice Wolves. Finishing the year in 6th would mean avoiding Estevan and Humboldt in the first round of the playoffs.
View From Weyburn:
It’s the second of three straight games against the Terriers for Weyburn. The last meeting saw Weyburn only muster 20 shots on goal, while the Red Wings saw their losing skid stretch to seven games. Kirk Mullen had the lone goal for Weyburn in that contest and now leads all Red Wings in points with 22. Since returning from injury on February 1st, Dazza Mitchell has posted a record of 2-6 in the Weyburn goal, while giving up three or more goals in six of the ten games he’s played during that stretch. However, both Mitchell and Mullen are building blocks for the future for the Red Wings, as this team continues to try to find their identity and work towards next season.
There’s a lot of hype surrounding Carter Herman. The 16-year-old affiliate player from Swift Current joins the Terriers for the rest of the year, after his season wrapped up with the Swift Current Legionnaires of the SMAAAHL. The younger brother of former Terrier goaltender Jacob Herman, Carter is a big bodied defender who has an offensive side to his game. While a little nervous in his first start in a Terriers uniform, Herman tallied his first assist in the SJHL against the Red Wings. As with anyone moving up a level in hockey, there will be an adjustment for Herman, as seen at times over the weekend against Weyburn and Nipawin. However, he did show flashes of his potential as a smooth skating defenceman with an ability to funnel shots towards the opposition’s net. If he doesn’t make it onto the Regina Pats roster next season, he will become a valuable addition to the back end in Yorkton.
Tale of the Tape
Yorkton Terriers (26-21-1-6 – 59 points) Weyburn Red Wings (12-38-3-0 – 27 points)
2nd Viterra Division/ T-6th SJHL 4th Viterra Division/ 12th SJHL
Powerplay: 24/191 – 12.6% (9th SJHL) Powerplay: 28/228 – 12.3% (10th SJHL)
Penalty Kill: 204/235 – 86.8% (3rd SJHL) Penalty Kill: 194/243 – 79.8% (7th SJHL)
Last Ten: 6-2-0-2 Streak: 4-0-0-0 Last Ten: 2-8-0-0 Streak: 0-7-0-0
Stats Leaders For Yorkton:
Goals: Gervais (21)
Assists: Norum (27)
Points: Gervais & Norum (40)
PIM: Norum (94)
Goalie: DePape 19-14-0-5, 2.28, 0.918%, 4 SO