The Terriers struck first just 6:25 into the hockey game as Chantz Petruic (pictured above) would beat Hunter Arps for his 15th goal of the season to make it 1-0. The Mustangs would respond just 1:31 later as SJHL leading goal scorer Justin Ball would go post and in by Ryan Ouellette for his 27th goal of the year to tie it up at 1-1. But before the 1st period would expire it would be the Terriers regaining their one goal lead as Cody Bruchkowski would take a long stretch pass from linemate Chantz Petruic and he would beat Hunter Arps over the left shoulder for his 12th to make it 2-1 Yorkton after 1 period.
The Yorkton Terriers snapped a 9 game losing streak at the Northern Lights Palace on Friday night defeating the hometown Melfort Mustangs 5-2.
The loss also snapped the Mustangs league-high 10 game winning streak.
In the 2nd, the Terriers would get their first two goal lead of the night, as Cody Bruchkowski would take a nice feed in the slot and once again go top shelf for his 2nd goal of the night and 13th of the season to give the visitors a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Yorkton would start the 3rd with a bang and put the game out of reach scoring 2 goals in the first 80 seconds as first just 30 seconds in, Kurri Woodford would wrist home his 2nd, to make it 4-1 then just 32 ticks later, it would be Branden Klatt once again going high blocker on the Mustangs goaltender for his 16th that game the Terriers a 5-1 lead early in the 3rd. The Mustangs would get one in the final minute from Braeden Young, but it was a little too late.
Terriers netminder Ryan Ouellette earned his 7th victory of the season making 30 saves while Hunter Arps suffered the loss stopping 21 shots. Shawn Parkinson came in, in relief of Arps and made 11 saves on 11 shots.
The Terriers get the day off on Saturday before travelling to Humboldt on Sunday afternoon to tangle with the Broncos. Puck drop will be at 3PM. The Mustangs’ are back in action on Saturday night when they host the Estevan Bruins.
Elsewhere in the SJHL,
John Elliot scored and Colby Entz made 23 saves in goal but it wasn’t enough as the Melville Millionaires fell on home ice, 2-1 to the Nipawin Hawks.
It was the first game for the Mils under newly named interim Head Coach/GM Kyle Adams who took over for Devin Windle who was relieved of his duties with hockey club on Thursday.
Austen Flaman and Carson Erhardt scored for the Hawks in the in while Declan Hobbs turned aside 15 of 16 shots to get the W.
The Mils’ next game will be on Friday night when they host the Melfort Mustangs from the Horizon Credit Union Center. while the Hawks return back to home ice on Saturday hosting the Weyburn Red Wings.
Other SJHL scores:
Flin Flon 1 Estevan 0
Weyburn 1 La Ronge 0
Notre Dame 1 Battlefords 5
In the MJHL,
The Swan Valley Stampeders’ third period lead came up short as they dropped they 2nd straight, 3-2 on the road against the Selkirk Steelers.
Brian Harris and Josh Tripp pulled the Stamps within one with 3rd period goals while Merek Pipes stopped 26 shots in the loss.
Carter Barley, Nolan Ferguson and Ryan Piwniuk scored for Selkirk who got a 30 save victory in goal from Zach Bennett.
The Stamps continue their weekend road-trip on Saturday in the Manitoba capital against the Winnipeg Blues at 7PM while the Steelers’ next game will be on Tuesday night in Virden.
Meanwhile in Steinbach,
The hometown Pistons used a 3 goal seocond period en route to a 5-2 victory over the visiting the Waywayseecappo Wolverines.
Steinbach used 5 different goal scorers to lead them victoriously while Matt Radomsky got the win making 34 stops.
Jake Bestul and Bryce Krauter replied with the Wolverines’ goals.
The Wolverines wrap up their weekend road trip on Saturday in Portage against the Terriers.
Other Friday MJHL score:
Virden 3 Dauphin 2 (SO)