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Sleeva shoot-out shot only goal in Terrier win

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Clay Sleeva scores in shoot-out.
YORKTON - Saturday night at the Westland Insurance Arena saw the Nipawin Hawks swoop in to play the Yorkton Terriers

The first period of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League contest did not see either team find an edge as it was a scoreless 20-minutes.

The second period was a carbon copy of the first, again with no scoring.

The third repeated the second as the goaltenders; Kael DePape for Yorkton and Chase Hamm for the Hawks both stopped all the rubber thrown their way.

The scoreless contest headed to the five-minute, three-on-three extra frame and again no one scored, setting up the shoot-out.

Finally, with the first Terrier shot in the shoot-out Clay Sleeva beat Hamm for what would prove the winner, giving the home team a 1-0 won.

DePape earned the shut-out turning away 21 shots, while Hamm was tagged with the loss facing 26.

Terrier head coach Mat Hehr said the team has played well after a lopsided 6-1 loss in Estevan Tuesday.

“I thought we had a good first period (in Estevan),” he said, adding the Terriers then “got away from the game plan ...

“You have to be committed to a game plan for a full 60-minutes.”

The game tonight and the 6-2 win Friday over LaRonge were a much more complete effort, suggested Hehr.

“The last two games I felt we played a full 60-minutes,” he said.

Of course the offence rolled Friday, and sputtered Saturday.

“I kind of had a feeling it was going to be (low scoring),” said Hehr, adding both the Terriers and Hawks are “very good defensive hockey teams.”

But, at least the Terriers scratched out the shoot-out win to take two points, something Hehr said they didn’t manage earlier in the season.

“They’re really digging deep and coming out with the two points,” he said.

Next up for the Terriers is a scheduled road visit to Melfort Friday, then off to Estevan for action Saturday.

The Terriers next home game is Dec. 11, against Melville. The game will feature the ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ with the plush toys going to the Salvation Army’s Christmas toy drive.

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