YORKTON - Yorkton Terrier head coach Mat Hehr says the team has looked solid through preseason.
The Yorkton Terriers wrapped up their preseason with a pair of wins on the weekend, evening their record at 4-4.
The Terriers scored 24 goals in their eight preseason contests and allowed only 13.
“We’ve been really happy,” Hehr said Friday, noting they had won their last two, and then had the big weekend on top of things.
While noting preseason games don’t count for points, winning them builds a team up.
“It gives guys confidence as we go forward,” said Hehr.
In terms of the team moving toward the regular season Hehr said he likes what he is seeing from his forwards.
“We’re very deep at forward. We’ve still got some very tough decisions to make,” he said, adding the team is likely to start the regular season with 25 players on the roster.
After some bad off season news that had goaltender Kael DePape announce he was headed south to play, goaltending was a big issue headed to camp.
Hehr said he thinks they have found the answer in Colorado netminder Caleb Allen.
In 2.5 games in the preseason Allen allowed six goals on 58 shots.
“He should play a high percentage of games for us as an 18-year old,” said Hehr. “The guys are very confident with him in net.”
On defence, the Terriers are young, there are no 20-year-olds, but Hehr likes the group too, although adding a veteran may be a move as the season gets under way.
The Terriers now have a few days to prepare for the regular season which starts in Estevan Friday, with the Bruins back here for action Saturday starting at 7 p.m.
Hehr said a key will be getting some early season wins, something the Terriers have struggled to do in recent years. In that regard he said the team needs to find some consistency early.