YORKTON – The Yorkton Terriers played the last two games of their season against the Humboldt Broncos on March 10 and 11, losing 4-7 and 5-7 in back-to-back matches.
The Terriers hosted the Broncos for their Friday night match and visited Humboldt on Saturday.
Karsten Krushka opened up scoring for the Terriers in the Friday night match, putting the team on the board at 5:59 of the first period during a power play effort. The goal was answered by Bronco Ben Kotylak at 9:37, but less than a minute later, at 10:13, Terrier JD Hall put the team back in the lead. It was short lived, as Bronco Maddox Amaral tied the game at 12:30 and team mate Quinn Myles put the Broncos in the lead at 18:09.
Terrier Colton Koran kicked off the second period with a short-handed goal at 3:58. Ethan Zielke responded with a short-handed goal for the Broncos at 11:36 and the team followed up with several more un-answered goals, again from Myles at 12:2 and another from Kotylak at 15:00. It was at this point that Terrier goalie Tysen Smith was replaced with Caleb Allen. Amaral closed out the third period for the Broncos with his second goal of the night at 19:40.
The lone goal of the third period came from Terrier JD Hall late in the period at 16:36.
Tysen Smith was netminder for the Terriers for the first 35 minutes of play, blocking 20 of the 26 shots faced.
Caleb Allen was in net for the ramining 25 minutes of the match, facing 25 shots and blocking 24.
Benjamin Motew was in net for the win, saving 24 shots.
It was again Terrier Karsten Kruska who opened up the scoring for the Terriers in Saturday night's match, putting the team on the board at 4:06 of the first period. Midway through the period, at 10:51, Bronco Teigan Semchysyn made use of a power play effort. The goal was followed up by Bronco Samuel Marburg hitting the target at 11:34 and another successful power play effort by the Broncos at 15:45, coming off the stick of Jace Benvie. Bronco Timothy Kim added to the lead at 17:08 and Terrier Greg Nelson managed one for the struggling team at 18:18.
The Terriers opened up scoring in the second period at 7:46 with a goal coming from Tyson Perkins assisted by Dylan Ruptash and Brett Butz. The Broncos' Matthew Van Blaricom reclaimed the team's two-goal lead at 10:06 during another power play effort and Bronco Ben Kotylak hit the target at 19:00 to close out the period.
Despite several power play efforts from the Broncos in the first half of the third period, Terrier Dylan Ruptash was the first to score in the third, hitting the target at 13:47. Kotylak re-enforced the Broncos lead at 14:13 during another successful power play effort and the Terriers Cohner Saleski scored the teams final goal of the season at 14:24.
Caleb Allen was in net for the Terriers and faced 51 shots, saving 44.
Jared Picklyk was in net for the win, facing 47 shots and saving 42.