YORKTON – The Estevan Bruins are heading to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League final.
Estevan trounced the Yorkton Terriers 7-2 Thursday night in Yorkton to sweep the best-of-seven SJHL semifinal series in four games.
The Bruins will be in the league final for the first time since 2018, and are seeking their first SJHL championship since 1999.
Keagon Little opened the scoring 3:20 into the first period of Game 4. Eric Pearce doubled the advantage during a Bruins’ 5-on-3 power play less than two minutes later, and Olivier Pouliot scored at the 8:06 mark of the opening frame for a 3-0 margin.
Mikol Sartor notched the Bruins’ fourth goal with 3:36 to play in the first period.
Yorkton had a two-man advantage of their own for 29 seconds late in the first period.
Caelan Fitzpatrick and Aleksa Babic scored for the Bruins in the second period. The league listed Billy Sowa as the scorer for Estevan's fifth goal, but Fitzpatrick had the goal.
Terriers' captain Kishaun Gervais put his team on the board with less than nine minutes to play in the third period, but just over a minute later, Bruins' captain Eric Houk replied for Estevan.
Colby Vranai finished the scoring for Yorkton with 22 seconds to play in the game.
Boston Bilous has stopped all 30 shots he faced for Estevan. Cam Hrdlicka came in midway through the period and allowed two goals on four shots. Kael DePape made 10 saves on 15 shots for Yorkton and was replaced by Tresor Wotton, who made 16 saves on 18 shots.
The Bruins will face either the Humboldt Broncos or the Flin Flon Bombers in the league final. Flin Flon leads the series 2-0.