The Yorkton Terriers are on another streak, but this time it’s on the wrong side of the ledger losing three in-a-row.
And along the way the Terriers allowed 14 goals.
In spite of the losses the Terriers remain atop the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Viterra Division with 43-points, based on a record of 19-7-2-3. Humboldt tops both the Kramer Division and the league with 45-points.
Melville remains second in the Viterra but have closed the gap with 42, followed by Estevan with 32 and Weyburn at 25.
The Terriers were in Estevan Dec. 10.
Austin Daae and Austin Roesslein scored in the first period for the Bruins, while Midget call-up Corwin Stevely notched his first Junior goal for the Terriers.
The one goal lead for the home team would hold the rest of the game, as the teams traded goals the rest of the way.
Jason Duret scored mid way through the second for Estevan, with Dalton Menke responding for the Terriers at 19:17 of the frame.
In the third Tanner Froese scored a powerplay goal to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead, before Tayler Thompson added a final marker for the Terriers.
Kale Thomson took the loss in the Terrier nets facing 24-shots, with Matt Gibney earning the win facing 35.
The two teams hooked up again Friday in Yorkton.
Brett Boehm started the scoring getting the lone goal of the first period, notching his first as a Terrier after coming over in a trade with Flin Flon with Menke and future considerations going to the Bombers.
While the team lost, Boehm said it “feels good” to be a Terrier. “I’m glad to be here.”
Boehm said he is aware he was acquired by the Terriers for a reason.
“I was brought in to bring a bit of offence to the team,” he said, adding that tends to be his strength so he sees the move as being “a good fit.”
Terrier head coach Trent Cassan said he expects Boehm to be a good addition to the team.
“He’s a very dynamic player. He’s good with the puck,” he said, adding his puck skill makes him an offensive threat.
Cassan said it was not easy to trade Menke, the third member of the family to wear the Terrier jersey, the others being Jordan and Justin, but the team needed to bolster their offence. He said the team has played half a season, most of it without Tyler Giebel hampered by injury.
“He’s (Giebel) a top-six forward on any team in the league,” said Cassan.
Without Giebel in the line up, Cassan said they had expected a bit more offence from some veterans, but they “haven’t produced as much as we thought.”
So the trade was made.
“Making a trade is not an easy thing to do these days,” said Cassan, adding while you make a move to improve “you have to give up quality to get quality.”
In Menke the Terriers gave up a young player who Cassan said “had really kind of turned the corner” in adjusting to Junior hockey, but Boehm provides more offence now.
On a line with Tayler Thompson, the league’s top assist man, Boehm should have chances to score.
“You can already see the chemistry we’re going to have tonight,” offered Boehm.
As for settling in with the Terriers, it will help that Boehm was a teammate with Brady and Chase Norrish in Beardy’s as a AAA Midget. He said having some familiar faces in the dressing room is always a good thing.
Kailum Gervais made it 2-0 for the Terriers with a goal mid way through the second.
Wyatt Garagan put the Bruins on the board 14:59 into the second.
Ben Johnstone tied the game 2-2 at the 5:14 into the third, only to have Derek Falloon restore a one-goal Terrier lead at 7:02.
But the Bruins would tie it once more with Johnstone recording his second of the night at 18:48 of the third.
The tieing goal would force overtime, where Froese would record the winner for the Bruins at 2:46 of the five-minute, four-on-four extra frame.
Thomson took the loss in the Terrier net facing 23-shots, while Gibney had the win facing 38.
Cassan was clearly not pleased by his team’s effort in the game.
“We can’t lose sight of what we are,” he said.
Cassan said the Terriers had some shots that “looked nice”, but added “they didn’t find their way to the back of the net.”
The Terrier coach said the team is not about fancy goals, but one which must work hard, go to the net, and create havoc and chances in close.
“We lost sight of what we are. We lost focus,” reiterated Cassan.
The Terrier coach said players must recognize their strengths and play to those. “It’s what they are as players and what they have to be as players.”
Cassan said for the first half of the home ice loss the Terriers did what they had to do, although they couldn’t get an extra goal to give themselves a bit of separation from the Bruins.
“We just didn’t have the urgency to put a team away,” he said.
Saturday the Terriers were in Wilcox to face the Notre Dame Hounds, hitting the ice short-handed with Josh Ellis and Daylan Gatke joining the injured list.
Still, the Terriers struck first with Cortlan Proctor scoring a short-handed goal 3:15 into the game.
Sam Aulie tied the game for the Hounds on the powerplay at 4:45.
Brayden Schmidt and Dylan Baer added Terrier goals in the second, while Jon Paris and Ian Williams scored for the Hounds.
In the third it was all Hounds as Ram Brar and Aulie with his second of the game scored in the first half of the period,. Dylan McIntosh added an empty-netter late to finish a 6-3 win.
Riley Medves allowed five goals in the loss in the Terrier net facing 26-shots, while Brett Soles faced 34 for the Notre Dame win.
The Terriers next action will be after the league’s Christmas break.
Monday, Dec. 30, the Terriers will be in Melville for action, with the Millionaires back at the Farrell Agencies Arena Jan. 1 for a 2:30 start time.