It took some fancy figuring to determining who would lay claim to the Park’s Cup for the 2018-19 SJHL season.
The Cup, first presented in 1986, goes to the winner of the head-to-head match-up between Highway #10 rivals Yorkton and Melville.
But this year the two Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League teams split the season with five wins apiece,
That sent the teams to the numbers to determine a winner, looking at goals for and against over the 10 games.
The Terriers ended up plus-10 when the numbers were crunched, putting the Cup back in the hands of the Terriers, after Melville claiming the trophy for 2017-18.
The latest win by the Terriers builds on a decided edge Yorkton holds in terms of the long-running Cup challenge, having won in 23 years, compared to only nine by Melville.
The trophy was officially handed back to Yorkton today (Thursday), as Melville Mayor Walter Streelasky presented the Cup to Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney at a gathering at Park's Jewellery with Shirley Lamb on-hand to help with the transfer.
“It’s a special trophy,”said Streelasky, adding the annual competition “is good for hockey.”
Streelasky said the Park’s Cup builds “on the very good sports relationship we have.”
Maloney echoed the idea of the trophy fostering and already competitive situation between the two teams.
“It helps put fans in the building and supports junior hockey,” he said.
Gary Lamb said the idea for the trophy was his brother’s Guy, who thought it was a good idea to provide something that would feed the long-standing rivalry between the two clubs in a positive way.