Terriers get veteran goaltender back

The Yorkton Hyundai Terriers received some good news this week with the arrival of goaltender Ryan Ouellette.

Ouellette had an outstanding playoff run with the Terriers last spring before heading south to explore opportunities in the United States.

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Terrier head coach Mat Hehr said the team Ouellette was with suddenly had a netminder who had signed to play Division I college hockey down the road, so the former Terrier was bumped.

 “The situation is unfortunate for Ryan, but is good for us,” said Hehr.

Hehr said at times hockey can be a rough place for players who get bumped, but in Ouellette’s case “he knew he had a place to play if he wanted to come back to Canada.”

The arrival of Ouellette Saturday gives the Terriers a proven SJHL star.

In the 2018-19 regular season Ouellette was 17-13 with a 3.72 goals against average. Then in the playoffs he got stingier with a 2.91 GAA in 14 games going 6-7.

He arrival leaves Yorkton with three netminders; Philippe Bond and Cooper Kennedy the others.

That will change shorty, said Hehr.

“We don’t want to carry three goalies for too long,” he said, adding he’ll be looking to make a trade, noting both players can play the position at the Junior level.

“The most important thing is to get these guys into a good spot,” he said, adding a move will certainly be made before Dec. 1.

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