The Yorkton Hyundai Terriers were on the road for three games last week, managing only one win.
The lone victory against two losses leaves the Terriers with a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League record of 19-14-1 for 39 points, tops in the Viterra Division, 13 points up on Melville with 26 points, and 14 better than both Estevan and Weyburn with 25 points apiece.
The Terriers visited the Melfort Mustangs Saturday, blitzing the host side for three unanswered goals in the first period. The markers came from Chantz Petruic, Jordan Guiney and Alex Zawatsky.
A powerplay effort by Petruic in the second period made it 4-0 before the Mustangs got on the scoresheet with a powerplay marker of their own from Tyson Myers, sending the teams to the dressing rooms after 40-minutes with Yorkton up 4-1.
Myers cut into the Terrier lead with another powerplay goal, this one 1:01 into the third.
But a goal by Kaeden Taphorn 35-sconds later re-established a three-goal lead for the Terriers.
Ryan MacLean would reply 1:12 later to make it 5-3 but that would be it as Yorkton secured the victory.
Ryan Ouellette was the winning netminder facing 41-shots, while Tanner Martin took the loss facing only 19-shots according to the online scoresheet.
Versus the Hawks
Yorkton rolled into Nipawin Friday, where the host Hawks took the lead with the only goal of the opening period, an effort by Zach Cox.
Cox was back to score at 4:38 of the second period to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
Kaeden Taphorn cut the lead in half with a powerplay marker at 6:38.
However, that would be the only offence the Terriers could muster in the contest.
Jordan Simoneau however would score a powerplay goal for the Hawks in the second, and Carson Erhardt would add one in the third period to round out a 4-1 win for the Hawks.
Ryan Ouellette took the loss in the Terrier net facing 34-shots, while Dalton Diosch was the winning netminder facing 27-shots.
It was a close one against the LaRonge Icewolves, but close doesn’t get you any points in the SJHL standings.
Yorkton started things well, with Kaeden Taphorn scoring 49-seconds into the game on the powerplay.
Petruic made it 2-0 for the Terriers at 14:22.
But an extra man goal by Aaron Greyeyes at 18:06 cut the Yorkton lead in half before the teams headed to the dressing rooms after 20-minutes of play.
Kaeden Taphorn was back for his second of the night with the lone goal of the middle frame.
However, the Terriers’ 3-1 lead would disappear in the third.
Daylon Mannon scored in the powerplay 3:55 to make it a 3-2 game.
At 6:56 Chad Mcilwain tied the game 3-3.
Jake Gudjonson gave the home side its first lead of the contest at 8:29.
Mannon then scored his second of the night to make it 5-3 Icewolves.
Ethan Robson would add a fourth goal for Yorkton but that would be it as LaRonge took a 5-4 win.
Philippe Bond was tagged with the loss in the Yorkton net facing 51-shots, while Liam McGarva earned the win for LaRonge facing 35.