The Yorkton Hyundai Terriers continue to be a thorn in the side of the Battlefords North Stars.
The Stars might sport the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s best record at 22-2 but the two losses have come courtesy the Terriers, including their match-up tonight at the North Battlefords Civic Centre.
The teams traded first period markers Timon Prexler at 1:49 for the home team with Chantz Petruic getting the equalizer for Yorkton at 12:47.
The North Stars struck first in the second period on a goal by Quinton Loon-Stewardson.
But, then Petruic took over, scoring the equalizer at 18:36, an unassisted effort, and then 33-seconds later potting the go-ahead goal to complete a natural hat trick.
In the third Petruic scored at the 30-second mark to give Yorkton a 4-2 lead. It was Petruic’s 28th of the season.
A powerplay effort by Kaden Boser at 10:18 and a short-handed goal by Loon-Stewardson at 16:34 knotted the contest 4-4.
Then Petruic took over again, this time drawing an assist on a powerplay goal by Steven Norum, the picking up another helper for his sixth point of the game on an empty-net goal by Jordan Guiney.
Terrier head coach Mat Hehr said Petruic “has been playing unbelievable,” then added “his linemates should get a lot of credit too.”
Ryan Ouellette was the winning netminder for Yorkton facing 33-shots in the Yorkton net.
Parker Rey started in goal for Battlefords, with Adam Dmyterko coming in in relief in the loss.
The win leaves the Terriers with a 2-0-1 record against Battlefords who are rtaed tops in the country at the Junior ‘A’ level.
“There’s really not a big secret, the guys just get up to play them,” said Hehr, adding it was the Stars who eliminated the Terriers in the playoffs last season, and that in itself is motivation.
“And, we commit to defence against them.”
It helps too that the Terriers have made good use of their chances.
“When we’ve gotten chances we’ve been putting them in,” offered Hehr.
Yorkton’s record is now at 14-10-1 for 29 points, best in the SJHL Viterra Deivision, 11-points better than Melville and 12 up on both Estevan and Weyburn.