If there’s one team that brings out the best in the Yorkton Terriers, it’s the Melville Millionaires, as the strong Highway 10 rivalry always brings out exciting hockey for everyone. Of course, the reverse is true as well, as the Millionaires also bring their A-game when confronted with their rivals down the road.
This weekend was proof, as both teams set about disappointing their opponents’ home-town fans to get a win while away.
The Terriers were first, in Melville on Nov. 20, and came out strong out of the gate. Kishaun Gervais was the first on the board, assisted by Gavin Ingram and Tanner Sklaruk. Then Brett Kemp decided to increase the lead, with two goals, the first assisted by Jackson Berezowski and Colby Vranai, the second by Berezowski and Vaughn Wilgosh.
At the start of the second Melville started to get closer, opening the period with a goal from Jaydon Dureau, assisted by Reece Newkirk.Yorkton brought their lead back to three with a power play goal from Steven Norum, assisted by Kaeden Taphorn and Carson Henry.
Melville matched it with a power play goal of their own from Zach McIntyre, assisted by Luke Nkwama and Reece Newkirk. Dylan Wells ended the period with an unassisted goal, bringing Melville to within one.
The third period saw Melville continuing to fight back, and Cole Stevenson tied it up with help from Christian Adlys and Jake Spak.
Carson Miller ended the scoring for the Terriers with a power play goal, assisted by Keenan Taphorn and Brett Kemp. The final score was 5-4 for the Terriers.
Philippe Bond was tagged with the win for the Terriers, and Kaleb McEachern was tagged with the loss.
The following day saw the Millionaires travelling to Yorkton, with a bit of revenge on their mind. They came out of the gate strong, with Jaydon Dureau assisted by Aiden Robson kicking off the scoring.
Yorkton, however, wasn’t going to make it easy for them either. The Taphorn twins put the Terriers on the board first, with Keenan getting the goal and Kaeden getting the assist. Kishaun Gervais put the terriers in the lead with a power play goal, assisted by Brett Kemp and Eric Van Impe.
The Millionaires tied up the game with a goal from Luke Nkwama assisted by Noah Wills and Landon Kosior. They ended the period by pulling into the lead, with Landon Kosior’s first goal of the season, assisted by Luke Nkwama.
The second period saw Melville pull ahead further, with a power play goal from Jaydon Dureau assisted by Zach McIntyre and MacKenzie Walkington.
Yorkton opened the third period with a power play goal of their own, with Carson Henry’s first goal of the season, assisted by the Taphorns.
But they couldn’t get closer, and Melville twisted the knife with a late-period goal from Reece Newkirk assisted by Zach Cain and Jaydon Dureau.
Bryan Thomson was tagged with the win for Melville, and Nolan Maier got the loss for Yorkton.
Next action for the Terriers will be in Yorkton on Nov. 27 when the Weyburn Red Wings come to town.