Two straight wins and the Yorkton Terriers were back atop the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Viterra Division.
The latest win Friday against LaRonge on Farrell Agencies Arena ice boosted the Terrier season record to 24-19-1-0 for 49 points.
The lone possession of first place was short-lived as a win by Estevan Saturday would again draw the Bruins even with Yorkton atop the Viterra, with weekend play also leaving Melville and Weyburn in a deadlock for third spot each with 34 points.
Friday against the Ice Wolves the Terriers started the scoring with Quinten Hobbs recording the only goal of the first period.
A short-handed effort by Jake Gudjonson 9:29 into the second period knotted the contest 1-1, but it would be a short-lived tie as Mason Mullaney responded with a powerplay marker for Yorkton 16-seconds after the Wolves marker.
But LaRonge would tie the game again, this time with a powerplay marker of their own from Zach Bannister with one-second left on the clock in the middle stanza.
The 2-2 deadlock would last until the 7:12 mark of the third period when Hobbs would score his second of the contest to make it a 3-2 score in favour of the home team.
It would only be 45-seconds later that Colby Brandt would make it 4-2, and then Cody Bruchkowski would put some icing on Yorkton’s cake with an empty-net goal at 17:41 to round out a 5-2 Terrier win.
Andrew Henderson started the game in the Terrier net but left mid-way through the second, being relieved by Ryan Ouellette who recorded the win, allowing one goal.
Brendan Benoit took the loss for LaRonge facing 56-shots.