Seven's supposed to be a lucky number, but a loss Saturday night WOULD HAVE given the Melville Millionaires SEVEN straight, and a SEVEN hour bus ride from La Ronge to think about it.
Fortunately, they bounced back from a 7-1 drubbing to La Ronge, and beat a scorching-hot Ice Wolves team 3-2.
Michael Sagen hit double digits in goals, scoring twice to give him 10 on the season, while Lucas Froese scored the winner on an early third period powerplay.
And, after Blake Voth allowed 7 goals on Friday, Coach Jamie Fiesel stuck with him, and the hunch paid off, as Voth stopped 35/37 shots on Saturday.
The Mils return home to face the Notre Dame Hounds on Wednesday.
Curtis Oliver sent the Teddy Bears onto the ice on Teddy Bear Toss night, opening the scoring for the Terriers just over three minutes in, and it also opened the flood gates for goals.
The Terriers built a 5-1 lead in the second period, but the Notre Dame Hounds eventually trimmed the margin to 6-5, before the Terriers added two in the third for an 8-5 win.
Zak Majkowski padded his team lead in points with 2 goals and an assist. Ryon Sookro also scored twice. Kyle McLeod and Riley Paterson both had a goal and an assist, while Tyler Giebel scored for a third straight game (four if you count his goal with Red Deer!).
Brent Struble picked up three assists, while Jeremy Johnson and Kelly Leismeister assisted two each.
Kale Thomson stopped 26/31 shots in his second straight start. Yorkton and Notre Dame meet again Tuesday night in Wilcox (8:00 on GX94).
The Terriers are still one point up on Melville for 3rd place, and they trail 2nd place Estevan by one point. Both the Terriers and Mils have four games in hand on the Bruins, who lost in Flin Flon on Saturday. It'll be five games in hand after Sunday, when the Bruins finish a weekend swing in Nipawin.
While our two SJ teams both picked up wins, our Manitoba teams were so lucky.
The Wayway Wolverines did pick up a point, in a 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Steinbach Pistons.
The Wolverines out-shot the Pistons 42-22, but former Melville Millionaire Zach Rakochy stole one, making 40 saves for Steinbach.
Ashley Howie and Russell Turner scored for the Wolverines.
The Swan Valley Stampeders had a nice streak snapped against the Selkirk Steelers, as they fell 6-4 on home ice.
That's the Stamps' first regulation loss in 6 games, as they were 4-0-1 in their previous five.
T.J. Fairall scored two, while Ryan Wigner notched his 1st of the season, and rookie Jagger Thomas had the other.