Thursday, December 8, 2011


For 40 minutes, it looked like the Yorkton Terriers would become the first Sherwood Conference team to beat the Battlefords North Stars in regulation since Kindersley did it on opening night (Sep/16), but the Stars erased a 3-1 deficit and won 4-3 in overtime, running their winning streak to 12 games.

The Terriers got first period goals from Tyler Giebel (3) and Brent Struble (10) and took a 2-1 lead into the room. Tayler Thompson (4) scored on an early second period powerplay and it stayed 3-1 after 40.

The Terriers appeared to pull back in the third, while the North Stars kept coming. Former Millionaire Roger Tagonna cut it to 3-2, and Boyd Wakelin tied it with 7:50 to play.

Yorkton had a late regulation powerplay, and one in overtime, when Nathan Murray drew a slashing call on a breakaway.

On that powerplay, Blake Tatchell stole a bouncing puck at the North Stars' line, and would score on a short-handed breakaway, his 2nd of the game, and his SJHL-leading 31st goal and 60th point of the season.

The hardest part about the Terriers losing by a goal, is that they scored twice on a first period powerplay, but early whistles took both off the board. The first one was iffy, and the second one wasn't close. Connor Creech made a blocker save (tough to freeze the puck with your blocker), and the whistle was blown immediately, with the puck no less than 3 feet from Creech. The Terriers (Majkowski I think) put the rebound home, but not before referee Jarett Gelowitz (from the far corner instead of at the post) blew the play down.

All in all, 3 points on a tough two night swing, but they had a chance for 4, and to end the Stars streak. A better third period, and the disallowed goal's not a factor.

Now to see if I can get some shuteye. Usually get little if any on the bus.

Ochapowace @ Fort Knox is on the air Friday. 8:00 puck drop in Fort Qu'Appelle.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Craig....didn't they have a quick whistle in Yorkton as well that prevented them from tieing the game at one against Battleford. I know...don't blame the referee's, but that's strange that its happened 3 times in 2 games against the same team.