The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins have won four straight games and, for the moment, sit atop the Viterra Division after an impressive 4-1 victory over the visiting Yorkton Terriers on Tuesday night.
In the second meeting of the season between the two teams, but the first since September 18th, an offensive shootout was expected with two of the top scoring teams in the SJHL. However, solid goatending at both ends of the rink kept the score down for the majority of the game.
Michael McChesney would open the scoring with the lone goal of the first period at the 13:38 mark to make it 1-0. Jayden Davis and Turner Ripplinger assisted on the goal. Jake Anthony, making his first start at home since October 13th, stonewalled the Terriers high-flying offence despite facing 16 shots in the period.
TJ Irey would extend the Bruins lead to 2-0 just 1:23 into the 2nd period, with Isaiah Thomas and Jake Heerspink adding the helpers. Yorkton cut into the lead before the end of the period however, as Mason Mullaney deflected a cross-ice pass into the net at 15:55 to make it 2-1 after 40 minutes.
The Bruins would earn a little breathing room with two quick goals midway through the 3rd period. First, Bryce Platt would score in his fifth straight home game to make it 3-1 at the 7:46 mark. A nice pass from Thomas set up the play, with Heerspink also adding an assist.
Just 50 seconds later at 8:36, Davis sped down the wing off a defensive zone faceoff creating a 2-on-1. Davis sauced a perfect pass over to Ripplinger for the tap in and a 4-1 Bruins lead.
Anthony held the fort the rest of the way for Estevan, never allowing Yorkton to get back into the game leading to the final score of 4-1.
Anthony was named the game’s first star, making 42 saves in earning his 5th win of the year. Yorkton’s goaltender, Ryan Ouellette, made 41 saves in the defeat.
Bruins defenceman Aigne McGeady-Bruce dropped the gloves with Yorkton’s Branden Klatt in the 2nd period. Both powerplay’s were shut down on the night, with Estevan going (0/6) and Yorkton going (0/3).
Attendance on a windy, snowy day in Estevan tallied 795 people. The Certified Energy 50/50 jackpot totalled $2,860.
The Bruins (11-10) now get ready to embark on a three game-three night road trip on Remembrance Day weekend.
Friday – @ Battlefords North Stars – 7:30pm
Saturday – @ Kindersley Klippers – 7:30pm
Sunday – @ Humboldt Broncos – 3:30pm
Jake Anthony Stopped 42 of 44 Shots Against Yorkton On Tuesday Night.