Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Bruins Drop 4-3 Shootout To Yorkton Entering Christmas Break

The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins will enter the Christmas break six points behind the Yorkton Terriers in the Viterra Division following a 4-3 shootout defeat at Affinity Place on Tuesday night.

The Bruins got on the board first as Johnny Witzke wired his 10th of the season past Yorkton’s Ryan Ouellette to make it 1-0 just 2:30 into the 1st period. Kolton Leslie and Tristyn Deroose assisted on the goal.

Yorkton would even the score at the 6:27 mark as Jared Legien made it 1-1. However just over a minute later, the Terriers were called for a player covering the puck in the crease. The Bruins were awarded a penalty shot with defenceman Devan Harrison getting the call and scoring his second goal in as many games to make it 2-1 at the 7:39 mark.

It would remain 2-1 entering the 2nd period when the Bruins would extend their lead. At 6:56, Bryce Platt walked in and sniped his 12th of the season to make it 3-1 for the home team. Michael McChesney and Turner Ripplinger assisted on the goal.

The Terriers would tie it up before intermission however, as Legien’s second of the game at 15:01 made it 3-2 Estevan after two periods of play.

The Bruins would not be able to extend their lead in the 3rd period and with less than five minutes remaining, Yorkton’s Aiden Bulych beat Grant Boldt with a shot to make it 3-3 at 15:51. No one would score the go-ahead goal and the game would go to overtime for the second straight game between the two clubs.

Chances were limited in overtime with no team scoring so the game would go to a shootout.

In round one, Bryce Platt was stopped for Estevan while Legien scored for Yorkton. Both Turner Ripplinger and Chantz Petruic were stopped in round two. In round three, Michael McChesney was stopped by Ouellette and Yorkton skated away with a 4-3 win.

Boldt (25/28) was solid in between the pipes yet again for Estevan, while Ouellette (27/30) earned the win for Yorkton.

Estevan was shutout on the powerplay (0/4), while Yorkton went (1/5).

A terrific crowd of 1,307 were in attendance at Affinity Place for the final game before Christmas, with the Certified Energy 50/50 take home prize totalling $1,960.

The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins enter the Christmas break with a record of (16-18-2-1) and 35 points after playing 37 games. They will resume the home stretch of their schedule with the annual New Years home-and-home against the Weyburn Red Wings on Sunday, December 30th at 2:00pm at Affinity Place.

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