The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins led in the final minute of the 3rd period for the third straight game against the Yorkton Terriers. Only this time, the black-and-gold were able to slam the door and hold on for a crucial 4-2 victory over the division-leading Terriers on Tuesday night.
The Bruins would open the scoring just 3:56 into the 1st period as Jack Michell snuck a shot past Yorkton goaltender Riley Lamb to give the home team a 1-0 lead with his 3rd goal of the year. Eddie Gallagher would draw the lone assist on the play.
However less than two minutes later the Terriers would tie up the game as Branden Klatt beat Grant Boldt to make it 1-1 at the 5:17 mark.
It would remain tied entering the 2nd period until Yorkton took the lead just 3:04 into the frame as Chantz Petruic put the Terriers up 2-1. The back-and-forth game would continue as Jayden Davis capitalized on a turnover at the blueline and sniped his 8th goal of the season to tie it back up at 2-2 at the 10:45 mark.
Again it stayed tied until the following period when the Bruins would retake the lead. At the 5:46 mark, Turner Ripplinger scored his 18th of the season for the go-ahead goal making it 3-2. Assisting on the play were Tristyn Deroose and Will Koop, as Koop returned to the lineup more than two months after suffering an injury against Kindersley on November 3rd.
The Terriers pushed hard for the equalizer, eventually pulling their goalie when the Bruins took a late penalty creating a 6-on-4 situation in the final minute. Yorkton got a couple quality shots on net, which were stopped by Boldt and cleared from danger. Then in the dying seconds, Ripplinger blocked a shot from the point, tracked the puck down and scored into the empty net to seal a 4-2 victory for the Bruins.
Grant Boldt earned the win stopping (24/26) Yorkton shots on the night. Riley Lamb (27/30) was tagged with the loss for the Terriers.
Both teams went (0/2) on the powerplay in a game that saw plenty of hard, clean play and a playoff-like intensity.
On a cold, windy and snowy evening in the southeast, 796 fans were in attendance at Affinity Place. The Certified Energy Services 50/50 jackpot finished off at $2,700.
Next action for the Bruins is a weekend home-and-home series against the Notre Dame Hounds. The Bruins travel to Wilcox on Friday night at 7:30pm and the two teams return to Estevan on Saturday night at 7:30pm.
Turner Ripplinger (2G) Celebrates After Sealing A 4-2 Victory For The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins On Tuesday Night. (Photo: Durr Photography)