The Power Dodge Estevan Bruins came out on the losing side of a small town Saturday night SJHL affair in Canora, as the Yorkton Terriers defeated Estevan 4-2.
With the arena in Yorkton unavailable, the Bruins travelled an extra 30 minutes north to the community of Canora where the town was buzzing to see junior hockey on their home ice.
The Bruins would get the scoring started as a quick snapshot by Jake Heerspink eluded Terriers’ goaltender Ben Laidlaw to give Estevan a 1-0 lead at the 7:45 mark. Jayden Davis assisted on the goal.
But Yorkton would answer back with goals from Chantz Petruic at 12:29 and a powerplay goal from Cole Keenleyside at 18:22 to make it 2-1 after the 1st period.
To start the 2nd period, Jared Legien would be sprung in on a breakaway and beat Bruins goaltender Grant Boldt at the 4:39 mark to give Yorkton a 3-1 lead. Estevan would get many quality chances, including a pair of hit goalposts by TJ Irey and Isaiah Thomas, but we’re unable to score as they trailed by two after 40 minutes.
Yorkton made the Bruins comeback even tougher just 1:13 into the 3rd period as a seeing-eye shot from Tyson Janzen made it 4-1. The Bruins would get a few chances throughout the period but were unable to close the gap. The finally scored with the extra attacker on late as Michael McChesney scored to make it 4-2 with only 47 seconds left in regulation. Irey and Heerspink assisted on the goal.
That would end up as the final score, with the Bruins dropping their first game within their division this season.
Boldt (34/38) gave the Bruins a chance to win with another solid start, but was out-dueled by Ben Laidlaw (39/41) who got the win for Yorkton.
The Bruins went (0/3) on the powerplay, while Yorkton went (1/5).
The two teams will meet in a rematch in Yorkton on Tuesday night at 7:30pm.
The Stands In Canora Were Packed For Saturday Night’s SJHL Game.