Wednesday 22 August 2012

Yorkton Terriers Preview

GOAL- The off-season trade of 20-year-old Warren Shymko to Swan Valley (and now Kindersley) likely paves the way for second year netminder Kale Thomson to shoulder the load this season, with Dawson MacAuley expected to get a long look from the Medicine Hat Tigers. Thomson was 8-5-1 with a 2.69 GAA, .911% and a shutout as a rookie last season.

DEFENSE- Twins Chase & Brady Norrish, and third year defenseman Devon McMullen will headline a smaller, but incredibly mobile Terrier blue line. The lack of size and sandpaper could be made up for in a hurry with the return of Austin Bourhis. After spending his 17-year-old season in Yorkton, Bourhis played the last two seasons in Prince Albert (WHL). The Raiders released Bourhis, but the Moose Jaw Warriors are giving him a shot in camp.

FORWARD- With Riley Paterson and Ryon Sookro graduating, Zak Majkowski will be the clear-cut #1 centre, with sophomore Curtis Oliver getting more responsibility behind him. The team has no shortage of scoring wingers, including local product Jeremy Johnson, who led the team in goals (23) last season. Tyler Giebel (Saskatoon) and Tayler Thompson (Portland) are taking one more crack at the Western League as 19-year-olds, but if back, both could find themselves as top-10 scorers in the SJHL. Four-year vet Nathan Murray and fellow 20-year-old Brenden Poncelet will provide leadership and give teams problems along the boards.


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