The Yorkton Terriers got out to an early lead and then had to come from behind to beat the host Nanaimo Clippers 4-3 in their opener of the Western Canada Cup.
Jeremy Johnson would open the scoring for the Terriers in the first period finishing off a nice passing play to give the Terriers a 1-0 lead. But just a few minutes later, former PG Cougar and 4 year WHL vet Greg Fraser would even up the hockey game at 1-1. But the Terriers would then regain their 1 goal lead as Taylor Thompson would get his 1st goal of the tournament to make it a 2-1 Terriers advantage. Matt Grant thought would tie it up this time at 2 with his 1st to make it all square after 1 period.
There would be back and forth chances in the 2nd period but the lone goal would go to the Clippers as Colton Dahlen's wrist shot from the point would beat a screened Dawson McAuley to give Nanaimo a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.
In the final frame was the best period for the Terriers in the game as they would get 2 goals as first it would be Jeremy Johnson getting his 2nd of the night after capitalizing on a Nanaimo turnover to make it 3-all. Then just a few minutes later, the Terriers would get the winner from a familiar force as captain Devon McMullen would get the winner to give the Terriers a 4-3 victory.
Terriers goalie Dawson McAuley stopped 39 shots for the victory while Clippers' goalie Derek Dun stopped 31 shots but was tagged with the loss.
The Terriers will go right back at on Sunday against the Steinbach Pistons. 2:50/3:00PM Sask time on GX94 or listen live at gx94radio.com
Integra Tire 3 Stars:
1) Jeremy Johnson - 2 Goals
2) Dawson McAuley - 39 Saves for W
3) Taylor Thompson - 1G 1A
Jeremy Johnson Post Game
HC Trent Cassan Post Game