The Yorkton Terriers dropped their final road game of 2014 as they fell 4-2 to the league's best team the Melfort Mustangs at Northern Lights Palace in Melfort on Wednesday night.
It wasn't the most ideal start for the Terriers as just 42 seconds into the opening period, the teddy bear toss would be scored as Mustangs captain David Heath would hammer one by Matt Kustra (pictured above) for his 3rd goal of the season make it an early 1-0 game. Then just 6:24 later, the Mustangs would add to their lead as the league's leading scorer would add his 21st goal of the season to give Melfort Mustangs a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
That lead would stay intact until the late stages of the 2nd period when Kailum Gervais would deflect home his 4th of the year on the powerplay to pull the Terriers within 1, at 2-1 after 2 periods.
The Terriers would come out strong in the 3rd and they would generate a lot of chances to try and get that equalizer which would finally come just over the mid way point of the period when Brandon Sookro would take a nice feed in front from Adam Santoro and direct home his team leading 14th goal of the season to tie things up at 2-2. The Terriers would continue with the pressure that they had all period, but Mustangs' goalie Zack Degraves played his best down the stretch and the Terriers couldn't break through. Then with just 4:40 left Cole Hrysky would take a nice feed across and hammer home his 12th of the season, which was the eventually game winner, while Mayan would add the final dagger an empty netter with just over a minute remaing.
Zack DeGraves turned aside 28 shots for his 7th win of the season while Matt Kustra put together another solid start making 33 saves in the loss.
The Terriers will look to go into the break on a high with a win on Friday night when they host the Notre Dame Hounds.
In the MJHL,
The Swan Valley Stampeders made a statement in their final home game of the 2014 calendar year as BJ Avery had the natural hat trick to lead the Stamps over Selkirk 4-0.
Gavin Froese had the lone other SV goal while Graham Hunt made 25 saves for the shutout.
The Stamps will play their final game before Xmas on Saturday visiting Neepawa.