Thursday 31 March 2016

Yorkton Bantam AA Xerox Terriers kick-off 2016 Western Canada Bantam Hockey Championships this morning!

After completing the 3-peat by winning their 3rd straight Saskatchewan Bantam AA League title, the Yorkton Xerox Terriers will set their sights on the top teams in Western Canada as they begin their 2016 Western Canadian Bantam Championships in Okotoks, Alberta later today.

Terriers will play their first game of the tournament this morning (Thurs)  at 9AM when they take on the host team, the Rocky Mountain Raiders. 

To preview the tournament, I had a chance to catch up with Yorkton Xerox Terriers Head Coach Dan Cross.

Friday 25 March 2016

Chesney resigns from Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)

The Yorkton Terriers regret to announce the resignation of Don Chesney as the team’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing, a position he has held for the last two seasons. 

Don has been an integral part of our team and a great ambassador for the Yorkton Terriers for the past six hockey seasons.

We want to acknowledge Don’s contributions to the SJHL and, in particular, to the Yorkton Terrier organization.

Don’s coaching career in the SJHL spanned twelve years where he coached the Melville Millionaires, Lebret Eagles and Yorkton Terriers. During this time he was twice named the SJHL Coach of the Year. Don coached the Terriers for two seasons from 2002‐2004 before retiring from the coaching ranks.

In the fall of 2010 Don returned to the Yorkton Terriers to serve as the team’s General Manager & Director of Marketing. Under Don’s guidance from 2010‐2014, the Terriers enjoyed a great amount of success on and off the ice. The team captured three division pennants (2011,2013,2014), an SJHL regular season pennant (2014), appeared in three SJHL League finals winning two league championships (2013,2014), a Western Canada Cup Championship (2014) and culminating with the crown jewel of Junior A hockey, an RBC Cup National Championship in 2014.

Don was also inducted into the Yorkton Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

On behalf of the board, staff and all Yorkton Terrier supporters, we want to thank Don for his hard work and dedication to the team and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

For further information, please contact David Baron, President (306)641‐5180. 

Thursday 24 March 2016

Local products named to 2016 WHL All-Star teams


The Western Hockey League announced their Conference All-Star teams yesterday (Wed) and a few local products were named.

Ochapowace’s D Ethan Bear (Seattle Thunderbirds) was named to the Western Conference 1st team Defence. Bear in his 3rd season with the T-Birds and had a career year in 68 regular season game had 19 goals, 45 assists for 64 points.

Bear and Seattle open up their WHL Playoffs tomorrow (Fri) hosting Prince George for Game 1 of their Quarter-Final.

Meanwhile named to the Eastern Conference 2nd team, defenceman & Elkhorn MB product Travis Sanheim (Calgary Hitmen)  & 19 year old Brandon Wheat King forward Jayce Hawryluk from Roblin, MB.

Hawryluk, during the regular season had 47 goals, 59 assists for 106 points in 58 games. The Wheaties open up their postseason tonight (Thursday) when they host the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings.

Sanheim, the Philadelphia Flyer 1st round pick completed his 4th WHL regular season with 15 goals and 68 points.

Sanheim and the Hitmen kick off their WHL Quarter-finals on Friday night visiting the 2016 Memorial Cup hosts, the Red Deer Rebels

Tuesday 22 March 2016

2015/16 Yorkton Terriers Year-End Award Winners

Three Star Award: 1st- Regan Seiferling
                                 2nd- Brandon Sookro
                                 3rd- Corwin Stevely

Scholastic Award: Carson Welke

Dedicated & Serves Community (Ed Ruf Memorial): Kaium Gervais

Mr. Personality (Jamie Standish Award): Kevin Wolf

Chaplains Award: Paul Savage

Most Gentlemanly: Devin Gerwing

Unsung Hero (Park's Jewelry): Tyler Baier

Most Popular (Amos Border Memorial): Kailum Gervais  

Mr. Hustle (Yorkton Co-op): Jordan McCausland

Rookie of the Year (Doc's Cup): Carson & McKenzie Welke

Most Improved (Schoenroths & Wolfe Memorial): Matt Kustra

Top Regular Season Scorer, Playoff Top Scorer & Playoff MVP: McKenzie Welke

Coaches Award (Josh Campbell Memorial Trophy): Kailun Gervais

Most Valuable Defenceman: Regan Seiferling

Mosr Valuable Player (Guy Lamb Memorial Trophy): Corwin Stevely

Presidents Trophy: Brandon Sookro  

Thursday 17 March 2016

Stamps drop 2nd straight OT decision to Steinbach as 2015/16 season comes to an end

For the 2nd straight night, the MJHL Quarter-Final between Swan Valley & Steinbach went into extra time and for the 2nd straight time the Pistons were victorious as they beat the Stampeders 3-2 to sweep the Best of 7 series

The Stampeders unlike the previous 3 games were able to get the first goal as on the power play it would Michael Fortin re-directing home his 2nd of the playoffs by Roman Bengert to make it an early 1-0 lead. It would stay like that until the 18:10 point of the opening period as Cody Ellingson would capitalize on a Piston turnover and go fore-hand, back-end past Bengert for his 1st of playoffs to give the home team a 2-0 lead after 1 period. Shots after 20 minutes were 11-10 Stampeders.

The Pistons came out a firing in the 2nd period as they would completely dominate the Stampeders but they would only muster up 1 goal as Hayden Goderis would capitalize on a big rebound from Zach deGraves for his 1st of the series to make it a 2-1 Stamps lead. The Pistons sent a lot of rubber at the Stamps goaltender in the middle frame out shooting Swan 24-3 in the 2nd and 34-14 overall after 40 minutes.

The Stamps will continue to lead until the 13:24 mark of the 3rd when Goderis would snipe home his 2nd of the night to make it 2-2 game headed for the 2nd straight night to the extra time.

For the 2nd straight night it would be the Pistons' getting the game winner as Cole Smith would sneak through a hip check and then slide it just past deGraves for his 3rd of the postseason to help Pistons to the 3-2 win, and the 4 game sweep over the Stamps.

Roman Bengert once again wasn't the busier of the goalies but did enough to get his 4th straight win making 22 saves in the Pistons net while Zach deGraves finished off his final game of his Jr. career with another fantastic performance to keep his team in it stopping 50 of 53 shots in the Swan goal.

The Stamps season comes to an end while the Pistons become the first team to book their ticket into the MJHL's Final Four.

The Jr. careers of 5 Stampeder 20 year old's also came to an end. Congratulations and best of luck in the future to:

#2 Gavin Froese

#21 Evan Last

#24 Colton Brausen

#25 Daylan Creasy

#29 Zach deGraves.

Stamps Head Coach/GM Erik Petersen last post game of the season

Yorkton Cardinals continue to gear up for 2016 WMBL Season

The 2016 Cardinal Executive and Board of Directors are finalizing all operational plans for the 2016 WMBL Summer Collegiate baseball season. The  Cardinals, a community owned, not for profit baseball organization, are entering the 15th year of operation and its second year of strictly Collegiate baseball, that falls within the scope of the Western Major Baseball League. Collegiate baseball meaning that the player must be attending a University or College somewhere in the world that has a baseball program and the player can produce visible statistics to verify he is indeed in a University program beyond High school. Each WMBL team has a maximum of 27 players on their roster at any given time during the summer schedule, of which 16 can be international players and the remainder to 27 must be Canadian. The 2016 regular season, for the Cardinals, begins on May 28th and concludes on July 30. The schedule sees a total of 48 games, 24 at home and 24 away, and the top 4 teams from the Saskatchewan division and the top 4 teams from the Alberta division make the playoffs. The end date for the final playoff game is Aug. 16 and must be this, as the players are required to return for the new school term which begins on Aug. 19-20 in many jurisdictions. The Cities that have WMBL franchises in Western Canada are listed on the WMBL website. All Cardinal home games are played at Jubilee Park Yorkton.

The Cardinal organization held their Annual General Meeting on February 21st which was well attended by the Executive, Directors and guests. At the meeting, the general order of business proceeded along with a review of the past seasons, 2015, financial shortfalls. The downfall of the major lottery has created some extra debt that our governing body generally agreed could be dealt with over a period of a couple of successful operational years. Lowering of some operational expenses and increasing some game day revenues along with extra fundraising, could go a long way in meeting and exceeding the operational budget.
The Cardinal WMBL organization believes that they are very vital to the community in a number of ways. Primarily the role that the team and its players play in leveraging young boys and girls to all the possibilities of an excellent secondary education, by way of athletics that enable the opportunity of scholarship funded schooling. Interaction in the community by Cardinal players with local minor baseball and youth oriented activities other than baseball. The visiting parents and relatives of Cardinal summer players along with teams from other WMBL cities contribute greatly in bolstering the City economy. Out of town baseball fans, attending Cardinal games, are also contributors to City vibrancy.
The Cardinals have scheduled an informational meeting for April 5th at 7PM at the Days Inn. Any interested individuals that would like to learn more about the operation and structure of the Cardinals are invited to attend. There are areas of volunteerism required that would certainly help the organization. This is not intended to put a huge burden on anyone if they agree in any way to help in areas of their own comfort.

Cards Longtime Coach Bill Sobkow prepares for 2016 season

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Stampeders now pushed to the brink after a Game 3 Double OT loss to Steinbach

The Swan Valley Stampeders stormed from a 4-1 deficit but in the end they would come up short losing in double OT 5-4 to the Steinbach Pistons to go down 3-0 in their Best of 7 MJHL Quarter-Final series. 

The Pistons got off to a hot start once again in Game 3 as Daniel Taillefer would get his 1st of the playoffs just 1:02 in to make it 1-0. But just 1:56 later, Blake Jameson's would hit off the crossbar then it would go off the back side of Pistons goalie Roman Bengert and in for his 1st MJHL goal to make it 1-1. Taillefer would regain the visitors their one goal lead at 2-1 with his 2nd with a nice point shot through some traffic. The Pistons would add to their lead with just 3:21 left in the opening period as Mathieu Gomercic would sneak it home for his 1st to give Steinbach a 2-1 lead after 1 period. Shots were 14-4 Pistons.

Steinbach would keep on coming just 6:08 into the 2nd period, Connor Martin would make a nice individual effort and then go top shelf on Degraves for his 1st of the series to make it a 4-1 Piston lead. But the Stamps would continue to have some life as Colton Brausen would send a nice feed across and Daylan Creasy would one-time it top shelf on Bengert for his 1st to cut the Stamps deficit to just 4-2 after 40 minutes. Shots after 2 period were 28-13 Pistons.

The Stamps would be able to complete the come back as first off just under 2 minutes into the 3rd, Daylan Creasy would get his 1st of the playoffs on the power play to cut Swan with one at 4-3. Keaton Jameson would even it up at 6:05 of the 3rd, his 2nd of the playoff force overtime at 4-4.

The first 10 minute overtime would solve nothing and then with 3:51 left to go in the double overtime period Ryan Carlson's long point shot would go off something in front then off a couple posts and by Zach deGraves for his 1st to help the Pistons to a 5-4 win over the Stamps.

Roman Bengert made 24 saves to grab his 3rd straight win in the Steinbach goal while Zach deGraves was the much busier of the 2 goalies stopping 58 of 63 shots in the loss.

The Stamps will look to keep their season alive on Thursday when they host Game 4. Pregame show at 7:20, pxp at 7:30 MB time with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff hockey from the Centennial Arena in Swan River.

Erik Petersen Post Game after last nights Game 3 Double OT loss

Yorkton Terriers to hold Awards Banquet on Sunday night

(Terrier Press Release)

The Yorkton Terriers season came to an end Sunday night as the La Ronge Ice Wolves swept the Terriers in three straight games after a 7-0 win in Game 3. The win moves La Ronge on to face the Melfort Mustangs in the SJHL Quarterfinal round and the Terriers end their season.

The Terriers will be hosting their annual year end awards banquet Sunday March 20th at the Gallagher Centre National Bank room upstairs on the second floor. The Terriers will be celebrating the end of Kailum Gervais's five year's with the hockey club. Along with all the 2015-16 season award winners to be announced.

The banquet will begin at 5:30PM with cocktails and dinner at 6:30PM. The awards presentation and jersey auctions will follow the dinner. Benny Walchuk will be the evenings MC as he was the Terriers play by play announcer through GX94 this season.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Mark's Terriers Locker in the Gallagher Centre Lobby. The office hours this week are 10:00AM to 12:00PM and 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Tickets must be purchased no later than Thursday at noon.

A reminder to for all people interested in the 2016 Yorkton Terrier Lotto that the early bird draw is Tuesday March 22nd at 7:00PM and the deadline to qualify for the early bird draw is Saturday March 19 at 9:00PM.

SJHL extends President Bill Chow's contract

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) Chairman of the Board Rick Shultz announced today that the SJHL Board of Governors have agreed to a new three-year contract extension along with a 2 year option with SJHL President Bill Chow. Chow is currently completing his 5th season as the SJHL President.

“The SJHL Governors voted to extend Bill’s contract,” commented SJHL Chairman of the Board Rick Shultz. “We are pleased with the job Bill has done in the past 5 years. It is in the best interest of the League to secure him to another term.”

Under Chow’s leadership, the SJHL has accomplished economic growth that has not been attained in the past.  The SJHL, with 12 franchises throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba have made strides in supplying players to the NCAA and with Chow’s leadership relationships with the NCAA will continue to grow.

The SJHL has always had a relationship with the WHL with the Saskatchewan Development Model and SHA and those relationships will continue to be strong. The SJHL continues to see its players upon graduation play in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) hockey programs as well.

The SJHL franchises under Chow’s guidance have taken a long look at the economic impact that the SJHL has on its communities and in the Province, collectively which is almost $12,000,000.00 a year. Chow has been able to expand the financial opportunities for the SJHL franchises as costs have continued to go higher, Chow will continue to pursue opportunities that will hopefully benefit the SJHL teams economically.

“It is a privilege to be the President of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. This is the only career in Saskatchewan that is titled as President of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, I take a lot of pride in doing this job, I have been and will be committed in taking the SJHL to new heights. It is a privilege in having been entrusted by the Board of Governors to continue to serve as the SJHL President,” stated Bill Chow.

Monday 14 March 2016

Local product Campbell helps Calgary Inferno win first ever CWHL Title

The 2016 Clarkson Cup, Canadian Women’s Hockey League championship is headed back west.

The Calgary Inferno and local product Jessica Campbell won their 1st ever title last night (Sun) with a 8-3 victory over Montreal’s Les Canadiennes in Ottawa.

The 23 year old Rocanville product Campbell helped in a big way on Sunday with 2 goals in the title game.

Sunday 13 March 2016

Terriers' season comes to an end after Game 3 loss to La Ronge Ice Wolves.

The Yorkton Terriers had their 2015/16 season come to an end on Sunday night, losing 7-0 on home ice to the La Ronge Ice Wolves at the Farrell Agencies Arena.

After the Terriers had a flurry of opportunities including Jordan Ross off the post, and two glorious Jordan Evans' chances right in the low slot but somehow Kris Joyce kept them out to keep it scoreless early in the first.  The Ice Wolves, then once again for the 3rd straight game would strike first as Brendan Barron right off a face-off would snipe it over the left shoulder of Jakob Severson for his 3rd of the playoffs to make it 1-0. Then with 6 minutes left in the 1st, Cole Porter would force a turnover at his own blue-line then make a nice move to the backhand past Severson for also his 3rd of the post season to give the Ice Wolves a 2-0 lead after 1 period. Terriers led the shot column at 13-12.

The visitors would add 3 more markers in the 2nd as just 2:08 in it would be Braiden Jakubowski hammering home his 1st of the playoffs to make it 3-0. Then on a crazy one that went off a couple sticks in front and then off the back of Severson and Buchanan product Korwin Shewchuk would get credited with his 1st to make it a 4 goal game. Jakubowski would add another late one on the PP, his 2nd of the period to give La Ronge a 5-0 lead after 2 periods. Shots after 40 minutes were 28-27 Ice Wolves.

The Ice Wolves would add to their lead and make it 6-0 as Nick Prouty would get his 1st of the series just 14 seconds into the 3rd. Braiden Jakubowski would add one late to complete the hat-trick to make it a 7-0 Ice Wolves Game 3 final over Yorkton.

SJHL MVP Kris Joyce made 38 saves for his 1st SJHL Playoff shutout in goal while Jakob Severson made 26 saves in the loss for the Terriers.

The Ice Wolves will now advance on to take on the defending league champion Melfort Mustangs in the Quarter-Final round.

Post Game Comments from Terriers Head Coach/GM Trent Cassan



**Also tonight's game and the Terrier loss spelled the end to the illustrious and 5 year Jr. career for Keeseekoose's Kailum Gervais (pictured above)

Gervais played 287 career games in a Terrier uniform, compiled 164 points, won 2 SJHL Canalta Cups, 1 Western Canada Cup and helped the Terriers win their first ever RBC Cup National Championship in 2014.

Over my 4 years of doing broadcasts there hasn't been that many guys that put their heart and soul into any organization than Kailum Gervais did for the Yorkton Terriers from playing through being hurt to his involvement in the community, there isn't many that come better than their Terriers number 26.

Congrats on a great Jr. career Kailum, and best of luck in the future and it was pleasure to see you wear number 26 for the Yorkton Terriers in your 5 year SJHL career.

I had chance to catch up with Kailum right after his incredible Junior career came to an end on Sunday night.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Stamps blanked 6-0 in Game 2 of Quarter-Final to Steinbach

The Swan Valley Stampeders are now in a 2-0 hole in their Best of 7 MJHL Quarter-Final after a 6-0 loss on the road to the Steinbach Pistons on Saturday night.

The Pistons controlled much of the 1st period here in Game 2 and they would get the only goal of the opening frame as after a flurry chances in front of the Stamps goal and it would finally be MacKenzie Graham would jam home his 2nd of the playoffs to make it a 1-0 Steinbach lead after 1 period and they also led heavily in the shot column with a 20-5 edge in opening 20 minutes.

In the 2nd, the Pistons powerplay would once again flex its muscle as they would score 3 more power play goals. First off just 56 seconds into the middle frame as Cole Smith would chip home his 2nd of the playoffs to make it 2-0. Then Robert Briem and MacKenzie Graham would add 2 more later goals on the man advantage to give themselves a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes. Shots 35-15 Pistons.

The Pistons would produce a couple more PP goals in the 3rd as Robert Briem would get his 2nd of the night after a nice feed in front while  McKenze Graham would deflect home and point shot and complete his 1st MJHL Hat Trick to give the Pistons their 2nd straight win, 6-0 over Swan Valley.

Roman Bengert stopped 24 shots for his 1st MJHL Playoff shutout while the Stamps split their goaltending duties as Zach Degraves played the first 40 minutes making 32 saves on 36 shots while Brett Evans played the last 20 and made 14 saves on 16 shots.

The series will now shift back to Swan River for Games 3 and 4 starting on Wednesday night at the Centennial Arena at 7:30

Friday 11 March 2016

Terriers; Stampeders both drop Friday night Playoff matchup on road

The Yorkton Terriers gave up 4 unanswered goals en route to a 5-2 Game 2 loss to the La Ronge Ice Wolves on Friday night.

The Ice Wolves would once again strike first in Game 2 as Brenden Barron would bang home his 3rd of the postseason to make it a 1-0 game. But just 3:02 later, the Terriers would respond as Carson Welke would bang home his 1st of the playoffs to tie it up at 1-1 after a back and forth & feisty opening period. Shots were even after 20 minutes at 15-15.

The Terriers got off to a good start to the middle frame as Jordan Ross would snipe home his 1st of playoffs to give Yorkton their first lead of the series at 2-1. Matt Painchaud would tie things up at 2-2 as his shot would sneak through Jakob Severson for his 1st of the series. The Ice Wolves would then score 2 goals, 50 seconds apart by Nakeho Lamothe and Jared Blacquiere to help La Ronge get back in front at 4-2 after 40 minutes. Shots 32-25 Ice Wolves after 2 periods.

The Ice Wolves would add another one in the 3rd as Matt Painchaud would add his 2nd of the night on the power play to help La Ronge win their 2nd straight, 5-2 over the Terriers.

Kris Joyce made 33 saves to get his 2nd win of the playoffs while Jakob Severson stopped 40 in the loss.

The series now shifts back to Yorkton for Game 3 on Sunday night from the Farrell Agencies Arena in Yorkton. Pregame show at 7:20, pxp will be at 7:30 with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey on GX94.

**Just a reminder that tickets are on sale now for Game 3 at the Gallaghcr Center Ticket Kiosk or online on the ticketmaster website.

Meanwhile in the MJHL from Steinbach,

The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped their Quarter-Final opening losing on the road, 7-3 to the Steinbach Pistons.

Connor Navrot, Trevor Mann and Jordie Valentino scored for the Stamps while Zach deGraves made 34 saves in the Game 1 loss.

Quinton Lisoway and Tyler Penner had 2 goals for the Pistons.

Game 2 is set for Saturday night in Steinbach, GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, pregame 7:50 pxp at 8PM/

MJHL Quarter-Final Preview- #7 Swan Valley Stampeders vs. #2 Steinbach Pistons


Swan Valley Stampeders (22-20-9= 53 points) vs. Steinbach Pistons (45-10-5=95 points)

Regular Season Head to Head 

Oct 3rd: Steinbach over Swan Valley 4-3 (OT)

Oct 9th: Steinbach over Swan Valley 7-2

Nov. 15th: Steinbach over Swan Valley 4-3

Dec. 6th: Steinbach over Swan Valley 2-1 (SO)

Feb 6th: Steinbach over Swan Valley 3-1

Feb.28th: Steinbach over Swan Valley 5-1

Steinbach: 6-0-0
Swan Valley: 0-4-2

Top Scorers/Goaltending: 

Swan Valley (Regular Season): 

#16 Josh Tripp- 23G 24A = 47 points 

#9 Cody Ellingson- 14G 29A = 43 points 
#24 Colton Brausen- 17G 24A = 41 points 
#17 Riley McKay- 12G 22A = 34 points 
#2 Gavin Froese- 12G 21A = 33 points 

#29 Zach Degraves - 16-25 record. 3 shutouts. 2.88GAA. 0.916SV% 
#33 Brett Evans- 6-13 record. 4.14GAA. 0.886SV%

Swan Valley (Postseason)

#6 Carter McMurdo- 1G 2A= 3 points
#16 Josh Tripp- 1G 2A= 3 points
#20 Jordie Valention- 0G 3A= 3 points
#11 Trevor Mann- 2G 0A= 2 points
#9 Cody Ellingson- 0G 2A= 2 points

#29 Zach deGraves- 2-0 record. 1SO. 1.50GAA. 0.950SV%


#10 Daniel Taillefer - 22G 59A = 81pts
#6 Cole Smith - 26G 35A = 61pts
#12 Tyler Penner - 23G 35A = 58pts
#15 Hayden Goderis - 22G 33A= 55 points
#22 Bradley Schoonbaert- 25G 27A= 52 points

#1 Roman Bengert- 25-8 record.  3 SO. 2.07GAA.  0.926SV%
#35 Jeremy Wik -  20-7 record.  1 SO. 2.27GAA.   0.913SV%

Special Teams

Penalty Kill (Regular season): 

STE: 6th- (81.2%)
SV: 7th- (76.3%)

Power Play (Regular season):

STE: 1st- (74/269)= 27.5%
SV: 6th- (46/260)= 17.7%

Penalty Kill (Postseason): 

SV: 4/5= 80%

Powerplay (Postseason):

SV: 2/9- 22.2%

Series Schedule: 

  Fri. Mar 11th (Game 1) -  Swan Valley Stampeders @ Steinbach Pistons 8PM 

 Sat. Mar 12th (Game 2) - Swan Valley Stampeders @ Steinbach Pistons 8PM 
(Pregame 7:50, pxp at 8:00) **

Wed. Mar. 16th (Game 3) - Steinbach Pistons @ Swan Valley Stampeders 7:30MB time

Thurs. Mar 17th (Game 4) - Steinbach Pistons @ Swan Valley Stampeders 7:30 MB time (Pregame 7:20, pxp at 7:30) **

*Sat. Mar 19th (Game 5) - Swan Valley Stampeders @ Steinbach Pistons 7:30 MB time  

 *Tues. Mar 22nd (Game 6) - Steinbach Pistons @ Swan Valley Stampeders 7:30 MB time

Wed. Mar 23rd (Game 7) - Swan Valley Stampeders @ Steinbach Pistons 7:30 MB time

*If Necessary

** Broadcasted live with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff Hockey on GX94 or also you can listen live online at  (More broadcasts might be added at a later time)


This will be the first ever meeting between these two squads in the postseason and the match-up between these two teams has been controlled by the Pistons. 

The Pistons have took the past 16 meetings between these two teams over the last 3 seasons, so the Stamps will look to change that fortune around in a hurry. 

The Stamps will go the way that 20 year old Zach deGraves goes as the Edmonton product has been solid all season, especially against the Pistons and he also coming off a 25 save shutout in the Survivor Series clinching win over Wayway. 

For the Pistons between the pipes, both Jeremy Wik and Roman Bengert basically split the duties this season with Bengert ending up as a finalist for MJHL Goalie of the Year. 

On the backend, the Stamps would need to continue to get offence from their backside as seen in the Survivor Series, Jordie Valentino and Carter McMurdo each had 3 points and that turned into success for the Stamps overall. A big test for this Stamps defence will also be to try and contain this high powered Pistons offence. 

The Pistons won't flare you with their offence from the blueline but can chip in when they have to and they are on very solid defensively and it will produce a challenge for the Stamps offensive unit. 

Up the front, the Pistons have the advantage with their experience and their ability going in, as Steinbach have 5 players include the Hockey ability award winner in Daniel Taillefer that had more points than the Stamps leading scorer Josh Tripp in the regular season. The Stamps will need to score by committee and if they can get their offence going and get some solid goaltending, Swan Valley could very well compete in this series and surprise some people. 

Thursday 10 March 2016

Terriers drop Survivor Series opener in convincing fashion to La Ronge

The Yorkton Terriers dropped their SJHL playoff opener on Thursday night losing in convincing fashion, 9-2 to the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

It wasn't the opening period, the Terriers were looking for as the Ice Wolves who made their first appearance in the postseason in 3 years would get 5 goals in the 1st. Jared Blacquiere would get his 1st of the postseason on a nice feed from Cole Porter to make it 1-0. Brenden Barron would make it 2-0 just a short time later jamming it through Jakob Severson for opener of the playoffs. Just 2:40 later, Craig Pejkovic would snap home his 1st, to make it an early 3-0 lead just 6:02 into the game. The Ice Wolves weren't done there though as Joel Blacquiere would get 2 to end off the period to give  La Ronge a 5-0 lead over Yorkton after 1 period. Shots 20-17 La Ronge.

In the 2nd, the Ice Wolves would get 2 more and they would both come with the man advantage as Cole Porter and Barron would add the markers in the middle frame to give the home team a 7-0 lead after 2 periods.

Jared Blacquiere would add his 2nd of the night early in the 3rd to make it 8-0 before the Terriers add 2 straight off the sticks of McKenzie Welke and Keenan Lugt (1st SJHL goal) to cut Yorkton to within 6, at 8-2. But then the Ice Wolves add another late as Porter would add his second of the night to help them get the early series edge, a 9-2 Game 1 win.

SJHL MVP Kris Joyce made 48 saves on 50 shots to grab the win for the Ice Wolves who then led way to Dakota Kenyon who stopped all 8 shots he faced. The Terriers also used 2 goalies as Jakob Severson made 32 saves on 40 shots while 15 year Jordan Schumland would make his SJHL debut and stopped 6 of 7 shots he faced in relief.

These two teams will go right back at it for Game 2 on Friday from the Mel Hegland Uniplex. Pregame show 7:20, pxp at 7:30 with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey on GX94.

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Degraves' 25 save shutout helps Swan Valley complete Survivor Series sweep of Wayway

The Swan Valley Stampeders completed their 2 game sweep of the Best of 3 MJHL Survivor series after a 3-0 win over the Wayway Wolverines on Tuesday night.

After a scoreless 1st period, where the Stamps had two disallowed goals off the sticks of Tanner Koroscil & Daylan Creasy and then had a late 5 on 3 power play but they were not be able to convert on it.

The Stamps were able to opening scoring just over the midpoint of the 2nd as on the 4th power play opportunity it would be Josh Tripp grabbing a feed off a rebound and would beat Troy Martyniuk for his 1at of the playoffs to give Swan a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes.

In the 3rd, the Stamps would add to their lead as Trevor Mann would take a nice feed from the high slot and snap home his 2nd of the playoffs to give the Stamps some insurance at 2-0. Keaton Jameson would ice into the empty net for Swan Valley for his 1st to give the Stamps the 3-0 win, and the 2 game series sweep.

Zach Degraves (pictured above) stopped all 25 shots he faced for his 1st MJHL shutout for Swan Valley while Wolverine net minder Troy Martyniuk 30 saves in the losing cause.

The Stamps will now advance to take on the Steinbach Pistons in the MJHL Quarter-Finals which will most likely get going on Friday night for Game 1 from Steinbach,

**Also I would like to congratulate the Wayway Wolverines on their season and wish the best of luck to the Wolverine 20 year old in Alex Keena, Greg Harney, Johl Swedlo, Aaron Dupasquier and Brock Paddock on their Junior Careers and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours.

Stamps Head Coach/GM Erik Petersen post game comments.

Wayway Wolverine Head Coach/GM Barry Butler post game comments:

SJHL Survivor Series Preview - #10 Yorkton Terriers vs. #7 La Ronge Ice Wolves


La Ronge Ice Wolves (26-24-4-4= 60 points) vs. Yorkton Terriers (20-29-4-5= 49 points)

Regular Season Head to Head 

Oct. 5th- Yorkton over La Ronge 3-1 
Nov 13th- La Ronge over Yorkton 4-2 
Nov 14th- La Ronge over Yorkton 5-0 
Nov 18th- La Ronge over Yorkton 4-1 
Dec. 3rd- La Ronge over Yorkton 3-2 

La Ronge: 4-1-0
Yorkton: 1-4-0 

Top Scorers/Goaltending: 


#39 McKenzie Welke- 20G 22A= 42 points 
#14 Corwin Stevely- 15G 25A= 40 points 
#26 Kailum Gervais- 10G 28A= 38 points 
#91 Brandon Sookro- 25G 11A= 36 points 
#22 Regan Seiferling- 9G 27A= 36 points 

#29 Jakob Severson- 31GP. 10-12-3-4 record. 1SO. 3.62GAA. 0.889SV% 
#30 Matt Kustra- 26GP  10-13-1-1 record. 3.26GAA. 0.900SV% 

La Ronge:

#19 Cole Porter- 28G 28A= 56 points 
#18 Matt Painchaud- 20G 32A= 52 points
#16 Jared Blacquiere- 19G 31A= 50 points 
#8 Braden Jakubowski- 17G 28A= 45 points 
#17 Joel Blacquiere- 14G 24A= 38 points 

#33 Kris Joyce- 50GP  22-20-4-3 record. 1SO. 2.67GAA. 0.931SV%
#35 Dakota Kenyon- 11GP  4-4-0-1 record.  3.28GAA.  0.915SV% 

Special Teams

Penalty Kill: 
YOR: 10th- 78.3%
LR: 4th- 83.6%

Power Play:
YOR: 1st- (54/237)= 22.8%
LR: 5th- (53/254)= 20.9%

Series Schedule: 

(Game 1) Thurs Mar 10th/16 - Yorkton Terriers @ La Ronge Ice Wolves 7:30 (Pregame 7:20) **

(Game 2) Fri. Mar 11th/16 - Yorkton Terriers @ La Ronge Ice Wolves 7:30 (Pregame 7:20) **

(Game 3) Sun. Mar 13th/16 - La Ronge Ice Wolves @ Yorkton Terriers 7:30 FAA

*(Game 4) Mon. Mar 14th/16 - La Ronge Ice Wolves @ Yorkton Terriers FAA 7:30 

*(Game 5) Wed. Mar 16th/16- Yorkton Terriers @ La Ronge Ice Wolves 7:30 

*If Necessary

** Broadcasted live with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff Hockey on GX94 or also you can listen live online at 


This two teams, who both missed the postseason last year will meet for the first time since the La Ronge Ice Wolves beat the Terriers in 2011 Canalta Cup final to help them win their 2nd straight league title. 

Both teams come in with not much of SJHL playoff experience and thats where the Terriers especially up front will need to continue to elevate their game. 

The Terriers have 3 forwards in Kailum Gervais, Jordan Ross and Corwin Stevely who have played in some big playoff games and all played a part in the Terriers 2014 RBC Cup title and these guys would need to lead by example and continue their strong play and help out this young Terriers squad. 

But along with those veterans, the likes of Carson and McKenzie Welke played lot of big games in their minor hockey days, but they will get their first taste from Junior Playoff action and the Terriers will need them to continue to chip in offensively as they have all season long. 

For the Ice Wolves they have scored by committee up front all season long, but are led by Cole Porter who scored an impressive 28 goals this season and him long with the Blacquiere brothers if they are together can be a dangerous unit up front. 

The likes of Matt Painchaud and Braden Jakubowski have really come on as of late as well, and they have the type of hard-nosed, gritty game that could excel in the postseason. 

On the backend, I think the Terriers have the edge as Tyler Baier and Regan Seifering have been a big part of the Terriers offence from back-end and they are a big reason while the Terriers PP has been so good all season long as they have been able get pucks through from blue-line with ease and that needs to continue as special teams is always a big part of any playoff. 
For the Ice Wolves, Bryce Fiske and Ryley McNeil have provided a bit of offence of the blue-line especially also when it comes to the PP. 

In goal where a series can be won or lost, the Ice Wolves have one the league's best. The recently announced SJHL MVP Kris Joyce has proved the last couple years for La Ronge that he can put his team on his back and this year is no different as he has been outstanding with 0.931SV%. If the Ice Wolves want be successful in this series, Kris Joyce will need to be their best player. 

For the Terriers, their goaltending has continually improved and the Terriers have the good problem of being able to counter with either of their 18 year olds in Jakob Severson or Matt Kustra and whoever Trent Cassan choses to get the nod will give the Terriers a very good chance to be successful in this survivor series.

Weekly Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show  & Survivor Series Preview with Terrier Head Coach/GM Trent Cassan below:

Sunday 6 March 2016

Stamps strike first in MJHL Survivor Series with a 4-3 win over Wayway in Game 1

The Swan Valley Stampeders have the early edge in the MJHL Best of 3 Survivor series as they beat the visiting Wayway Wolverines 4-3 on home ice to take a 1-0 series advantage.

The Wolverines would get on the board first just 4:24 into the 1st as Brayden Cullum would jam home his 1st of the postseason on the PP to give them an early 1-0 lead. The Stamps would even it up at the 14:58 mark of the opening period as Connor Navrot would deflect home a Carter McMurdo point shot for his 1st of the playoffs to make it a 1-1 game after 1. Shots were 13-11 Waywayseecappo after 20 mins.

In the 2nd, the Wolverines would get off to a good start once again as Wolverine captain Alex Keena would score 2 goals in the opening 3:59 of the 2nd to give his team a 3-1 lead. But once again the Stamps would come back to tie things up as first off it would be Michael Fortin sniping home his 1st playoff goal of these playoffs at 5:59 of the 2nd to cut the Wayway lead to 3-2. Carter McMurdo (pictured above) would make 3-3 as his point shot would get through for his 1st to knot it up after 40 mins.

Stamps forward Trevor Mann would get the only goal of the 3rd at 5:48 and it would stand up to be the game winner as he would work his way into the Wolverine zone and let it go and it would sneak through Troy Martyniuk for his 1st of the playoffs to give the Stamps, a 4-3 Game 1 victory over Wayway to grab a 1-0 lead in the Best of 3 Survivor Series.

20 year old Zach Degraves made 32 saves for the win in goal for the Stamps while Wolverine net minder Troy Martyniuk made 37 stops in the loss.

Game 2 of this series will go on Tuesday Night in Waywayseecappo. Pregame 7:20, pxp at 7:30 with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey on GX94.

Swan Valley Head Coach/GM Erik Petersen reflects on last nights Game 1 win