Monday 27 March 2017

Wroxton's Shwaga helps win 2017 Saskatchewan Mixed Curling Championships

(Colton Flash, Brett Barber, Jayden Shwaga, Robyn Despins) 
(Photo courtesy of CurlSask)

The 2017 Saskatchewan Mixed Curling Championships were held over the weekend in Meadow Lake.
Colton Flasch and his rink which includes Wroxton's Jayden Shwaga defeated Regina's Jason Ackerman 9-8 in an extra end to win the Provincial title.

Flasch, Shwaga, third Brett Barber and lead Robyn Despins will now represent
Saskatchewan at the 2017 Canadian Mixed Curling championships held this November in Swan River, MB

Sunday 26 March 2017

Local Recap from Hoopla 2017 in Regina

1A Boys 

Middle Lake over Rocanville 100-62 in Gold Medal game

2A Girls

Foam Lake Panthers over Shaunavon Shadows 63-49 in Bronze Medal Game

Wynyard Golden Bears over Kinistino 87-41 in Gold Medal Game

3A Girls 

Saskatoon Christian over Indian Head Broncs 38-30 in Bronze Medal Game

5A Boys 

Regina Riffel Royals over Yorkton Regional Raiders 80-56 in Consolation Semi-Final

Terriers' 2016/17 comes to an end this past weekend in Estevan

The Yorkton Terriers had their 2016/17 season come to an end after 5-0 loss on the road to the Estevan Bruins in Game 5 at Affinity Place.

The home team would strike first as 12:50 in, Matt McNeil would walk in and slip it five-hole on Nathan Hargave for his 3rd of the playoffs to give the Bruins the first lead at 1-0. Then just 1:35 later, Josh Rieger would sneak behind the Terriers defence and jam it through the Terrier net minder for the UND-commit’s first of the playoffs to give the 3rd seeded Bruins a 2-0 lead after 1 period with the shots at 12-8 Estevan through 20 minutes.

After a scoreless 2nd period, Michael McChesney would strike again for the Bruins for his 3rd goal of the series to make it 3-0. The home team would add a couple more for insurance off the sticks of Kaelen Holt and Zach Goberis to help them to the series clinching victory.
Nathan Alalouf made 35 saves for his 1st SJHL shutout while Nathan Hargrave in his final Jr. game made 31 saves on 36 Bruin shots.

The Bruins will now take on the Battlefords North Stars in one SJHL Semi-Finals while other will feature the Flin Flon Bombers take on the Nipawin Hawks.

Congrats to the Terriers graduating players on the Jr. Careers and best of luck moving forward to:

#2 Kevin Wolf

#14 Corwin Stevely

#22 Regan Seiferling

#27 Jordan Ross

#33 Nathan Hargrave

#44 Reid Anderson

#91 Dakota Odgers

Thanks to the entire Yorkton Terrier organization for another exciting season of Terrier hockey on GX94 with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey.

Final Post Game and Season Recap with Terriers Head Coach/GM Casey O'Brien

Thursday 23 March 2017

Willowbrook's Hull taking part in CFL West Regional Combine in Regina

The 2017 edition of CFL Week continues today (Thurs) in the Queen City.
Apart of activities happening today includes the CFL West Regional Combine that goes all day in Regina.

One of the invitees is Willowbrook product & former Yorkton Raider Gridder LB Layne Hull.

Hull, as a member of the Okanagan Sun was named the BCFC Defensive Player of the Year & a CJFL All-Canadian in 2016.

Hull is joining the University of Regina Rams for the 2017 U-Sports season.

Raider Gridder Head Coach Roby Sharpe chatted about his former player

Terriers stave off elimination after 3-2 Game 4 win over Estevan on Wednesday night

The Yorkton Terriers were able to stave off elimination last night (Wed) after 3-2 victory over the Estevan Bruins in Game 4.

The Terriers for the 2nd straight night would strike first as Jared Legien would snipe home his 3rd of the series to give them a 1-0 lead just 4:43 into the opening period. Jason Miller though would reply 25 seconds later as he would one-time home his 5th of the playoffs to make it 1-1 after 1 period.

The score would stay even until Carson Welke would walk out from the right side corner and jam it by Nathan Alalouf for his 1st to give the home-side a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes with the shots favoring the Bruins 21-18.

In the 3rd, just 4:22 in the Bruins would even it up at 2-2 as Levi Barnstable would pick up a loose puck and slip it by a sprawled out Nathan Hargrave for his 1st of the series. The Terriers would once again respond and it would be Jordan Ross (pictured above) netting the eventual game winner as he would take nice pass across from Dexter Robinson on the 2 on 1 rush and the Kronau product would get his 1st of the playoffs to help keep his team alive with the big home ice win.

20 year old Nathan Hargrave would get his 1st playoff win in a Terrier uniform making 27 saves on 29 shots while Bruin netminder had his playoff record drop to 3-1 as they turned aside 24 shots in the losing cause.

The win was also the first playoff victory for the Terriers since the RBC Cup Final that they won back in May of 2014.

The two teams will now play a game number 5 tomorrow night (Friday) from Affinity Place in Estevan. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, pregame 7:20 pxp at 7:30.

Terriers forward Jordan Ross Post Game

Terriers Asst. Coach Matt Hehr Post Game

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Terriers pushed to the brink after 5-4 Game 4 loss on Tuesday in Estevan

The Yorkton Terriers have been pushed to the brink of elimination after 5-4 loss on the road last night (Tues) in Game 3 to the Estevan Bruin at Affinity Place

For the first time in the series the Terriers would strike first just 3 minutes into the 1st as Jordan Hudson’s long wrist shot would be deflected in by Cody Illerbrun for his 1st SJHL playoff goal to make it 1-0 Terriers. Evan Scott would even it up with 2:40 to go as he would walk out from the far side corner and wrap it around Nathan Hargave for his 1st of the series which made it 1-1. Then just 1:33 later, Jake Heerspink would re-direct home a Jake Fletcher shot for his 1st to give the home team a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes with the Bruins leading shot column as well at 15-8 after 1 period.

The Terriers would even it up early in the 2nd with a power play goal as Dakota Odgers would find Shane Sherban backdoor and Lanigan product would bang in his 1st to make it 2-2 just 2:52 into the middle frame.  Then the tail end of a penalty kill, Corwin Stevely would stepped across the Bruins’ blue-line and he would send a rocket that would would beat Nathan Alalouf over his right shoulder, for the Terriers’ captain’s first of the playoffs that made it 3-2 midway through the 2nd. But the Bruins would come back with two late goals to grab their 1 goal lead back with goals from Lynden Pastachak & Jason Miller (powerplay) to give Estevan a 4-3 lead after 2 periods. Shots 33-21 Bruins (18-13 EST in 2nd).

Michael McChesney (pictured above) would get the 5th Bruins’ goal which would end up to be the game winner as he would slip it five-hole on the Terriers net minder Nathan Hargrave for his 2nd of the playoffs to make it 5-3. The Terriers would cut it within 1 with 34 seconds to go as Dakota Odgers would snipe home his 1st of the series to make it 5-4 but that’s as close as the Terriers would get dropping a 1 goal decision in Game 4.

20 year old Nathan Alalouf made 31 saves for his 3rd straight win in the Bruins net while Terriers goalie Nathan Hargrave was once again busy turning aside 37 of 42 Bruins’ shots.

The Terriers will look to stay alive tonight (Wed) as they host Game 4 against the Bruins at the FAA. Pregame show at 7:20, pxp at 7:30 with Yorkton dodge Junior Hockey on GX94. 

Ochapowace's Bear named WHL Defenceman of the Year nominee & 1st team West division All-Star

The Western Hockey League is out with their league awards and All-Star teams from the 2016/17 regular season.

Ochapowace product and Seattle Thunderbirds defenceman Ethan Bear was named to the Western Conference's 1st All-Star team & also named as the Western Conference nominee the WHL's Defenceman of the Year.
He will go up against Regina Pats dman Connor Hobbs for the award.

Bear, who is in 4th season with the T-Birds had 28 goals, 42 assists for 70 points in 67 regular season games 

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Former Millionaires Liam Shaw & U Vic Vikes win 2016/17 BCIHL Championship

(U Vic Press Release)

It almost wasn't to be for the University of Victoria's men's hockey club.

The team that had nothing handed to them all year was just 36 seconds away from an unlikely BCIHL championship when Trinity Western's Jarret Fontaine played spoiler, scoring a short-handed goal that seemed like it would almost certainly send the game to overtime and shift momentum in favour of the Spartans.
But fifth year Vike Shawn Mueller had other plans, scoring the game winner with just seven seconds left on the clock to send the underdog Vikes to a huge Game 3 victory at the Langley Events Centre and their fourth BCIHL title in 11 seasons.
"It was the definition of a team effort—everyone gave it their all and that's all we needed to win it all," said Mueller. "For (fellow graduating senior Luciano Somerville) and myself we couldn't have written a better ending to our university careers, going out as champions."
Mueller's goal required something that the Vikes have mastered through an up-and-down 2016-17 season: patience. The Kitimat, B.C., native took a pass from teammate and former Victoria Royal Jack Palmer and waited a crucial extra second to lose the Trinity Western defender before firing the puck through a screen and in.
"We were still on the power play and Patrick Holland passed it over to Jack Palmer, who went cross ice to me. I walked the puck into the slot and just put one on net and it happened to go in," said Mueller, who led the Vikes in scoring during the regular season with 29 points through 24 games.

Just over a minute before Mueller's winner, Holland put the Vikes up 2-1 with his second power play goal of the night, only to watch Fontaine help his team back into the game with a short-handed goal off a shot from the point. 
With momentum on their side and time ticking down, you couldn't blame the large Trinity Western crowd if they thought they were about to watch overtime. In fact, you couldn't blame the Vikes if they were feeling the same.
But thankfully for UVic, they had some more magic left in the tank.
"One of the best recoveries from a goal against I have ever seen," said Vikes assistant coach James Gaertner. "Great team effort with 100 per cent buy-in from every man on the roster. It took sacrifice and dedication to pull it out."
For UVic's seniors, the moment was extra special.
"It's so surreal and I couldn't be more proud of our team—absolutely unbelievable," said Somerville. "This is the best possible scenario to end our UVic hockey careers. We have dreamt about this for 5 years and now it's here."
The game-winning goal was the third power play marker for UVic on the night, as they turned a perfect performance on the man advantage. That special teams performance turned out to be a big boost for a team that ranked fourth of five teams in the BCIHL with a 15 per cent success rate during the regular season.
The Vikes also shutout the Spartans on the penalty kill, thanks in large part to the play of backstop Michael Fredrick. Fredrick was spectacular for the Vikes all night, stopping 37 of 39 shots to finish with a .949 save percentage.
The Lethbridge, Alberta, native was key to the Vikes turnaround in the series after they lost their opener 5-0 in front of a home crowd.  Fredrick, who hadn't started a playoff game yet in 2017, got the call on Saturday night and turned in a 27-save performance in a 2-1 overtime win in Langley.
He was just one of many key performers for the Vikes throughout the playoffs, a list highlighted by former Montreal Canadiens' prospect Holland. The 25-year-old from Lethbridge put up four goals and a team-high 11 points through five playoff games after registering 14 goals and 28 points in the regular season.
Palmer, no stranger to Victoria sports fans after spending parts of two seasons with the Victoria Royals, also had a strong post-season for the Vikes. The homegrown forward had seven goals and nine points in 10 regular season games before exploding for six assists and nine points in the playoffs.
The 2017 BCIHL banner is the first for the Vikes men's hockey program since they defeated Simon Fraser in the 2012 final. Victoria, who also won titles in 2007 and 2009, becomes the first team other than Selkirk College to win a title since 2012.

Monday 20 March 2017

Town of Ituna makes Top 2 of Kraft Hockeyville 2017

The town of Ituna has made it to the top two in the race for Kraft Hockeyville 2017

Ituna is guaranteed $100,000 for arena upgrades and the chance to host an NHL pre-season hockey game.

The other finalist is O'Leary, P.E.I., and they will compete with Ituna for the chance to host the game and hold the title of Hockeyville.

 Voting ends tonight (Mon) at 10 p.m. and you can go vote Here

The winner being announced on "Hockey Night in Canada" April 1st

Chat with Ituna's own & University of Regina Cougars Women's Hockey forward Bailey Braden


Swan Valley Stampeders (MJHL) looking for new Head Coach/GM

The Swan Valley Stampeders Jr. A Hockey Club are accepting resumes for the position of a full time GM/Head Coach. The candidate would be responsible for the overall direction of the hockey club.

The ideal candidate will have a strong hockey background. Demonstrate leadership skills, strong business acumen and a strong focus on player development.

For a detailed job description or more information regarding the position please contact Dave Kirk. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Please send resume to Dave Kirk, President, Swan Valley Stampeders Jr. A Hockey Club on or before April 21/17.

Saturday 18 March 2017

Terriers surrender 3 third period goals in 5-3 Game 2 loss to Estevan (SJHL)

The Estevan Bruins used a big 3 goal third period en route to a 5-3 Game 2 victory over the Yorkton Terriers on Saturday night at the Farrell Agencies Arena.

The Bruins wouldn't take long to score first as just 48 seconds in, Jake Fletcher would snap home his 1st of playoffs to give them an early 1-0 lead. The Terriers would even it up 1:46 later as LJ Naccarato would bang home his 1st of the postseason to make it 1-1. Then for the first time in the series the Terriers would grab the lead as Cody Dubas would send a long point shot towards the Bruins' net and it would beat Nathan Alalouf on the far side for his 1st SJHL playoff goal to make it 2-1 Terriers. It would stay like that until 28 seconds left in the opening frame, Matt McNeil with a beauty of a wrist shot would sneak it over the short-side shoulder of Nathan Hargrave to knot it at 2-2 after 20 minutes. Shots 18-10 Yorkton.

Jared Legien would regain the Terriers their lead on the power play as he would snipe home his 2nd of the playoffs to make it a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.

The Bruins would even it up 6:06 into the 3rd period as Jason Miller (pictured above) on a nice low shot from Johnny Witzke would deflect home his 1st, which made the game 3-3. Michael McCheseny would get the eventual game winner for Estevan with just 1:54 to go as Jayden Davis would find time back-door to give the Bruins the lead back at 4-3. Miller would ice it for the visitors with 49 seconds to go to give them the Game 2 win.

Nathan Alalouf got his 2nd straight win in the Bruins net making 34 saves on 37 shots while Nathan Hargave once again took the loss, turned aside 37 Bruin shots.

The two teams will shift back to Estevan for Game number 3 on Tuesday night at Affinity Place. Pregame show will be at 7:20, pxp at 7:30 with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey on GX94.

Goberis nets OT winner to give Bruins' Game 1 win on home ice over Yorkton (SJHL


The Estevan Bruins took an early 1-0 series lead in their Best of 7 SJHL Quarter-Final on Friday night doubling up the visiting Yorkton Terriers 2-1 in overtime at Affinity Place. 

The Bruins would strike first in Game 1 as just 6:44 into a feisty 1st period and very early in their first powerplay attempt, 20 year old Matt McNeil would sneak it through the short side of Nathan Hargrave for his 1st of the playoffs to give the home team a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. Shots 13-5 Estevan.

After a scoreless 2nd period, the game would stay tied until Jared Legien would finally break through for the Terriers with 1:04 left in regulation as he would patiently wait out Bruins’ net minder Nathan Alalouf and slip home his 1st of the playoffs to make it a 1-1 game headed to the overtime period. 

The OT period didn't last long as just 48 seconds into to Zack Goberis (pictured above) would take it off the half way and go short-side top shelf on Hargave to give the home team the series opener. 

Nathan Alalouf made 29 saves on 30 shots to get the win for the Bruins while Terriers' net minder Nathan Hargave battled hard all night and made 33 saves in the loss. 

The two teams will go right back at it on Saturday night for Game number 2 at the Farrell Agencies Arena with pregame show getting going at 7:20, pxp at 7:30 on GX94 with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey. 

Other Game 1's in the SJHL had Nipawin beat Humboldt 4-1, Flin Flon were 4-1 winners over Notre Dame and the Battlefords North Stars edged the Weyburn Red Wings 4-3 on home ice. 

Friday 17 March 2017

Yorkton Rawtec Maulers name Kevin Rawlick their Head Coach for 2017/18

After taking over on an interim basis to close the out 2016/17 season, the Yorkton Rawtec Maulers (SMAAAHL) have taken off the interim tag of Kevin Rawlick naming him full-time Head Coach for the 2017/18 season.

Rawlick took over from Graham Garrett who was relieved of his duties as Head Coach late this past season.

Rawlick also led the Maulers to their first series win in over a decade when they beat the Notre Dame Hounds in 4 games in the Quarter-finals, before they fell in 3 straight games in the Semi-Finals to the Regina Pat Canadians.

Wednesday 15 March 2017

SJHL Quarter-Final Preview- #6 Yorkton Terriers vs. #3 Estevan Bruins

 6th-Yorkton Terriers (28-25-5-0) = 61 points  vs. 3rd- Estevan Bruins (37-18-2-1) = 77 points

Regular Season Head to Head

Oct 11/16 - 4-2 Estevan
Oct 25/16 - 6-5 Estevan (OT)
Nov 1/16-  5-0 Estevan
Nov 13/16- 3-2 Yorkton
Feb 7/17- 5-4 Estevan
Feb 28/17- 2-1 Yorkton

Estevan: 4-2-0
Yorkton: 2-3-1

Top Scorers (Regular Season):

#10 Jared Legien - 51GP  30G 26A = 56 points
#27 Jordan Ross -  52GP  14G 25A = 39 points
#22 Regan Seiferling - 42GP  6G 28A = 34 points
#14 Corwin Stevely - 46GP  14G 19A = 33 points
#23 Shane Sherban - 49GP  9G 17A = 26 points
#16 Tyler Baier - 58GP  9G 17A = 26 points


#33 Nathan Hargrave - 45GP  24-17-2-1 record  2.73GAA  0.919 SV%  3SO
#29 Matt Vernon -  18GP  9-7-1 record  3.63GAA  0.907 SV%


#11 Matt McNeil - 58GP  31G 38A = 69 points
#20 Jason Miller - 56GP  26G 33A = 59 points
#17 Kaelan Holt - 55GP  27G 29A = 56 points
#22 Lyndan Pastachak - 23G 27A = 50 points
#16 Zach Goberis  - 56GP  12G 37A = 49 points

#1 Nathan Alalouf - 29GP  16-8-1-2 record  3.05GAA  0.910 SV%  1SO
#30 Curtis Meger - 22GP  14-6-0 record   3.18GAA  0.905 SV%   2SO


Game 1- Fri. Mar 17th – Yorkton Terriers @ Estevan Bruins – 7:20/7:30

Game 2- Sat. Mar 18th—Estevan Bruins @ Yorkton Terriers – 7:20/7:30

Game 3- Tues. Mar 21st—Yorkton Terriers @ Estevan Bruins – 7:20/7:30

Game 4—Wed. Mar 22nd—Estevan Bruins @ Yorkton Terriers – 7:20/7:30

**Game 5- Fri. Mar 24th—Yorkton Terriers @ Estevan Bruins – 7:20/7:30

**Game 6- Sun. Mar 26th—Estevan Bruins @ Yorkton Terriers – 4:20/4:30

**Game 7—Tues. Mar 28th—Yorkton Terriers @ Estevan Bruins—7:20/7:30

**If Necessary

All games broadcasted on GX94 with Yorkton Dodge Junior Playoff Hockey. 


Terriers Coaches Show & Quarter-Final Series Preview with Yorkton Head Coach/GM Casey O'Brien

Monday 13 March 2017

Local Sunday Recap

Melville Millionaires draft pick Lucas Sillinger had 2 goals and 1 assists to help the Regina Pat Canadians eliminate the Yorkton Rawtec Maulers last night (Sun), with a 4-1 win in Game 3.

Trey Bear had the lone goal for the Maulers while Nolan Maier made 27 saves on 31 shots in the losing cause.

The Pat C's will now wait for their next opponent as the Tisdale Trojans took a 2 games to 1 lead in their Best of 5 Semi-final after a 1-0 win over the Prince Albert Mintos on Sunday in Game number 3

SHA Provincial Senior "C" Hockey
**South Final**

Whitewood Orioles 3 Raymore Rockets 5
(Raymore wins Best of 3 series, 2-0 and advances to the Senior "C" provincial final against the Delisle Bruins)

SHA Provincial Senior "D" Hockey
**South Final**

Bredenbury Cougars 1 Wilcox 4 (Wilcox wins  Best of 3 series, 2-0)

South Sask Female Bantam A hockey Playoffs (1)

Regina Cougars 1 @ Yorkton Gardon Crushers 5
(Yorkton WINS the Best of 3 Series, 2-1)

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Playoffs (1)
Weyburn Red Wings 6
@ Kindersley Klippers 4
(Weyburn WINS Best of 5 Survivor Series, 3-0)

Wheatland Hockey League (1)
Kinistino Tigers 2 @ Foam Lake Flyers 5
(Flyers WIN the Best of 5 Series, 3-2)

Manitoba Junior Hockey League Quarter- Finals (3)
Steinbach Pistons 3
 @ Neepawa Natives 2
(Best of 7 Series, Tied 1-1)
Selkirk Steelers 4 @ Portage Terriers 3
(Best of 7 Series, Tied 1-1)
Winkler Flyers 4 @ Virden Oil Capitals 1
(Winkler leads leads Best of 7 Series, 2-0)

North Central Hockey League final
**Game 1*

Russell Rams 2 Miniota/Elkhorn C Hawks 5
C-Hawks leads Best of 5 series, 1-0)

WHL (2)
Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 5
Everett Silvertips 3 @ Portland Winterhawks 4

The Sask. High School Provincial Curling Championships were held over the weekend

.At the Boys championship in Assiniboia, in the Gold Medal Game it was Carlyle hammering Spiritwood 9-2.

In the Girls provincials in Moose Jaw, it was Esterhazy with the silver-medal after dropping the championship game 9-4 to Saskatoon Holy Cross meanwhile Ituna lost the 3rd place game, 6-3 to Carnduff.
Also the 2017 Masters Curling championships wrapped up yesterday (Sunday)
In Birch Hills, Wadena's Delores Syrota won the Master's Womens title after beating Wendy Leach of Regina 6-2 in the Championship game
at the Masters' Men's championship in Shellbrook, Jim Wilson of Unity outlasted Saskatoon's Eugene Hritziuk 6-4.
The two winning teams will now represented Saskatchewan at the 2017 Canadian Masters' Curling championships being held April 3rd-9th, 2017 in Guelph, Ontario.


Also you have until 10PM SK time tonight (Monday) to cast your vote in for Ituna, who was one of the 10 finalists looking to become Kraft Hockeyville 2017.

You can cast your vote by clicking here:

Friday 10 March 2017

Swan Valley Stampeders Coaches Show - March 10th edition

Chat with Stampeders Asst. Coach Landon Kroeker

Yorkton Rawtec Maulers host Regina Pat Canadians for Game 2 of Best of 5 Semi-Final on Saturday

The Yorkton Rawtec Maulers host the Regina Pat Canadians this Sat, Mar. 12th at 8 pm at the FAA and we want to invite you all out to cheer us on as we work to tie up our second round series at 1 game apiece. 

We are very excited to allow everyone free admission to the game with the hope you will take $5 and let it ride in our 50/50 which we are guaranteeing at a $1000 pay out thanks to Jason Bulych with Powerrich Fertilizer Corp

. In appreciation to Yorkton Minor Hockey we want to encourage everyone to wear their Yorkton Hockey Jerseys to help promote our hockey programs!!