Tuesday 31 October 2017

Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) relieve O'Brien of duties; name Hehr Interim Head Coach/GM

The Yorkton Terriers announce the termination of contract with Casey O’Brien as General Manager and Head Coach of the team effective October 31, 2017. 

We want to acknowledge Casey’s contributions to the Yorkton Terrier organization.

"The team was underachieving, it just wasn't the right chemistry right now", Terriers President Dave Baron said in a phone interview this morning (Tues)

Casey joined the Yorkton Terrier organization in August, 2011 as Assistant Coach.  Casey contributed to the team’s success on the ice as they captured two division pennants (2013,2014), an SJHL regular season pennant (2014), 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.

Casey took over as the team’s General Manager and Head Coach in September, 2016.

Casey was named the first ever recipient of the SJHL Dwight MacMillan Assistant Coach of the Year award for the 2015/16 season.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and all Yorkton Terrier supporters, we thank Casey for all of his hard work and dedication to the team over the past six years and we wish Casey and his family all the best in their future endeavors

(Terriers Press Release)

Terriers President Dave Baron chats about the coaching change

Interim Head Coach/GM Mat Hehr chats about the new role

Sunday 29 October 2017

Local Recap of SHSAA Provincial Soccer Championships

In 2A Boys Championships in Yorkton
The Yorkton Sacred Heart Saints captured the Bronze medal on home turf after a 8-0 over Regina-Sheldon.

Nick Fetsch led the way for the Saints with 4 goals.

In the Gold Medal game,

The Humboldt Mohawks earned the Gold Medal after a 4-0 win over North Battleford John Paul II.

In 3A Boys Championship in Balgonie
The Yorkton Regional boys fell in the Bronze medal match, 2-1 to Prince Albert Carlton.

In 2A Girls championship in Moose Jaw

The Yorkton Sacred Heart Lady's lost to the host Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings in the Bronze Medal game, 3-1.

Local Recap of Saturday's SHSAA Provincial Football Playoffs

Moose Jaw 3A 12-Man High School Football League Final

Swift Current Colts 2  Yorkton Regional Raider Gridders 59 -


1A 6-Man Quarter-Finals 

Viscount Vikings 42 @ Raymore Rebels 80


 Dalmeny Cougars 68   Wynyard Golden Bears 52


 Melville Cobras 32  Nipawin L.P Miller Bears 43
Indian Head Broncs 28  Delisle Rebels 15
Tisdale Tornadoes 14   Foam Lake Panthers 21


 Humboldt Mohawks 14  Esterhazy Warriors 9
 Fort Qu'Appelle Bison 0   Kindersley Cobras 53

Friday 27 October 2017

Terriers begin road trip falling on the road in Humboldt

The Yorkton Terriers began their 3 game in 3 night road trip on the wrong foot last night (Thurs) losing 6-0 to the Humboldt Broncos at the Elgar Peterson Arena.

The Broncos would strike first just 4:06 into the 1st period as Humboldt product Reagan Poncelet would deflect home a point shot from Ryan Straschnitzki past goaltender Nolan Maier for his 1st SJHL goal to give the home side a early 1-0 lead. Then just 1:18 later, the Broncos would strike again as Logan Schatz would step across the Terrier blue-line and go top shelf for his team leading 7th of the season to make it 2-0 Humboldt after 1 period. Shots 10-6 Yorkton.

Logan Schatz would add to the Bronco lead just 6:09 into the 2nd as he took a nice feed in front from Kaleb Dahlgren and put it over the left shoulder of the Terriers net minder for his 2nd of the night to make it 3-0. The Broncos would add a couple more before the 2nd period buzzer went as Logan  Hunter would get his 5th and 6th goals of the year to make it 5-0 Broncos after 40 minutes of play.

The Broncos would strike one more time in the final minute of the 3rd period as Connor Lukan would bang home the 2nd Humboldt PP goal of the night for his 2nd of the year to make it a 6 goal Bronco win.

19 year old Sam-Jaxon Visscher made 22 saves on the night for his first shutout of the season while Terrier netminder Nolan Maier made 42 saves on 48 shots in the loss.

The Terriers continue their road trip tonight (Fri) when they start first of 2 games against the Battlefords North Stars at the Civic Center.

Thursday 26 October 2017

Yorkton Raider Gridders Coaches Show - Oct 26th edition

Joined this week by Raider Gridder Head Coach Roby Sharpe and running back Braden Kitchen

Yorkton Raider Gridders host the Swift Current Colts in the Moose Jaw 3A 12-Man High School Football League Final on Saturday. Oct 28th at 2PM from the Kinsmen Century Field. 

Terriers trade 20 year old F Perkins to La Ronge

The Yorkton Terriers have made a trade with the La Ronge Ice Wolves.

The Terriers dealt 20 year old forward Matthew Perkins to the Ice Wolves for a player development fee.

The White City SK product had 5 goals, 15 assists for 20 points in 118 career games with the Terriers

This year he had 1 assist in 13 games.

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Melville Millionaires Coaches Show - Oct 25th (presented by Melville's Future Ford)



In this weeks "Future Ford" Melville Millionaires Coaches Show, Head Coach/GM Devin Windle recaps the team getting 3 of 4 points against Humboldt, the little break and teams recent flurry of movement. 


Mils Trade Scantlebury to Lloydminster (AJHL); acquire F Embree from Steinbach (MJHL)

Meanwhile the Mils have also swung another couple trades as first they sent 19 year old F Tucker Scantlebury to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL in exchange for 19 year old F Braeden Nesbitt and future considerations.

Scantlebury, who hails from Foxwarren MB had 29 points in 54 career games with the Millionaires.

Nesbitt had 3 assists in 11 games with the Bobcats this season.

Then the Mils acquired big 19 year old F Issac Embree (pictured above) from the Steinbach Pistons in exchange for 20 year old F Daniel McKitrick.

Embree who hails from Delta BC had 4G 9A for 13 points in 14 games with the Estevan Bruins this season

Embree was dealt by Estevan to Steinbach earlier in the day. 

McKitrick was acquired from Portage by Melville for Rylee Zimmer last week.

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Swan Valley drops their 3rd straight, losing 6-3 to visiting Virden

The Swan Valley Stampeders dropped their 3rd straight game on Tuesday night, losing 6-3 to the visiting Virden Oil Capitals at the Centennial Arena in Swan River.

After a back and forth first half the opening period, the Oil Capitals would strike on their first powerplay of the night as Darren Gisti clapper would beat a screened Brett Evans for his 5th of the season to make it 1-0. They would add to their lead just under 2 minutes later as Brayden Pawluk's writer would sneak through the five-hole of the Stamps' net minder for his 1st MJHL goal to make it a 2 goal lead for the visitors after 1 period with the shots favouring Virden as well at 12-6.

The Oil Caps would make it a 3-0 lead just 6:46 into the 2nd as Kolten Kanaski would go top shelf over the left shoulder of Evans for his 6th of the season. The Stamps would get on the board a short time later on the PP as Trevar Mann would finish off a nice tic-tac-toe passing from line mates Connor Navrot and Keaton Jameson for his 4th to make it 3-1. But with just 1 minute remaining in the middle frame, Tristen Cross would regain the 3 goal lead for Virden with his 1st of the campaign to make it 4-1 after 40 minutes.

The Stampeders would come out with another strong start to their period as Jake Besnilain would bang home his first as a Stampeder and 1st in the MJHL to make it a 4-2 game. But once again the Oil Caps would once again respond a short-time later as this time its Justin Lee with a nice feed from Josh Belcher, he would get his 2nd of the year to make it 5-2. The two teams would exchange goals in the late stages of the 3rd from Sam Harris (SV) and Kanaski (VIR) as the Oil Caps held on for the 6-3 win.

Dalton Dosch made 29 saves on 32 shots for his 2nd win of the season in Virden goal, meanwhile Brett Evans turned aside 20 shots for Swan in the losing cause.

The Stampeders' next game will be on Wed. Nov 1st when they are up in OCN to take on the Blizzard at 7PM MB time. The Oil Caps will go right back at it in OCN on Wednesday night.

Monday 23 October 2017

Yorkton Terriers Coaches Show- Oct. 23rd (presented by Merit Ford in Esterhazy)

In this weeks edition of the Yorkton Terriers Report (presented by Merit Ford: Esterhazy), Head Coach/GM Casey O'Brien recaps his teams wins this past week against Nipawin & win against Estevan, previews this weeks 3 game road trip through Humboldt and Battlefords. 

Local Weekend Recap

Sunday Recap at 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary

The 2017 WHL Cup wrapped up on Sunday in Calgary, Alberta. 

In the Bronze Medal game 

Four different Manitoba players scored as they won their second straight bronze medal at the WHL Cup with a 4-2 victory over Saskatchewan.

Ty Thorpe had a goal and an assist while Swan Valley Stampeder prospect Cory King scored the game-winning goal 

Roblin's Jacob Brook also scored for Manitoba while Yorkton product Jackson Berezowski replied with one of the markers for Saskatchewan 

The medal was Manitoba’s sixth in the history of the tournament while Saskatchewan’s record in bronze medal games dropped to 2-5 overall.

Manitoba consisted of Brook and Birtle's Brody Wilson.

The Saskatchewan team consisted of Berezowski, fellow Yorkton product's Ryder Korczak and Austin Dycer along with Wadena's Brett Fogg. Meanwhile Yorkton Terrier Asst. Coach Mat Hehr, Whitewood product Taras McEwen and former Melville Millionaire Gord Burnett were members of the Saskatchewan coaching staff. 

Meanwhile in the Gold Medal game, 

Team British Columbia defeated Alberta 4-3 in OT. 

Yorkton Raider Gridders set to host first Moose Jaw High School League Final 
The Yorkton Raider Gridders will host their first ever league finals after a 59-0 win over the Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings on Saturday afternoon 
The Raider Gridders will now host the first league final in the Moose Jaw 3A 12-Man High School Football league because there is not a Moose Jaw-based team in the final. 
The only remaining team from that city that was left was the Moose Jaw Peacock Tornadoes but they lost 36-15 to the Swift Current Colts. 
The Colts will now be at Kinsmen Century Field in Yorkton on Saturday Oct 28th at 2PM to take on the Gridders for the 2017 league title. 

Quite the Saturday for Kelvington
The town of Kelvington is now in possession of the banner that honoured him in Toronto.
As part of the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial season, the town of Kelvington accepted the banner of  hometown hero #17 Wendel Clark which was in the Air Canada Center. 
Kelvington Mayor Tracey Sauer also announced that the street with local arena on it will now be made "Wendel Clark Way". 

Melville umpire wins Provincial Award

Melville's Simeret Miller captured the Baseball Saskatchewan award of "Junior Umpire of the Year." 

The 17 year old, who has umped for the last 4 years received her award at the annual Baseball Saskatchewan Awards Dinner in Saskatoon over the weekend. 
Sask. High School Regional Soccer Playdowns wrapped up 
In 2A Boys in Yorkton, 
The Yorkton Sacred Heart Saints captured the regional title on home turf with a 12-1 win over Kipling in the title game. 
Kipling advanced after a 13-0 win over Moosomin. 
The Saints will host the 2A Boys Provincial championships in Yorkton this Friday and Saturday 

In 3A Boys in Weyburn, 
The Yorkton Regional Raiders defeated the host Weyburn in the title game 4-0. 
Yorkton advances to the 3A Boys Provincial championships this Friday and Saturday in Balgonie 

In 2A Girls in Regina, 
The Yorkton Sacred Heart Saints fell in the championship game to Regina Luther 3-0. 
The Saints advanced to the finals after wins over Regina Martin and Moosomin in their opening two games. 

In 3A Girls at Yorkton Regional, 
The host Yorkton Regional fell in the championship game, 9-0 to Weyburn. 
Yorkton advance to the final after a 8-1 win over Estevan. 

Saturdays Local Scores 

2017 WHL Cup in Calgary, Alberta (2)

(Semi-Final) -  Team Manitoba 1  vs. Team Alberta 7
(Semi-Final)-  Team Saskatchewan 0  vs Team B.C. 7

**(Yorkton products Austin Dycer, Ryder Korczak & Jackson Berezowski and Wadena's Brett Fogg are a part of Team Sask while Terriers Asst. Coach Mat Hehr & Whitewood product Taras McEwen are members of the coaching staff)

**(Birtle's Brody Wilson and Roblin's Jacob Brook are members of Team Manitoba)

SJHL (5)

Yorkton Terriers 2 @ Estevan Bruins 1
Melville Millionaires 3 @ Humboldt Broncos 1

Nipawin Hawks 1 @ Weyburn Red Wings 3
Flin Flon Bombers 2 @ Battlefords North Stars 4
Melfort Mustangs 0 @ Kindersley Klippers 2

MJHL (4)
Swan Valley Stampeders 0 @ Selkirk Steelers 1
Portage Terriers 8 @ Wayway Wolverines 1
Winkler Flyers 2 @ Dauphin Kings 0
OCN Blizzard 5 @ Winnipeg Blues 6 OT

Prairie Junior Hockey League (4)
Fort Knox 6
@ Regina Silver Foxes 2
Delisle Chiefs 4 @ West Central Rage 1
Assiniboia Southern Rebels 6 @ Prince Albert Titans 3
Pilot Butte Strom 5 @ Saskatoon Westleys 2

Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League

Melville Prairie Fire 1 @ Swift Current Wildcats 5
Battlefords Sharks 2 @ Regina Rebels 9
Prince Albert Bears 2 @ Saskatoon Stars 4

South Sask Hockey League
**Midget AA division*

Yorkton Kinsmen Terriers 3 @ Regina Capitals 4 OT
Weyburn Wings 5 @ Melville Millionaires 5 TIE
**Pee Wee AA division**
Melville Millionaires 7
@ Moose Jaw Warriors 6
Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Yorkton CWB Terriers 8

Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League Showcase in  Portage

Winnipeg Thrashers 1 vs. Yellowhead Chiefs 2
Parkland Rangers 2 vs. Winnipeg Bruins 5
Kenora Thistles 2 vs. Southwest Cougars 4

Saskatchewan Midget 'AAA' Hockey League (2)

Moose Jaw Generals 5 @ Notre Dame Argos 2
Saskatoon Contacts 2 @ Notre Dame Hounds 7


Canada West University Football (3)
UBC Thunderbirds 17
@ Manitoba Bisons 16
Saskatchewan Huskies 23 @ Alberta Goldenbears 49
Calgary Dinos 42 @ Regina Rams 30

CFL Football (2)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28 @ Toronto Argonauts 29
Edmonton Eskimos 35 @ BC Lions 29 OT



2017 WHL Cup in Calgary, Alberta (2)
(Bronze Medal Game) -  Manitoba 4 vs. Saskatchewan 2

(Gold Medal Game)- Alberta 3 vs British Columbia 4 OT

**(Yorkton products Austin Dycer, Ryder Korczak & Jackson Berezowski and Wadena's Brett Fogg are a part of Team Sask while Terriers Asst. Coach Mat Hehr & Whitewood product Taras McEwen are members of the coaching staff)

**(Birtle's Brody Wilson and Roblin's Jacob Brook are members of Team Manitoba)

Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League
Melville Prairie Fire 5
 @ Swift Current Wildcats 4
Battlefords Sharks 1 @ Regina Rebels 2
Prince Albert Bears 1 @ Saskatoon Stars 5

South Sask Hockey League

**Midget AA division**
Weyburn Wings 8
Yorkton Kinsmen Terriers 1
Moose Jaw Warriors 5  Melville Millionaires 7

**Pee Wee AA division**

Melville Millionaires 9 Moose Jaw Warriors 10
Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Yorkton CWB Terriers 2

Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League Showcase in Portage

Norman North Stars 5 vs. Parkland Rangers 8
Southwest Cougars 1 vs. Winnipeg Wild 7
Yellowhead Chiefs 3 vs.
Pembina Valley Hawks 5

SJHL (1)
Nipawin Hawks 1 @ Notre Dame Hounds 2

MJHL (3)
Neepawa Natives2 @ Portage Terriers 4
OCN Blizzard 0 @ Steinbach Pistins 7
Winkler Flyers 5 @ Virden Oil Capitals  4

Prairie Junior Hockey League (3)

Saskatoon Royals 0 @
Regina Capitals 4
Saskatoon Quakers 6
@ Delisle Chiefs 3
Assiniboia Southern Rebels 2 @ Carrot River Thunder 3.

Saskatchewan Midget 'AAA' Hockey League (1)
Regina Pat Canadians 4 @ Notre Dame Argos 1

Prairie Junior Football Conference Final (1)

Regina Thunder 24 @ Saskatoon Hilltops 36

CFL Football (1)
Hamilton Tiger Cats 43 @ Montreal Alouettes 16

Sunday 22 October 2017

Mils; Terriers victorious on the road on Saturday Night

The Yorkton Terriers snapped a 3 game winless streak on Saturday night with a 5-4 win over the Estevan Bruins.

Will Brochu (2 goals) & Chantz Petruic (1G 2A) led the way offensively for the Terriers while Cody Bruchkowski and Austen Flaman (1st SJHL goal) also scored for the visitors.

Matthew Chekay, Michael McChesney, Issac Embree and Jake Heerspink replied for the Bruins.

16 year old Yorkton product Nolan Maier was outstanding for the Terriers to earn his 1st SJHL win stopping 45 of 49 shots while Max Sidelink made 30 saves in the loss.

The Terriers next game will be on Thursday night when they visit the Humboldt Broncos at the Elgar Peterson Arena. GX94 will broadcast the game with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, pregame 7:20 pxp at 7:30.

Elsewhere in Humboldt,

The Melville Millionaires earned their 4th win of the season as they held on for a 3-2 win over the Humboldt Broncos.

Tyler Millar scored the first 2 goals for the Millionaires while Montana Streit had the game winner for the Moneymen.

Logan Hunter and Logan Schatz replied for the Broncos.

Colby Entz made 24 saves for the victory in the Mils goal while Jacob Wasserman made 26 stops in the loss.

The Millionaires next game won't be until Wed. Nov 1st when they host the Weyburn Red Wings. We will broadcast that game on GX94 as well with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey, pregame 7:20.

Other Scores: 

Battlefords over Flin Flon 5-2
Kindersley defeat Melfort 3-2
Weyburn over Nipawin 3-1


In the MJHL,

The Swan Valley Stampeders earned only 1 out of a possible 4 points on their weekend road trip after falling 3-1 to the Selkirk Steelers on Saturday night.

The Stamps fell in overtime to Steinbach Pistons, one night earlier.

Shanan McFadden, Carter Barley and Ryan Piwniuk scored for the Steelers while Jaden Townsend replied for Swan Valley.

Hayden Dola got the win for the Steelers making 35 saves while Brett Evans made 30 saves on 33 shots in the losing cause.

The Stamps next game will be on Tuesday night when they host the Virden Oil Capitals. Pregame show at 7:20, pxp at 7:30PM MB time on Gx94 with Yorkton Dodge Junior Hockey.

Other Results: 

Winnipeg edged OCN 6-5 (OT)
Winkler doubled up Dauphin 2-1
Portage hammered Wayway 8-1

Saturday 21 October 2017

Friday Night Local Junior A Recap

The Melville Millionaires used a 3rd period comeback to get a point but they fell in a marathon shootout, 3-2 to the Humboldt Broncos.

Stephen Wack got the winner for the visitors in the 14th round of the shootout while Kaleb Dahlgren and Derek Patter also scored for the Broncos.

Dayton Heino and Trevor Paradise had the goals for the Mils.

Jacob Wasserman made 23 saves for the win while Mils netminder Colby Entz stopped 34 shots in the losing cause.

The Mils/Broncos meet tonight (Sat) in the back-end of the home and home series at 7:30 from the Elgar Peterson Arena.

Meanwhile in the MJHL,

The Swan Valley Stampeders now have points in back to back games as they fell 5-4 in overtime on the road to the Steinbach Pistons.

Darby Gula had the winner on the PP in overtime while Easton Bennett, Braden Purtill, Danny Pion and Drew Worrad also chipped in for the Stamps.

Trevar Mann had 2 goals for the Stamps while Stephon Perrault and Matt Osadick also scored.

Matt Radomsky made 35 saves for Steinbach while Brett Evans turned aside 34 of 39 shots in the loss.

The Stampeders wrap up their road trip tonight (Sat) when they visit the Selkirk Steelers.

Friday 20 October 2017

Swan Valley Stampeders Coaches Show -Oct 20th edition (presented by Valley Bearing & Auto)


In this weeks "Valley Bearing & Auto" Swan Valley Stampeders Coaches Show, Head Coach/GM Taurean White recaps last weekends road trip, Tuesday's win in Dauphin and previews this weekends roady with Steinbach and Selkirk.

Mils acquire D Thompson from Portage (MJHL)

For the 2nd time in less than a week the Melville Millionaires and Portage Terriers have made a deal.

The Mils have acquired 19 year old defenseman Cole Thompson (pictured above right) along with future considerations from the Terriers in exchange for fellow 19 year old defenseman Troy Williams (pictured above left).

Thompson, who comes from Devils Lake, ND had 3 assists in 7 games with the Terriers this season. He spent last season with the Minnesota Iron Rangers (SIJHL) compiling 10 goals, 23 assists for 33 points in 45 games.

Williams, had 1 point in 2 games with the Mils this season.

Day 2 Local Recap of the 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary

(WHL Press Release)

Manitoba 3 at Saskatchewan 4

Whatever doubts existed for Saskatchewan after their first game at the 2017 Western Hockey League Cup disappeared Thursday.

Saskatchewan made things interesting in the standings with a 4-3 win over Manitoba, giving both teams 1-1 records after their first two games inside the Markin MacPhail Arena at Winsport in Calgary, Alta.

Ethan Ernst (Kelowna Rockets) scored a pair of goals for Saskatchewan, while defenceman Austin Dycer (Medicine Hat Tigers) scored the game-winning goal on a shot tipped by a Manitoba defenceman and into his own net midway through the third period.

Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks), Manitoba’s hero from Wednesday, continued to bring flash and flare to his province’s offensive attack, creating numerous chances in the first and requiring Saskatchewan goaltender Bryan Thompson (Red Deer Rebels) to be at his best.

That pressure kept building in the first minutes before Manitoba finally broke through. With Noah Wagner (Brandon Wheat Kings) battling for control of the puck on a dump-in, the Winnipeg native tied up his defender long enough for Brody Wilson (Kelowna Rockets) to step out to the side of the net with the puck unchallenged and beat Thompson for the first goal of the game.

Wagner continued to help his team at both ends of the ice, blocking a shot to keep Saskatchewan at bay while a tough shot from the point Nolan Ritchie (Brandon Wheat Kings) was handled easily by Thompson.

Saskatchewan was too hungry for a win on Thursday though, creating a three-on-one opportunity just past the midway mark of the first period. On that rush, Weyburn, Sask. native Ernst elected to shoot, scoring his first of the game on Nikulas Jerris to even things up after 20 minutes.

Manitoba kept up the pressure in the second. Defenceman Jakob Brook (Prince Albert Raiders) cut into the slot and rang the puck off the left post. Two Saskatchewan penalties put them on the defensive as Manitoba kept pressing for the go-ahead goal. Perhaps the best chance from those power play came for Stanley Cooley (Prince George Cougars) as he broke in on a short-handed chance and was barely knocked off the puck to snuff out the chance.

That was only a sign of things to come though as James Form (Kootenay ICE) was allowed to go unchallenged in front of the net, where he potted a rebound to put his Saskatchewan side ahead heading to the third.

Ernst doubled his province’s lead early in the third on a power play, cutting across the slot and sniping his second of the game past Jerris. That goal seemed to wake up Manitoba, as they picked up their strong pace of play minutes later.

Wagner continued to contribute offensively, dishing the puck from behind the net to Jackson Klewchuk, who was alone long enough in the slot to put his first of the tournament, bringing Manitoba within one.

It didn’t take Manitoba long after to tie up the game. Brook controlled the puck in the corner and sent a pass through the front of the crease to a wide-open Ritchie, who had all the time and space he needed to even up the game.

Despite furiously charging back, Manitoba would cause their own demise on a power play midway through the period. After taking a cross-ice feed from Alex Ozar (Saskatoon Blades), Dycer put all his strength into a shot from the blue line, though the puck changed direction after hitting the stick of a Manitoba defenceman, beating a surprised Jerris for the game-winning goal.

The win brought both teams to 1-1 in the standings, with Manitoba still edging their provincial neighbours on goal-differential.

Day Three at the 2017 WHL Cup
With wins from Saskatchewan and Alberta, an exciting third day of the tournament will take place Friday at the Markin MacPhail Centre.

Alberta has already claimed one of the top two spots in the round robin, with a 2-0 record so far. They’ll face the 1-1 squad from Manitoba, who will need a victory to secure themselves home-ice advantage in Saturday’s semi-finals. The game will still be important to Alberta, who can guarantee home-ice advantage through to Sunday’s medal games with a win.

Friday’s early game will pit a 1-1 Saskatchewan squad against an 0-1-0-1 squad from British Columbia. It goes without saying that a win is a must for B.C., who can still finish in second place with a regulation win and a Manitoba regulation loss.

Saskatchewan will be fighting for their own shot at second place, with a regulation victory giving them the best shot at claiming home-ice for one of Saturday’s semi-finals.

Thursday 19 October 2017

Yorkton Raider Gridder Coaches Show - Oct 19th edition

Joined this week by Raider Gridder Head Coach Roby Sharpe and Grade 12 receiver/DB Matthew Balysky

Yorkton Raider Gridders host the Moose Jaw Vanier Vikings in Moose Jaw 3A 12-Man High School Football League Semi-Final action on Saturday. Oct 21st at 2PM from Kinsmen Century Field.

Melville Millionaires Coaches Show - Oct 18th (presented by Melville's Future Ford)



In this weeks "Future Ford" Melville Millionaires Coaches Show, Head Coach/GM Devin Windle recaps the teams stretch of games against Battlefords, Kindersley and Notre Dame and previews this weekends home and home with Humboldt.

Day 1 Recap of 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary

(WHL Press Release)

Alberta and Manitoba emerged victorious from Wednesday’s opening contests at the 2017 WHL Cup from inside the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alta.
Manitoba (3) at British Columbia (2) (SO)
Portland Winterhawks prospect Seth Jarvis had himself a game to remember, but didn’t find his way onto the scoresheet until the shootout, when he notched the winning goal to lift Manitoba over British Columbia by a 3-2 score.
Both teams were at each other from the opening puck drop. Undisciplined play from the home side resulted in three first period power-play chances for Manitoba, which generated some solid chances as Jarvis got his first few shots of the game. British Columbia found their way onto the man-advantage later on into the first, but Manitoba goaltender Nikulas Jerris was equal to the task, making 15 first period saves.
Manitoba finally made use of a power play early in the second. With Justin Sourdif (Vancouver Giants) in the box for British Columbia, a scramble in the crease eventually saw the puck cross the line for the first goal of the tournament, with Winnipeg native Reese Belton (Kamloops Blazers) eventually getting credit for his first of the tournament.
British Columbia answered right back on the power play 10:24 into the period as Tanner Brown (Vancouver Giants) scored his province’s first goal of the tournament on a knuckle puck of sorts through traffic even up the game.
To their credit, Manitoba kept coming. Luc Benedictson (Calgary Hitmen) was in the right place at the right time as he potted a loose rebound past Koen MacInnes (Saskatoon Blades) at the side of the net to restore his team’s one-goal lead.
The back-and-forth action kept coming with both teams earning high-quality chances with Jerris and MacInnes doing their upmost to keep the game close.
MacInnes’ saves eventually bided enough time for his team to strike at the other end. Payton Mount (Seattle Thunderbirds) found himself on a two-on-one and fed the puck over to Cole Shepard (Vancouver Giants), who evened up the scoring after 40 minutes.
The third period featured everything but scoring. British Columbia defenceman Ryan Helliwell (Portland Winterhawks) delivered a big hit along the boards to Manitoba forward Jakob Brook (Prince Albert Raiders), sending him off the ice temporarily. Brook would return though, showing no ill effects.
The scoring chances kept coming for both teams. Ty Thorpe (Victoria Royals) fed the puck to Brandon, Man. native Nolan Ritchie (Brandon Wheat Kings, who put a strong shot on net that was juggled by MacInnes before he eventually caught it in his glove.
Jarvis continued to get closer to finding the back of the net in overtime, breaking in on the wing and shooting the puck just wide of the net.
The game would head to a shootout. Electing to shoot first, British Columbia’s Kalen Szeto (Saskatoon Blades) was stopped by Jerris on his shot attempt. Shooting second, Manitoba’s Cory King (Moose Jaw Warriors) beat MacInnes to put his side up by a goal.
Helliwell answered back in the second round for British Columbia, beating Jerris. Ritchie missed on his attempt to keep the two teams even in the shootout.
Cole Shepard (Vancouver Giants) missed on his attempt for B.C., setting the stage for Jarvis, who shot third and made no mistake on beat MacInnes to deliver Manitoba an important victory.
Alberta (8) at Saskatchewan (3)
As the top pick from the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft, Kaiden Guhle knew there was going to be eyes on him Wednesday as his province opened their WHL Cup round-robin schedule against Saskatchewan.
The Prince Albert Raiders prospect didn’t disappoint them either, scoring a pair of goals while teammate Noah Boyko (Lethbridge Hurricanes) added a goal and three points in an 8-3 victory for Alberta at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alta.
“The boys were just really working together really well,” said Guile, who serves as an alternate captain for Alberta. “Everything we did just seemed to work and we got a couple good bounces. We were just doing good work together.”
At the other end of the ice, Garin Bjorklund (Medicine Hat Tigers) started the contest for the Wild Rose province, allowing one goal in 30:02 of action and earning the victory. He then gave way to Sebastian Cossa (Edmonton Oil Kings), who allowed two goals during his stint in net.
Saskatchewan were the first team to put a puck past an opposing goaltender Wednesday, but it was immediately waved off by the referee, who was in a good position to see the puck gloved into the net, keeping the score at 0-0.
With Bjorkland and Saskatchewan goaltender Bryan Thompson (Red Deer Rebels) turning aside shots, Alberta was the first to strike as Ridly Greig (Brandon Wheat Kings) was sprung in on a break away, scoring Alberta’s first goal of the tournament 15:38 into the period.
That late goal would be the only one of the first, but would spark Alberta’s offence for the following two periods. Boyko doubled Alberta’s lead exactly one minute into the second. Meanwhile Bjorklund continued to turn aside the shots he did face, though Saskatchewan eventually broke through for their first goal, as Kaden Kohle (Tri-City Americans) tipped an Alex Ozar (Saskatoon Blades) point shot on the power play to cut the lead in half.
“Our team had a lot of high expectations so finally getting out there and getting with the boys and seeing how good we are is really [good],” Boyko said.
Alberta restored their two-goal lead six minutes later as Guhle potted his first of two goals by banking the puck into the net off Saskatchewan forward James Form (Kootenay ICE). Exactly 90 seconds later, Connor McClennon (Kootenay ICE) added to his team’s lead with his first of the tournament.
Cohner Saleski (Prince Albert Raiders) brought Saskatchewan within two after 40 minutes, but Alberta kept coming on what was at time a frustrating first game for the fourth-place finishers from 2016. Saskatchewan captain Ryder Korczak (Calgary Hitmen) acknowledged the talented roster Alberta had put together, but felt his team still played well despite the score.
“They’re a good team; they’re very skilled,” Korczak said. “We’ve just got to get the puck to the net and get in the [offensive] zone a bit more.
“Our goalie played a really good game actually.”
The third period didn’t bring much relief to Saskatchewan as Ethan Rowland (Red Deer Rebels), Logan Dowhaniuk (Edmonton Oil Kings), Guhle and Jordan Borysiuk (Red Deer Rebels) all added goals to round out the scoring.
Bjorklund faced eight shots in the game, making some spectacular saves in-tight against Saskatchewan. Cossa allowed two goals on nine shots during his time in net. Thompson finished with 31 saves on 39 shots, but still managed some spectacular saves, including a beautiful toe save on Rowland to keep Alberta from securing another goal.
Day 2 at the 2017 WHL Cup 
The teams will switch up opponents for Thursday’s contests as the tournament enters its second day.
Alberta will host British Columbia while Saskatchewan will host Manitoba. Players like Boyko were expecting a nothing short of a fierce challenge Thursday evening against their provincial neighbours to the west.
“I think they’ll be a bit stronger than Saskatchewan,” Boyko added. “Every team is good here, but we can’t be turning pucks over and I think we just have to work hard and move our feet.”
At 0-1, Saskatchewan will be heading into a make-or-break game against their other provincial neighbour in the afternoon contest. Korczak believed his team was close to finding the winning formula to get them on the board at the tournament.
“We’ve just got to get shots on net,” Korczak continued. “They’ve got some skill but we like to grind so we’ve got to get pucks to the net and get shots.”