The Yorkton Hyundai Terriers took the latest installment of the Highway 10 battle on Friday night defeating the Melville Millionaires 4-3 in front of over 1600 fans at the Farrell Agencies Arena.
Evan Sare kicked off the scoring for the Terriers in 1st as he got credited with the goal after it went into the open net off of Mils' defenceman Dylan Thackeray to give the home-side the early lead.
The Mils tied it up in the dying seconds as a one-timer off the draw from Zach McInytre beat Phillipe Bond clean for the Rhein product's 16th of the season to tie it up at 1-1 after 20 minutes.
In the 2nd, the Terriers regained their lead as after a mad scramble in front Alec Zawatsky fed it over to Terrier Captain Chantz Petruic who put home his 56th of the season past a sprawled out Kaleb McEachern to make it 2-1.
But once again the Mils responded as just 25 seconds later, Kolton Leslie fed Jake Spake right in the slot and the first year Mils' forward made no mistake for his 5th of the season to even it up at 2-2 through 40 minutes.
In the 3rd the teams would exchange goals just 30 seconds apart early in the period from Petruic and Luke Nkwma, who scored his team-leading 21st of the season to once again draw the Mils even at 3-3.
Petruic, who was named the SJHL's Player of the Year and MVP on Thursday, netted the GWG on the PP to complete the Hat-Trick to wrap up the scoring.
Phillipe Bond made 29 saves on 32 shots for the Terriers before he left the game with an injury in the 3rd and was relieved by back-up Matthew Pesenti who turned aside all 7 shots he faced.
Mils' netminder Kaleb McEachern was netted with the loss notching 27 saves on 31 shots.
With the win, the Terriers clinched home-ice advantage in round 1 of the SJHL Canalta Cup playoffs.
The two teams will wrap up their 8 game season series when they meet tonight (Sat) at the Horizon Credit Union Center for a 7:30PM puck drop.
Post Game with Mils Interim Head Coach/GM Jarett Waldbauer
Elsewhere the SJHL,
Kindersley Klippers 4 Battlefords North Stars 5
Bombers 3 La Ronge Ice Wolves 4
Melfort Mustangs 4 Nipawin
Estevan Bruins 4 Weyburn Red Wings 1
19 year old Jaymes Knee had 1G 2A to lead the Waywayseecappo Wolverines to a 4-1 victory over the Neepawa Natives on the road.
Conrad Phillips, Kris Bladen and Brody Moffatt also scored for Wayway who got 24 saves from Colin Ahern in the win.
Will Highet replied with the lone marker for Neepawa.
The Wolverines' next game will be tonight (Sat) when they welcome the Virden Oil Capitals to the Waywayseecappo Arena Complex.
Wayway comes into the game just two points up on the Oil Caps and Dauphin Kings for 5th place in the MJHL standings.
Other Friday MJHL results:
OCN Blizzard 2 Portage Terriers 3
Winnipeg Blues 3
Dauphin Kings 4 OT
Steinbach Pistons 3 Selkirk Steelers 0