With a 7-2 win in Game 4 on Thursday night, the Estevan Bruins finished off a four game sweep of the Yorkton Terriers in their Semi-Final series, and have booked their ticket into the SJHL Championship series thanks to their eighth straight win. It took the Bruins 9 games (8 wins and an overtime loss in Game 1 vs Notre Dame) to reach the final.
Bruins’ captain Eric Houk led the charge with a goal and three assists in Game 4. Olivier Pouliot had a goal and an assist, and only played in three games in the series and put up seven points, and leads the league by a good margin, with 17 points (6g-11a) in eight games. Mikol Sartor also had seven points (3g-4a) in the four game sweep, including a goal and an assist on Thursday. Aleksa Babic, Billy Sawa, Eric Pearce and Keagon Little also scored, and Boston Bilous stopped all 30 shots he faced before giving way to Cam Hrdlicka for the final 10 minutes.
Yorkton’s captain also finished the series, and his junior career on a high note, as Kishaun Gervais had a goal and an assist. Gervais led the Terriers with 6-goals and 12-points in 11-playoff games. The #26 Gervais Terrier sweater will be hung up after it was filled for the better part of a decade, starting with Kishaun’s older brother Kailum who joined the Terriers in the 2011-2012 season and played five seasons, winning two league championships and an RBC Cup while Kishaun was the stickboy.
Colby Vranai added a goal for the Terriers in the dying moments.
While the Bruins are already off to the final, the other league semi is only through two games as Humboldt and Flin Flon resume their series Friday and Saturday in Flin Flon, with the Bombers holding a 2-0 edge and have a shot to join the Bruins in the championship as soon as this weekend. Game 5 would be next Tuesday in Humboldt should the Broncos pick up at least one win on the road this weekend.