By Craig Stein
The Yorkton Terriers scored four three third period goals on nine shots to open up a lead, and they hung on in the third period for a 4-2 final over the Notre Dame Hounds in Game 1 of their Best-of-Three Wild Card series.
The Hounds scored first when Charles Martin scored from the point on the powerplay. Branden Klatt tied things up before the opening frame was over.
Dino Antoniadis, Chantz Petruic and Colby Brandt scored in the second period and Jared Legien picked up two assists. Ryan Ouellette turned away 35 of the 37 shots he faced.
Kyle Robinson added a late third period goal for the Hounds, who pulled goaltender Riley Kohonick in the final minute but were unable to get any closer.
Game 2 goes Sunday night in Wilcox, and if the Hounds can even it up, Game 3 would go back in Yorkton on Tuesday.
The Flin Flon Bombers hold the cards in their favour after winning Game 1 of their Wild Card series, 7-3 in Weyburn.
Due to roughly 800 kilometres between the two clubs, and needing to play a Best of Three series in four or five days, the lower-seeded Wings hosted the opener, and now the Bombers return home with two cracks to finish it off, Sunday, and if necessary Monday.
The Bombers stormed out to a 4-0 first period lead, and former Red Wing Cade Kowalski (1g-1a) started things off just 2:17 into the game. Daylan Marchi (1g-2a) finished with a three point night, while Vincent Nardone, Ryder Richmond and Nate Hooper all had a goal and an assist. Mason Martin and Alec Cokley also added goals. Cokely scored one regular season goal and it came in Game 54 of 55 for him, last Saturday in La Ronge. He wasted no time potting his first playoff goal, scoring short-handed late in the first period of Game 1. Gabriel Waked made 24/27 saves in the win.
When it looked like the route was on, Weyburn’s Jacob Piller scored three times in the second period, the last two coming just 42 seconds apart. Drew Anderson and former Bomber (traded for Kowalski) Dawson McKenzie each added two assists.