It was a standout performance by one Yorkton Terriers player that sank the Battlefords North Stars’ 15-game winning streak on Wednesday night.
Chantz Petruic’s four goals, and two assists, toppled the North Stars and ended both the win streak and likely their position on top of the national CJHL rankings, at least for now.
The North Stars did get on the board first with Timon Prexler’s first of the season from Dylan Esau at 1:49. But Petruic’s goal at 12:47 of the first, assisted by Ethan Robson and former North Star Ryan Granville, tied it up at 1-1 through one.
Quintin Loon-Stewardson’s 18th of the season from Noah Form gave the North Stars the lead in the second, but an unassisted goal by Petruic at 18:36, followed by another Petruic goal from Jordan Guiney and Ryan Ries at 19:09, put Yorkton in front through two.
Petruic’s fourth goal of the night and 28th of the season came 30 seconds into period three, Guiney and Ries assisting again. But as has been typical throughout this season, the North Stars came back and tied things up with goals from Kaden Boser on the power play and then Quintin Loon-Stewardson shorthanded at 16:34.
But with Rylan Nivon in the box for hooking, Steven Norum scored from Petruic and Tyson Janzen on the power play at 18:14 to give the Terriers the lead. Jordan Guiney’s empty net goal with ten seconds left, Petruic assisting again, was the exclamation mark on Yorkton’s big win over the Battlefords.
The North Stars had outshot Yorkton 33-25; Parker Rey stopped nine of 12 while Adam Dmyterko stopped 10 of 12.
The North Stars now have a long stretch of nine days off before they are in action again, at home to Estevan Nov. 22 and Weyburn Nov. 23.