Gatzke and Terriers win Canalta Cup in series sweep

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Swift Current’s Daylan Gatzke helped the Yorkton Terriers to a second straight Canalta Cup as the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League champions. The Terriers swept the rival Melville Millionaires four games to zero in the championship series, capped by a 4-0 win on Wednesday.

Yorkton opened the series with a pair of 2-1 overtime wins at home. They won 3-1 in Melville and then closed the series out with their first shutout win in 14 playoff games.

Gatzke, a second-year forward, finished with 10 goals, nine assists, and 64 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games. He added two goals and 10 penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.

Regina’s Dylan Baer, a former defenseman with the Swift Current Home Hardware AAA Legionnaires, also played for Yorkton. He had five points in 14 playoffs game, including a goal in the clinching game. Baer posted 13 points and 101 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games during his third season with the Terriers.

The Terriers were the SJHL’s top team in the regular season with a 37-12-2-5 record. They had to work for it in the playoffs with half of their games going to overtime as they finished with a 6-1 record in overtime and a 12-1-0-1 overall record in the playoffs. It was the Terriers’ fourth SJHL championship win in the past 10 years.

The Terriers will return to the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Dauphin, MB as the SJHL champions. They will open the tournament against the Manitoba Junior Hockey League champion Winnipeg Blues on April 26.

They will also face the host Dauphin Kings on Sunday, the Alberta Junior Hockey League champions on Tuesday and the British Columbia Hockey League champions on Wednesday. The playoffs will begin May 3 and conclude the following day. The top two teams will advance to the RBC Cup in Vernon, BC.

The Terriers played in the Western Canada Cup last year in Nanaimo and missed a trip to the RBC Cup by one win in a 1-0 loss to the Brooks Bandits in the tournament finale.

Organizations: Yorkton Terriers, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Swift Current Home Hardware AAA Legionnaires Crescent Point Energy Manitoba Junior Hockey League Alberta Junior Hockey League British Columbia Hockey League SJHL

Geographic location: Yorkton, Swift Current, Melville Western Canada Dauphin Vernon Nanaimo

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