North Stars 2014-15 Record: 2-1-1-0
NorSask North Stars Hockey Broadcast Info:
- 1050 CJNB in the Battlefords
- 102.3 CJNS in Meadow Lake
- Listen Live: http://www.cjnb.com
- Ultra Print Pregame Show – 7:15
- Puck drop – 7:30
Thanks to Lee Erickson for the great pictures.
Last game recap: – The North Stars beat Melville 5-2. Read the recap here: http://northstarsbeacon.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/north-stars-on-a-roll-after-win-in-melville/
- Win Streaks: The two teams playing tonight are both on 2 game winning streaks. (the Stars have a point in three straight games) And they’ve played each other twice already. It does seem somewhat unusual for both teams to be on win streaks when one of those teams won their games against the other. But Kindersley is playing the North Stars exclusively early in the season while the Stars are getting a glimpse at some other teams in the league.
- Schedule: The Kindersley Klippers should be fresh as they haven’t played since last Saturday versus the North Stars. The Stars have won 2 on the road since that game and had a long bus ride. But on the other hand the Stars are in a flow and on a roll. And it’s hard for a team to replicate game speeds during a week of practice. All in all? I think it balances out and I don’t think either team has an advantage coming into this game.
- Division Standings: It’s way too early to watch the standings and frankly we did so much watching of the standings last season, and watching of the scoreboard as well, that I am not ready to get back into that mode just yet. It seemed every night for the last two months of last season I was seeing how Kindersley did and then checked the standings to see what the North Stars would have to do to catch the Klippers. It was exhausting! But having said all that it is nice to see the North Stars off to a decent start and with a win tonight they would extend their lead over Kindersley to 3 points having played 2 more games. Anything can happen but it for me I think it would be nice to be the lead horse that’s being chased more this season.
- Rivalry Cup: The Klippers won the cup pretty early in the season series last year. Thanks in part to starting with 4 straight wins over the North Stars. In the end the Stars won 3 of the 8 meetings last year. The Klippers are out to an early lead again this year. They can take a pretty strong stranglehold on the Cup with a win tonight.
- Road Warriors: I have already talked about this phenomenon this season but here are some numbers. Since Kevin Hasselberg took over the North Stars are 50-27-3-7 on the road. That’s 110 out of 174 possible points. And a .632 win percentage. Away from home. That’s outstanding. In that same span the North Stars are 55-27-0-3 at home. That’s 113 out of a possible 170 points. That’s a .664 win percentage. So the North Stars are basically as good on the road as they are at home. Not many teams can come close to matching that record. If you are driving through a SJHL city and you hear a bus honk twice it’s probably because the North Stars just won on the road again.
- SJHL Showcase: The North Stars are sending 11 players to the showcase. Jake Erickson, Michael Statchuk, Brenden Heinrich, Ryne Keller, Matt Saharchuk, Brady O’Sullivan, Kendall Fransoo, Connor Sych, Ryan Rewerts, Reed Delainey and Matt Havens. The event takes place in Warman starting with some midget aged players on Sunday and running through to Tuesday night. Some North Stars prospects like Layne Young and Bryce Hall will take part in the midget showcase as well.
- Last game’s Canadian Tire 3 Stars – 3) Jake Erickson 2) Reed Delainey 1) Matt Saharchuk
- Last game’s Sanberg Collision Collision of the Game: Connor Sych.
- Quick Starts: The North Stars scored their opening goals against Yorkton (12 seconds) and Melville (2 minutes and 12 seconds) very early on. In the two meetings this season against the Stars it has been Kindersley opening the scoring and doing so in the first half of the opening period. Playing with a lead is such a key that those early goals loom large.
- Rookie Scoring: With 4 points in 3 games Brady O’Sullivan is tied for the league lead for rookie scoring.
- Head to Head Scoring: Owen LaClare (3+1) and Cody Young (1+3) each have 4 points in the 2 games between these two teams this season. Matt Saharchuk (2+2) and Reed Delainey (2+2) also have 4 points in those two games.
- Streak: Brenden Heinrich is on a 3 game point streak early in the season and has posted 4 points in 4 games played so far.
Some Keys for the Stars:
1) Play With a Lead – The North Stars are 2-0 when they score first. 0-1-0-1 when they don’t. They did come from 3-0 down to tie the Klippers last Saturday before falling in OT. After those very strong third periods in Yorkton (despite giving up a goal on a deflection) and in Melville (gave up just 7 shots in the third and just a power play goal) we have seen the Stars developing a pretty solid plan for playing from in front.
2) D-men Scoring – A big key for the North Stars last season and we are starting to see the same trend this season. Just the lone goal from Statchuk so far for the D corp. But 6 points so far with Erickson, Weston and Yew putting up assists in recent games. I expect a lot of close games between the Stars and Klippers this season and a goal or key set up by a D-man could be the difference.
3) Penalty Kill: – The North Stars have allowed 13 goals in 4 games so far. 10 of those against Kindersley. 6 power play goals against. 4 of those in those first 2 games. They gave up just 2 goals per game out East this week and lowered that goals against. But the penalty kill has allowed a goal in every game. That will change and I expect this team to be a good penalty killing team. Not allowing a power play goal tonight is going to be a big key.
North Stars Lineup:
Erickson – Fransoo
Statchuk – Vermeulen
Yew – Weston
Havens – Keller – Heinrich
Saharchuk – Delainey – O’Sullivan
Fountain – Townsend – Nachtegaele
Yew – Kanter – Redding
Scratches: McKinlay, Sych, Bond, Leonenko, McMillen, Smith