North Stars 2014-15 Record: 6-2-3-0
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 – 6:45
- Puck drop – 7:00
Last game recap: – The North Stars hammered Estevan 9-2. Recap here: http://northstarsbeacon.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/north-stars-win-big-at-home/
- The trade: The Stars made a trade yesterday sending Robin and Regan Yew to Dauphin for future considerations. The trade came down yesterday afternoon and my reaction is here: http://northstarsbeacon.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/north-stars-trade-yew-brothers/
- 95s: More on the trade. The Yew brothers are 1995 born players which means looking forward to next season they would be 20 year old players. With teams only able to play a limited number of 20s the search for a balanced lineup is always on going. You never know what might happen in the future but the emergence of some 95s like O’Sullivan, Townsend, Kanter and others means the Stars would have had to make a move at some point in the future. I think it makes sense to make that move now if possible as the Stars have done if for no other reason that it allows the Yew brothers a chance to go play and cement their spots on the Dauphin roster moving forward.
- Kindersley: The North Stars are 6-1-1 against the rest of the league with 29 goals for and just 19 against. They are 1-1-2 against the Klippers with 8 goals for and 13 against. The two more recent games have been very close and low scoring affairs after the Stars struggled with the Klippers on opening weekend. In fact three of the four games between these two teams have gone to OT, that’s how close they are to each other. The Klippers have won 5 in a row coming into tonight’s game with three of those wins, and the two most recent victories, coming in North Star like fashion, shootouts.
- Kramer Division: Neither the North Stars nor the Klippers have faced Humboldt or Notre Dame yet this season. (the North Stars will face both those teams twice next month) That means that the Hounds, who remain unbeaten in regulation, have yet to face two teams that appear to be among the top 3 or 4 in the league this season. How will the Kramer look by December 1st after the Hounds have faced the Stars and Klippers a combined 4 times? It will be very interesting to see.
- Last game’s Canadian Tire 3 Stars: 3) Robin Yew 2) Connor Vermeulen 1) Brenden Heinrich
- Last game’s Sanberg Collision Collision of the Game: Robin Yew
- Head to Head: Kindersley is 3-0-0-1 versus the North Stars so far. The Stars are 1-1-2 versus Kindersley.
Scoring leaders: LaClare (KIN) 6PTS, Saharchuk & Delainey (BATT) 5PTS,
Kindersley 3 @ Battlefords 2 (Oct 7 2014) OT
Battlefords 2 @ Kindersley 1 (Sep 27 2014) SO
Battlefords 3 @ Kindersley 4 (Sep 20 2014) OT
Kindersley 5 @ Battlefords 2 (Sep 19 2014)
- Power Rankings: The Klippers were first in this week’s SJHL power rankings with the North Stars in 4th. The Klippers were 13th in the CJHL national rankings with the North Stars mentioned in the article but not cracking the list.
- Out of Town Scoreboard: Estevan Bruins at Notre Dame Hounds; Weyburn Red Wings at Nipawin Hawks
Some Keys for the Stars:
1) Transition D – The Klippers seem to always have success against the Stars with their transition game moving pucks quickly up the walls into neutral ice. And firing rink wide passes from just inside their own blue line to near the attacking zone. That’s an area the Stars can shut down to slow the Klippers offense.
2) Build – The North Stars scored 9 goals last time out. That’s unlikely to happen again this season. But the confidence of the flood gates opening and the good feeling the Stars should have coming off that game is key. Build off of that success and start to really fire offensively from various parts of the lineup.
3) Get to Weninger – .The Klippers haven’t been scoring a ton of goals lately. Taking out shootout winners they have 13 goals in their last 5 games which is under the 3 goals per game which they have averaged this season. Owen LaClare has just two goals since opening night. Cody Young has but up just 2 assists in 8 games since opening weekend. So how have the Klippers been winning? Contributions from other places in the lineup and goalies who don’t let in many goals. The Stars have struggled at times this season to score on Evan Weninger including the most recent matchup. So they need to find a way to overcome one of the league’s top goalies. Part of that battle will likely have to include another very strong performance from the North Stars starter tonight.
North Stars Lineup:
Statchuk – Vermeulen
Erickson – Keller
Fransoo – Calverley
Saharchuk – Delainey – O’Sullivan
Havens – McMillen – Heinrich
Fountain – Bond – Townsend
Kanter – Smith – Nachtegaele
Scratches: Sych, Leonenko, Weston, Mitchell