Sorry it took so long to get this up. My laptop’s battery was dead. And the bus ride home was far too entertaining anyway. I am settled in to watch Rugby World Cup. Let’s hope England beat the French this morning. Okay to the game last night.
The Battlefords North Stars faced a tough battle in Humboldt on Friday night. The Broncos are hosting the RBC Cup and so are gearing up for a Championship run this season. And they are very good on home ice. 4-0 so far this season on their own sheet. The Stars needed to bring their best effort for a full 60 minutes. And they did that for the most part. A few shifts aside this team played very well for the majority of the game.
Jared Kambietz opened the scoring within the first minute of the game. Braeden Johnson and Brody Luhning picking up the assists. The Broncos though are a very good team and their top unit of Johnson, Johnston and Ciolfi are extremely talented and very skilled with the puck. They got on the board to tie the game a power play goal from Ciofli with Johnson and Backhouse picking up the assists. Ryan Marshall scored a little later beating Graham Hildebrand at his near post. In the second the Stars line of Keller, Wakelin and Newton drew a penalty and Miller tallied. Neil Landry and Tim Rollins then exchanged goals and it was 3-3 heading to the third. Rollins goal was a beauty. Through the triangle on his D man then a tow drag and a wrister into the top corner.
In the third the Broncos scored short handed through Ciofli how scored after a two on one with Andrew Johnston. It would have been easy for the Stars to roll over. To give up. To throw in the towel after a back breaker goal in the third period. But instead the Stars redoubled their efforts and started taking the game to the Broncos. It paid off when Brett Miller, the games first star, scored his second goal of the game on a wrap around. Brody Luhning picking up his second assist of the game. Curtis Toneff with an assist as well. It seemed like we were going into over time. Until Josh Roach tried a long stretch slap pass. He was excellent all night but this one mistake was a killer.
The pass was picked off in the slot by Tanner Schwab who walked around Tyler Marble and slid the puck into the empty net with 5.3 seconds remaining.
So the Stars enjoy a win after a great effort and look forward to another crack at the Nipawin Hawks. That game will be Tuesday night on CJNB/CJNS or online at cjnb.com.