The Battlefords North Stars are the hottest team in the SJHL. That’s actually not even close at this point as far as I can tell the next longest WIN streak is 1 game. A couple teams are on streak of not losing in regulation but no one has won anywhere close to as many games in a row as the North Stars. So the Flin Flon Bombers have a tough task on their hands tonight.
The North Stars got better in the past few days as well. First with Roger Tagoona coming over from Melville. The Stars gave up a very good goalie to get Tagoona. But Blake Voth didn’t really fit in the Stars plans. And of course Woody Klassen is back. I actually just saw Woody in the hall way about 30 minutes before I finished this blog post. He looked tired. I think he probably just literally arrived in town and came straight to the rink. So I asked him if he was going to play tonight. He looked at me like I was from another planet. Of course he is playing tonight. How much will he play? That’s an interesting question. And I would guess it depends on how he looks. Hopefully there is a pot of coffee on somewhere in the Stars locker room.
I will have more on the new look North Stars coming up in the pregame show, as I am hopeful that you are aware, the game is live on CJNB/CJNS tonight starting at 7:15 with the pregame show.
As for the Bombers? Well they are a very good team. Coach Atch told me earlier today that the Bombers are probably the team that has played the Stars the hardest on this streak so far. The Bombers have great speed up front and play a somewhat similar style to the North Stars. They want to get in hard on the D and throw their weight around. Riley Storzuk leads the way offensively but is supported by very good players like Jay Young and Cameron Blair. Tanner Clark is a very good offensive D man who quarterbacks the Bombers power play. He’s their Brody Luhning if you will.
The Bombers aren’t nearly as good defensively as the Stars however as they have let in 15 more goals in 1 fewer game. The Bombers allow an average of a little over 3 goals per game. So the Stars offense should be able to put up some goals against this Bomber team. The question I asked coach Mike Reagan of the Bombers is if the two teams could slow down the other team’s top guys. Can the Bombers slow up Blake Tatchell and can the Stars slow down Storzuk. He said he thinks a lot more attention will be paid to those two players, and their line mates, tonight. If that is the case which team will be able to get some secondary scoring?
Connor Creech is expected to start in goal tonight for the North Stars and it sound like Roger Tagoona is going to play on a line with Newton and Wakelin. That would leave a “kid” line of sorts with Samborksi, Quinn and Keller as the 4th line. I also say Curtis Toneff in his pregame ritual so by process of elimination that would mean that Dallas Jorgensen is out of the line up tonight. That is all speculation at this point though as I haven’t seen the official line ups yet.
Coach Reagan from the Bombers said the game in Flin Flon a little over a week ago was one of the better games he’s been a part of in 4 years with the Bombers. That’s the type of game that could happen here again tonight at the Civic Center. The Stars are looking to win their 10th game in a row. The Bombers would like nothing more than to stop them. Find out who comes out on top by heading down to the Civic Center or tuning in to 1050 CJNB and 102.3 CJNS.