I apologize for the lateness of this post game report. What with it being Remembrance Day and having an NSRHL broadcast today I have been distracted.
So the Stars have lost 2 games in a row after a 9 game winning streak. You have to wonder if the team thought it was all going to come easily to them. They were rolling along winning games. Woody Klassen and Roger Tagoona had arrived. Everything seemed to be going the Stars way. But against Humboldt they were a little unlucky despite a strong effort. And last night the Stars felt like they got away from their identity a little. The identity they want is as a strong, hard working, determined team who manage the puck well, play with physicality and composure. They need to get back to that tomorrow night.
The first 5 or 6 minutes last night was all Stars and it lead to a goal. Woody Klassen seized on a loose puck just inside Yorkton territory, skated through the high slot and just when you thought he was going to be forced too wide he snapped a shot past Dawson MacAuley glove side. Robbie Newton picked up the lone assist. The Stars got an early power play as well when Chase Norrish took a tripping penalty at the 7:44 mark of the period. The Stars mustered a couple point shots but nothing that would count as a scoring chance. The Terriers didn’t get their first shot on goal until the 10:55 mark as the Stars continued to pour it on. Jake Daughtry made a nifty drop pass to Ryne Keller who was stopped. And less than a minute after that scoring chance it was 1-1. Curtis Toneff took a tripping penalty and 5 seconds later a point shot hit Travis Sparrow and dropped right to Jeremy Johnson who slid the puck into the yawning cage. Late in the first Braeden Johnson set up Blake Tatchell whose shot hit MacAuley in the mask. The peirod wasn’t quite over though and Blake tatchell took a hooking penalty with 0.8 seconds remaining.
With the Terriers on a power play to start the second Ryne Keller was called for high sticking just 13 second into the period. The Terriers would capitalize on the 5 on 3 advantage when Ryon Sookro was in the right place at the right time. Graham Hildebrand made a good save but the rebound went right to Sookro who popped it home. 2-1 Terriers. Exactly two minutes later the game was tied. Braeden Johnson hacking a puck on net and somehow it found the top corner. Blake Tatchell picked up the lone assist. The Stars had a god penalty kill later in the period after Curtis Toneff likely saved a goal with a hook. And Brett Miller broke the 2-2 tie later in the 2nd. Toneff fired a shot intentionally wide to elude a shot blocker and the puck bounced off the end boards right to Miller who made no mistake. The Stars had a late second period power play after a slash on Tagoona. The PP had good puck movement and Johnny had the best chance but hit the side of the net.
So the Stars went to the third period with a 3-2 lead. And they were 10-0 when leading after 40 minutes of play so far on the season. In the third Brody Luhning was absolutely mugged while on the power play and there was no call. The Terrier player had his hand off his stick and all over Luhning. It was an obvious holding call that went uncalled. And the Terriers capitalized. Stefanyshyn with the goal and Poncelet with the assist. A shorty that made the score 3-3. The Stars power play continued to struggle until Robbie Newton, Ryne Keller and Tim Rollins got some PP time. Rollins and Tagoona had swapped places earlier in the game. Their hard work lead to Woody Klassen’s second of the game. And the Stars had their third lead of the game. But this one wouldn’t hold up either. Braeden Johnson was in the box after a slashing call when Sookro snapped home from a bad angle. A goal Graham Hildebrand would say he should have stopped. So 3 power play goals and a shorty for the Terriers and they had come from behind 3 times to send the game to OT. The Stars with a late PK to close out the third.
Not much was happening for either team in OT until Woody Klassen drove the net and drew a tripping penalty on Keven Cann. And it was Klassen with the best chance but MacAuley made a good glove save on a Klassen one timer. The Star sent out Tatchell, Schwab and Luhning in the shootout. But none were able to score. Tatchell and Schwab both elected to shoot and were stopped. Luhning tried to deke but the puck rolled on him and he wasn’t able to get a god shot away.The Terriers hadn’t scored yet either until their final shooter Ryon Sookro stepped up. He had scored twice in regulation so it was somewhat fitting that he scored the game winner. His snap shot beating Hildebrand short side.
It was a frustrating loss for the Stats who had several leads and several chances to win the game. It isn’t a stretch to say that the special teams cost them the game. But the nice thing about hockey as Woody Klassen said after the game is that there’s always another game. At least in the regular season anyway. And there is plenty of time for the Stars player’s to learn the lessons from the game. Hard work, energy and passion are all words that Coach Hasselberg used after the game. The Stars special teams in particular weren’t showing enough of those attributes that the Stars coaches want this team to embody.
The Stars are back in action tomorrow night. They will be looking to show that they have learned some of those lessons from last night’s loss. The Melville Millionaires will be in town. Roger Tagoona will be facing his former team and you never know but Blake Voth may be in net for Melville. Tomorrow night at the Civic Center. Puck drops at 7:30.