10 in a row. SJHL’s North Stars shutout Yorkton 3-0

When a team is on a streak like this it’s easy to find stats to show how good they have been. The North Stars are now on their longest winning streak of the season as they picked up their 10th straight win over Yorkton. Graham Hildebrand was solid and pitched his 4th shutout of the season. (and really it should have been 5 as he let in a goal with 0.4 seconds to lose a shutout against Nipawin back on October 21st) And Kyle Hall scored the game winner for the second straight game. The Stars are 17-0-0-1 when leading after 40 minutes of play. They are also 9-0 in games decided by 3 goals. They lead the league with just 78 goals against this season. The next closest team is Yorkton who have allowed 87 but have played 4 fewer games. I could go on and on but suffice to say the Stars have been very good so far this season.

The Stars all said after the game that the Terriers gave them a very tough test tonight. Yorkton was very physical and worked very hard. They just didn’t get a couple of breaks and a couple of bounces that the Stars did get. The first period was fairly even with the Stars outshooting the Terrier 8-6. Yorkton had a chance to open the scoring when Jared Samborski and his line mates were trapped out on the ice and running around in their own zone. Then they iced the puck and couldn’t change. But Graham Hildebrand made a couple saves and eventually the line was able to get a change. Not long later Kyle Hall opened the scoring. Hall skated onto a loose puck and wheeled up the left wing. Tanner Schwab was hustling to make it a partial 2 on 1 but Hall used Schwab as a decoy and snapped it past the blocker on Dawson MacAuley. I found out after the game that MacAuley used to be a North Star. They dealt him to Yorkton in exchange for a prospect.

Yorkton almost tied the game later in the first when Graham Hildebrand made a save. The goalie thought the puck was under his arm and was trying to squeeze it. The ref lost sight so he blew his whistle. Unfortunately for the Terriers the whistle went as the puck was about to trickle across the line. A little luck always helps and the Stars got a little on that play.

The Stars got into a little penalty trouble late in the period but were able to kill some 5 on 3 time for the last 1:10 of the period and get to the break still up 1. Kyle Hall is one of the guys the Stars coaches go to when they are down 2 players. He delivered with a couple of good faceoffs wins and clearances. He also helped kill the remaining power play time for the Terriers at the start of the second.

The Stars basically sealed the game in a 57 second stretch of the second period. A strange bounce off the end boards brought the puck to the side of the net. Robbie Newton did great work to get to the puck and whack away at it. Eventually a rebound came to Tim Rollins who made no mistake. Less than a minute later Woody Klassen threw a puck on net and it hit a Terrier leg, fluttered up in the air, and landed in the net. The puck would most likely not have gone in if not for the deflection. So as I said the Terriers didn’t really get the breaks tonight. But you have to be good to be lucky and the Stars were able to make those three goals stand up.

Graham Hildebrand made 21 saves for the shutout. But the Stars also blocked a load of shots. Probably 20 Terriers shots didn’t get threw to the goaltender. I thought of all the players who stood out as having good games it was Kyle Hall and Curtis Toneff who I noticed playing well the most. They were both excellent.

The Stars top line was held off the score sheet tonight. The Terriers did a great job on the Tatchell line. They were physical and took away a lot of time and space. So Tatchell’s 21 game point streak is over. Not a bad run. The Stars got some breaks, some secondary scoring and some goaltending and shotblocking to pick up an impressive 3-0 win.

Mike Feeney’s Unsung Player of the Game:
Curtis Toneff. Threw a lot of good hits. Took some hits to make some plays. And all around had a very good game.

 

Next up for the Stars a date in Melfort tonight. More on that later.

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