SJHL Game #41: Weyburn Red Wings at Battlefords North Stars

The Battlefords North Stars host the Weyburn Red Wings tonight at the Civic Center. Puck drops at 7:30. It will not be on the radio here in the Battlefords so you will just have to come on down to the rink to see two of the tops teams in the league square off.

Recent Game:

Weyburn Red Wings:

  • Picked up a 4-2 win in Kindersley last night. Outshot the Klippers 38-26. Jesse Ross had a goal in the game. Braden Kmita had 2 assists. The Wings have been busy having played 4 games since Christmas going 2-2 over that stretch.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • The North Stars picked up a 4-3 shootout win over the Flin Flon Bombers in their last game. Blake Tatchell scored the game winner in the shootout going 5 hole. It was an excellent game that went back and forth. Should be another good one tonight.

Who’s Hot:

Weyburn Red Wings:

  • Jess Ross just had a 19 game point streak snapped on January 1st. That was the second longest in the league this season behind Blake Tatchell who had a 21 game streak. Ross had a goal last night.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • Roger Tagoona and Kyle Hall  are both on 3 game point streaks.

Players to Watch:

Weyburn Red Wings:

  • Ross, Bruce, Sanderson are all in the top 7 in the league for scoring. They won’t blind you with speed but they are great with the puck.
  • Former Klipper Jordan Hoffman and Miguel Perreira are both fun to watch as well.

Battlefords North Stars

  • Jordan Ethier. After starting out with 22 points in 26 games with La Ronge at the start of the season Ethier was in a bit of a slump putting up just 2 points in 10 games between Chilliwack of the BCHL and the North Stars. But he had an assist last time out for the Stars and looked sharp throughout the game. Could be starting to break out of that slump.

Head to Head:

  • Battlefords North Stars 5 @ Weyburn Red Wings 4 (SO) (Nov. 18th 2011)
  • Weyburn Red Wings 3 @ Battlefords North Stars 6 (Dec. 10th 2011)
  • Both Blake Tatchell and Braeden Johnson have 5 points in the 2 games between these teams so far this season.
  • Sanderson and Ross each have 4 points for the Wings against the Stars. Bruce has 3.

Special Teams:

Weyburn Red Wings:

  • PP – 18.5 (8th) PK – 82.9 (2nd)

Battlefords North Stars:

  • PP – 18.6 (7th) PK – 79.5 (9th)

Other Notes:

Weyburn Red Wings:

  • The Wings are currently first place in the South. And they have been for a while. They currently have a 14 point lead over Melville. The Wings are clearly the best team down in the Sherwood right now.
  • La Ronge is in 4th in the Bauer. They would be second in the Sherwood. The South division is not looking as strong as the Bauer and the Wings have benefited from that. But by my count they are 11-6-1 against North teams. So they are rightfully considered one of the top teams in the league and not just cause their division isn’t as tough.

Battlefords North Stars

  • North Stars Captain Travis Sparrow is still suspended. He will be serving game 3 of a 4 game ban tonight.
  • The Stars went with a power play unit that feature Tagoona, Ethier and Miller up front with Sheeran and Hall on the points. It was a unit that looked good against Flin Flon and scored a power play goal.

The Big Stat(s):

  • December 10th. Blake Tatchell had 3 points against the Red Wings. He hasn’t had a point since. 4 straight games without a point for Tatch and 5 Stars games overall as he missed one of their games before Christmas. Tatchell is now down to 3rd in the league in scoring. He did get the winner last time out in the shootout. It is only a matter of time before he busts out again. Considering he started the season by putting up at least a point in 33 of the Stars first 35 games it is only a matter of time before he starts another long point streak.
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