Hawks are hot: Nipawin wins 6th in a row beating North Stars 5-3

Travis Sparrow sat out the final game of his 4 game suspension last night and he was a player the Stars could have used. Especially on the penalty kill. I mentioned before the game that Justin Waskewitch, a former North Star, was red hot. I don’t know what is the next step up from red hot but whatever it is Waskewitch found it last night. Mitch Berg was playing his first game with the North Stars and found himself paired with Matt Sheeran. Klay Kahur, also making his debut, was on a pair with Dillon Forbes on the backend for the Stars. Braeden Johnson made his return to the lineup and played on a line with Kyle Hall and Roger Tagoona. It was the Hawks line of Wheaton King with Jesse Bernard and Justin Waskewitch that did most of the damage. It was a good night to be on your game last night as there were 4 scouts in the building.


It is Parents and Billets weekend for the North Stars and so there was a lengthy pregame ceremony for the Stars players and fans to honour the people who make junior hockey possible. You wondered if the ceremony and the nerves/excitement might affect the Stars start. If it did it was a positive effect as the North Stars top line was absolutely flying on the first shift. Jordan Ethier is starting to settle in nicely with the Stars and he maybe should have scored on the first shift as he just missed the target from the slot. Roger Tagoona came out for his first shift and missed a tap in. The first minute of the game was all played in the Hawks end. Kyle Hall then had a breakaway but was denied by the blocker of Davis Jones. It was an incredibly fast paced start to the game and I wondered if the two teams would be able to keep it up. Roger Tagoona had yet another chance in the first when he chopped a puck just high and wide. 6:20 into the first period and the Stars got the first power play of the game. Stuart Holland got his stick into the hands of Matt Sheeran and went off for hooking.


Ten seconds later the Stars had the lead. Brody Luhning beating Davis Jones low along the ice. Brett Miller providing a good screen in front. Shortly after the goal the Hawks had a chance to tie the game on a 3 on 1, the first of far too many odd man rushes for the Hawks, but Kachur played it well and the Hawks missed the chance. Midway through the first period the Hawks were short handed again. Roger Tagoona was hit from behind and Jensen got 2 for boarding. The Stars power play didn’t get much going however and the Hawks looked to gain momentum from the kill. Justin Waskewitch should have scored about 2 or 3 goals in the first and his first shift after the Hawks killed the Jensen penalty saw the Hawks forward on a 2 on 1. Waskewitch chose to pass backdoor. He should have shot. The Stars were let off the hook again.


The Hawks first power play came late in the frame when Boyd Wakelin threw a hit in the attacking zone. The Hawks player he hit, Jensen I think, didn’t have the puck though and Wakelin went off for interference. It took the Hawks a little longer to get their goal on their first power play. But they got it none the less. Jeff Datoff’s point shot went just wide. Wheaton King took the rebound off the end boards passed cross ice and Waskewitch finished. It was the start of a good night for the Hawks power play. Both teams had chances to take the lead before the end of the first. Tanner Schwab with the best chance and I still don’t know how the Hawks managed to keep the puck out. So it was 1-1 after the first period of play. Early in the second period Blake Tatchell was seemed to be hit from behind but there was no call. It looked like Brett Miller wanted to fight the Hawks player who hit Tatchell but nothing came of it. Not long later the Hawks had the lead. Wheaton King found Jesse Bernard back door, the number of back door plays that worked for the Hawks will be another aspect of the game the Stars will be unhappy about, and Hildebrand had no chance. 42 seconds later the score was tied at 2. Dillon Forbes seized on a loose puck in Nipawin territory and his low shot eluded Jones.


The second period is where the game really started to get chippy. Woody Klassen got a few slashes into some Hawks players and they responded. There were also some big hits, including one on Kyle Hall, that weren’t penalized as the ref was letting them play. The Hawks took another lead in the second when Dustin Skilliter raced up the wing. Mitch Berg was a little slow turning and it led to a hooking penalty. The Hawks scored on that power play to make it 3-2. Mitch Doell got the goal and Waskewitch got his 3rd point of the game. Late in the second Stu Holland got his stick up on Kyle Hall and opened him up for a 4 minute power play for the Stars. And the home team capitalized to tie the game at 3. But not before their goalie had bailed them out again. Darius Cole had a short handed break away for the Hawks. Hildebrand made a top class blocker save. It looked like the Hawks would get to the locker room with a lead but Blake Tatchell picked up the puck behind his own net and made a fantastic solo rush all the way down into Hawks territory. Tatchell then set up Jordan Ethier back door and he made no mistake.


That goal came with 5.1 seconds remaining in the second and came during the first of Holland’s double minor so the Stars started the 3rd period on the power play. It’s always tough starting a period on the man advantage and the Stars weren’t able to get much going. Blake Tatchell had the Stars next chance. He got around Eric Bollefer far too easily and skated into the slot. The shot just missed high glove and I mean it missed by inches. Tatchell doesn’t normally miss from their. The Stars had a power play not long after but couldn’t score. And that 4 or 5 minute stretch might have been the difference in the game. The Stars had chances to take a lead and potentially win the game but couldn’t make it happen. 22 seconds after the Hawks killed the Stars power play and they had the lead. Wheaton King was set up by Jesse Bernard and Justin Waskewitch to make it 4-3. Waskewitch ending the game with 4 points. King and Bernard with 3 each.


Less than 20 seconds after the goal and we saw the fight of the year. Robbie Newton and Ben Petros stood at center ice and went toe to toe for what felt like 2 minutes. Both guys landed some shots and I thought Petros showed great toughness to hang in the fight because he was staggered by a couple of Newton right hands. Newton gets the decision cause he landed more punches but both guys should be commended for what was an amazing fight. The fight didn’t really change the momentum of the game however and with Brett Miller in the box for a roughing penalty the Hawks power play scored again. A Keenan Martens point shot somehow getting past Hildebrand. That’s the one goal I though Hildy should have stopped.


The Hawks led 5-3 at that point and that’s the way it would finish.The Hawks end up going 3 for 4 on the power play and that was the difference in the game. The Stars will hope that Kachur and Berg have adjusted to their new team now as the next two games are difficult ones for the Stars. It starts tomorrow night in Humboldt where the Stars PK will have to be much better. I am sure the Stars coaches looked at tape last night and will try to make some adjustments at practice this afternoon. In the meantime I am headed to Meadow Lake tonight for a senior game. But I am already very much looking forward to tomorrow night’s game. I will have it for you live on CJNB/CJNS starting with the pregame show at 5:45.


Mike Feeney’s Unsung Hard Working Player of the Game:

I am going to give the award to both Robbie Newton and Ben Petros for their epic scrap. That was what the old timers would call a slobber knocker. And the fans went crazy for it.

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  1. Mark

     /  January 18, 2012

    any video of the Petros Fight?

  2. Mark

     /  January 19, 2012

    Where will you be posting it? Sorry first time on this site…


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