SJHL Game 7: Battlefords North Stars at La Ronge Ice Wolves

The Battlefords North Stars lost a 1 goal game yesterday in Flin Flon. It was a game where they played well and there were a lot of positives to build on. Tonight they play their 3rd game in 3 nights after another long bus ride. La Ronge is currently the bottom team in the SJHL Bauer division. But it’s early and La Ronge has a great coach. They also have a tough rink to play in for the road team.

Recent Game:

La Ronge Ice Wolves:

  • The Ice Wolves have lost 5 in a row including their last 2 home games against Melfort and Kindersley. 4 of those 5 losses though have been by just one goal. The one loss that was more than 1 goal was a 3-1 loss to Nipawin and the Hawks scored an empty netter to get that two goal win. So the Ice Wolves are in close games and are just trying to figure out how to win them.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • The North Stars skated to a 5-4 loss in Flin Flon last night.

Players to Watch:

La Ronge Ice Wolves:

  • Rhys Dieno and Nathan Boyer. They are both over a point a game so far this season. The next highest guy is Pablo Zerebecky at 5 points in 9 games. So if you can slow down those top two guy s you will have a chance to win. The Ice Wovles need to start getting offense from some other sources.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • Yesterday I said Newton and Betinol were two players to watch. Newton’s line mate Ryne Keller scored a beauty and Betinol got his first of the year. So those two lines are the ones to watch. Austin Evans and Betinol looked good last night and controlled the puck down low well. The Keller, Quinn and Newton line was good again. Quinn is still looking for some offense this season. Tonight could be the night he breaks out.

Head to Head (Last Season)

  • The Stars went 4-2 last season against the Ice Wolves. Both losses were in La Ronge. It’s a tough building to play in. The Stars did pick up a shootout win over La Ronge at the Mel Hegland Uniplex.

Special Teams:

La Ronge Ice Wolves:

  • PP: 4-38 (10.5%) PK: 35-41 (85.4%)

Battlefords North Stars:

  • PP: 12-40 (30.0%) PK: 23-32 (71.9%)
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