SJHL Game 12: North Stars at Weyburn Red Wings

After an amazing trip down to North Dakota the North Stars are back North of the border to face the Weyburn Red Wings. I will have a lot more on a great game between Blake Tatchell’s UAA Sea Wolves and the UND Sioux later tonight once I get back to the hotel and upload the pictures I took. I will recap the whole day including the game which ended 3-3 and featured a freshman former North Star who had a very good game.

But first let’s focus on tonight’s tilt with the Red Wings.

Recent Games:

Weyburn Red Wings:

  • The Wings have lost 3 in a row since a somewhat surprising 7-4 win over Flin Flon. Most recently the Wings dropped a 2-1 game Friday when they hosted Melfort. Weyburn has won just 1 of their last 10 games and with just 3 wins so far this season currently occupy the bottom spot overall in the SJHL.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • The North Stars lost to Estevan back on Friday night at Spectra Place. The North Stars weren’t very good for the first two periods of that game. I felt that they started to get going a little bit in the third period. By that time they were already down 3-0 and when Luke McColgan scored to give the team some life it seemed like maybe once again the comeback was on. But the Stars didn’t get any closer and lost 4-1 after an empty netter. The game would have been a lot worse had Connor Creech not been excellent. He stopped a couple of break-aways in the game. ANd went post to post to make desperation saves a couple times as well. He even stopped former team mate Roger Tagoona on a break away.
  • After the game coach Hasselberg said he felt it was the first time this season that the North Stars had simply failed to show up and work. They were out worked by Estevan and lost.
  • Ben Greenaway made his Stars debut and took a couple of penalties but he fought to try and spark his team. He also played with a lot of energy. You know you will get that from Greenaway.
  • Keenan Martens also played as a Star for the first time. He clearly has very good hands and poise with the puck. He needs to be a little better in his own end as he gets used to the Stars system.

Players to Watch:

Weyburn Red Wings:

  • Miguel Pereira. Leading the way for the Wings with 21 points so far this season in 14 games. That is good for 4th in the league. 21 points for a team that has only scored 40 goals so far this season and has a power play with just an 11.1% efficiency rating is pretty amazing.
  • Ryan Ostertag. He has 9 goals for the Wings. Which means he has combined with Pereira for almost half the Wings goals this season. No other player has more than 6 points on this roster.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • Brody Luhning, Kyle Hall, Braeden Johnson, Justin Waskewitch and Evan Ripley. Coach Hasselberg challenged his 20 year old players to be better after the Estevan game. On the Ultra Print Coaches Show after the game he said he wants more from those players. Lets see how they respond tonight. I could see all of them having an impact on the outcome of this game tonight.

Head to Head:

  • This is the first match-up this season between these two teams. Last season the North Stars went 3-1 against the Wings.

Special Teams:

Weyburn Red Wings:

  • PP: 6-563 (11.1% – 11th in SJHL)
  • PK: 57-80 (71.3% – 12th in SJHL)

Battlefords North Stars:

  • PP: 13-63 (20.6% – 5th in SJHL)
  • PK: 43-56 (76.8% – 11th in SJHL)
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  1. Gerald

     /  October 28, 2012

    If the stars keep playing like they have been it looks like it will be a short season. Seems like when we made the nipawin trade things went down hill from there.That is the way i see it.

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