North Stars win 6-4

The Battlefords North Stars controlled the play at 5 on 5 and managed to pull out a 6-4 win at the Civic Center this afternoon. The Yorkton Terriers power play was the only reason it wasn’t a blow out.

The Stars came out strong this afternoon and played a really good first period. I thought the line of Luke McColgan, Austin Evans and Blake Young was excellent. Occasionally it was Ben Greenaway on that line as well. But they were a very good unit for the Stars. Despite controlling the play the Stars were down 1 after a power play marker for the Terriers. Evan Ripley was in the box for interference and Derek Falloon scored on a rebound after a Tyler Giebel shot. That was one of just 4 Terrier shots in the first period.

It would have been pretty frustrating for the Stars to be down a goal heading to the first intermission because they were playing so well. That’s why Austin Evans first of the afternoon was such an important goal for the North Stars. Evans scored midway through the first with Gosselin and Luhning getting the assists. Gosselin found Evans up the middle and he went in and scored.

The Stars got another midway through the second and it was Luhning teaming up with Evans again. This time Luhning dangled along the blue line to get space then he went around a couple more Terriers to get right to the front of the net. His shot was stopped but Evans got to the rebound and beat Conor Barrie and scored again. Luhning showing the great hands that make him such an offensive weapon.

The Terriers wouldn’t go away though. Tyler Giebel scored on a power play. The Stars penalty killing really struggled with the Terriers. Earlier in the second though they killed off some 5 on 3 time and it looked like maybe they were figuring out how to stop the Yorkton man advantage. They couldn’t stop Giebel though with Ben Greenyaway in the box serving a too many men penalty.
That made it 2-2 heading to the final period. The shots were 25-12 for the North Stars at that point and probably 8 of the Terriers shots had come on the power play. At 5 on 5 the Stars were dominating. Yorkton was playing their third game in three days and fatigue could have been an issue. But the Stars should be given a lot of credit for how they were playing.

I thought the first goal of the third would be a big one because the Stars needed to be rewarded for how they were playing. They were when Justin Waskewitch beat Barrie short side over the shoulder on the power play. The Stars ended up 1-6 with the man advantage. Spencer Gosselin picked up the assist on the goal by Waskewitch but Austin Evans should have been in on that scoring play as well.

The Terriers tied it up quickly. It took just 1:16 for Yorkton to respond. Again on the power play. Matt Sheeran went off for roughing for an extra shot after a whistle at the side of the net. Yorkton’s Nathan Murray got the goal to make it 3-3. A couple of the Terrier goals came on rebounds as they get a lot of traffic to the net on their power play. Another goal through traffic went over the glove of Connor Creech on a 5 on 3 for the Terriers. More on that goal in a second. But it isn’t a magic formula that the Terriers power play uses. It’s traffic and rebounds and determination.

The Stars were back in front when Spencer Gosselin’s shot from the point went in the net. I thought Ben Greenaway tipped it. So did Ben. But the goal was given to Gosselin. It doesn’t really matter who got it though. The Stars were back in front. 3 goals between the 2 teams in the space of 3 minutes and 27 seconds.

The Stars were finally able to get a two goal lead when Kyle Hall threw a good hit in deep. That forced Chase Norrish to hurry his pass and he rimmed it around right to Braeden Johnson. Johnny quickly found Brandon Long in the slot. When given time and space Long’s wrist shot is deadly. He rifled it past the glove of Conor Barrie to make it 5-3.

The Terriers got a late 5 on 3 on a bogus roughing call on Evan Ripley and a slashing call on Ryne Keller. They scored to end up 4 for 8 on the power play and get back within a goal. But the Stars held on and after Braeden Johnson did a good job to tie up the puck in his own zone the Stars won the ensuing faceoff and eventually Josh Betinol slid the puck into the empty net to close out the Terriers.

The Stars are now 7-8 on the season so far and have beaten the Terriers twice so far this season.

They then skated with some kids after the game in a great event to wrap up a great parents/billets weekend. Next up the Stars host Humboldt on Tuesday at the Civic Center.

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