SJHL Game #38: Estevan Bruins at Battlefords North Stars

Tonight’s game is a make up game from a cancellation on Friday night. The Stars will host the Bruins at 5 o’clock this evening at the Civic Center.

The Battlefords North Stars will be looking for a little revenge tonight at the Civic Center. They felt they played a poor game in Estevan earlier in the season when the Bruins skated to a 4-1 victory.

Recent Games:

Estevan Bruins:

  • A tough loss in Kindersley last night for Estevan. They led 2-0 before the Klippers had even managed a shot on goal. But Kindersley came all the way back to win 4-3. The Bruins will be looking to bounce back tonight at the Civic Center.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • Played well in a 3-2 overtime loss in Humboldt. The power play was 1-10 and that was the difference in the game.

Players to Watch:

Estevan Bruins:

  • Dylan Smith. He had 74 points with the Bruins last season. Yesterday the Bruins brought Smith back from an American junior A league out East. I am not sure if he will be in the lineup tonight. But if he is it will be interesting to see how quickly he fits back into the Bruins lineup.
  • Cole Olson. Olson was great last season with Smith on his line but hasn’t been as good this season. He’s a slick player though who can provide a lot of offense for Estevan when he is on his game.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • Josh Betinol. It’s been a bit of a dry spell of late for Josh but he did pick up an assist last night and we’ve seen this year that once Betinol gets on the score sheet he is likely to burst out with a couple big games in a row.
  • Tanner Quinn and Brody Luhning. They each have scored 3 goals since the Christmas break. And they’ve scored in the same game all 3 times.
  • Matt Sheeran. Should make his return tonight. When he went off holding his arm earlier in the season it was a concern. He’s had shoulder issues in the past. So it’s good to see Sheeran back for the North Stars.

Head to Head:

  • Battlefords 1 @ Estevan 4 (Oct 26th, 2012)
  • Darcy DeRoose had 2 goals for the Bruins and Hudson Morrison had a pair of assists. Luke McColgan scored the Stars only goal.

Special Teams:

Estevan Bruins:

  • PP: 17-145 (11.7% – 12th in SJHL)
  • PK: 116-138 (84.1% – 5th in SJHL)

Battlefords North Stars:

  • PP: 33-178 (18.5% – 6th in SJHL)
  • PK: 146-181 (80.7% – 8th in SJHL)
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