SJHL Game 49: Battlefords North Stars at La Ronge Ice Wolves

The Battlefords North Stars play in La Ronge tonight. It’s the final game this season between these two teams. The Stars are 3-2 against the Ice Wolves this season. La Ronge won the first two games this season between these two teams and the Stars have now won 3 in a row. The Stars are also 1-1 in La Ronge this season. The Mel isn’t an easy place to win (La Ronge is 12 under .500 on the road and are right at .500 at home this season) but the Stars will be looking to win the season series in that building.

Recent Games:

La Ronge Ice Wolves:

  • Suffered a 5-2 in Kindersley on Wednesday night. That’s the Ice Wolves 8th straight loss. But they are still very much in the playoff race in the North. They are 1 point back of the Melfort Mustangs. The Mustangs have 2 games in hand so these last 5 games are all massive for La Ronge. We know they are well coached and work hard and will be very tough to beat tonight on their home ice. The North Stars will have to play well.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • The North Stars lost 4-3 in a shootout last night in Flin Flon. Tanner Quinn, Ben Greenaway and Brandon Long scored the goals for the North Stars.

Players to Watch:

La Ronge Ice Wolves:

  • Braden Oleksyn. Has 28 points this season which is third on La Ronge’s roster and second if you remove Nathan Boyer from the mix. Oleksyn is a 16 year old with great offensive upside. At one point this season he scored 7 goals in 4 games. He also fought Kendall Fransoo last time these teams met.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • Joren Johnson and Kyle Schmidt. The Stars D men had a solid game last night and Schmidt is looking better and better as he gets back up to full game shape. Both these guys will be playing in La Ronge for the very first time in their careers. So lets see how they adjust to the unique La Ronge arena.

Head to Head:

  • La Ronge 2 @ Battlefords 5 (Feb 5 2013)
  • La Ronge 2 @ Battlefords 8 (Nov 17 2012)
  • Battlefords 4 @ LaRonge 3 (Nov 10 2012)
  • LaRonge 3 @ Battlefords 2 (Nov 2 2012)
  • Battlefords 3 @ LaRonge 6 (Oct 13 2012)
  • Josh Betinol has been the Stars leading point getter so far in games against La Ronge. Betinol has 4 goals and 7 points in 5 games against the Ice Wolves this season. Kyle Hall has 6 points (3+3) in those 5 games. Nathan Boyer was the Ice Wolves top guy but he was traded to Melville. So Graham Smerek is the La Ronge forward to look out for as he has 6 points (1+5) in 5 games versus the Stars this season.

Special Teams:

La Ronge Ice Wolves:

  • PP: 27-148 (18.2% – 7th in SJHL)
  • PK: 42PPGA-166 (74.7% – 12th in SJHL)

Battlefords North Stars:

  • PP: 43-232 (18.5% – 6th in SJHL)
  • PK: 45PPGA-229 (80.3% – 9th in SJHL)
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