SJHL Game 54: Battlefords North Stars at Yorkton Terriers

The Stars are 2-0 on home ice against the Yorkton Terriers this season. They lost the lone game in Yorkton early this season in overtime. The Stars led that game late but couldn’t hold on for the win. The Stars were playing short a skater that night and were pretty banged up. They battled and came within 2:11 of winning in Yorkton. Only Estevan has won in regulation in Yorkton this season.

It’s the final regular season game for the North Stars tonight. They know they will finish 4th in the North and face Melfort in the survivor series. The Terriers now find themselves in second in the south and must win or pick up a point with an OT or shootout loss in order to finish first and have home ice in the south playoffs.

Recent Games:

Yorkton Terriers:

  • The Terriers most recent game was a 5-1 loss to Melfort. The Terriers have lost 3 in a row. All of them on the road. Yorkton’s home record is still amazing. 24-1-0-1 at home so far this season. Their lost home game was a 6-1 win over Notre Dame.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • The Stars lost 3-1 in Melville last night. After a decent first period the Stars trailed 1-0 thanks to an unlucky bounce. A point shot from Tyler Bird was going about 5 feet wide when it hit the leg of Kyle Schmidt and deflected past Connor Creech. The Stars were 0-1 on the power play in the first period and the Millionaires went 0-2. The Mills got 2 more early in the second and they came less than 2 minutes apart. Sean Aschim’s shot off the rush changed directions and got past Creech. Then on a power play Ian McNulty set up Russell Trudeau for his 31st goal of the season. At that point the Stars weren’t playing great and they made the move to backup goalie Casey Parker. Parker came in and shut the door making 17 saves on 17 shots. That seemed to spark the Stars back into life and they played well the rest of the period. I really thought they came out an controlled the final frame and got a goal from Spencer Gosselin with 1:17 remaining on the clock. That came a little too late as the Stars were able to get the extra attacker out with the score 3-1. But they couldn’t score and the game ended 3-1. The Stars were a little unlucky but give the Millionaires credit for capitalizing on a couple of chances. They got some luck on their goals but Alex Wakaluk was good in goal and the Mills are now in first in the South.

Players to Watch:

Yorkton Terriers:

  • Austin Bourhis. Has an assist in 3 games against the Stars this season. He also has 21 pims. Bourhis is a physical player who sometimes crosses the line. The Terriers are a team that plays on the edge. They are second in the league in penalty minutes. Bourhis is a guy to keep an eye on.
  • The Terriers score by committee. They have 8 guys with double digits in goals and they have 9 guys who score more than a half a point per game. So it’s tough to pick out just a couple guys to watch. You gotta keep an eye on all of them.

Battlefords North Stars:

  • Braeden Johnson. Had the night off last night and should return tonight. He had a chance to watch the game and help out the coaches a little. Let’s see how he responds tonight.
  • All the 20 year old players. It’s the final regular season game of their careers. Creech, Luhning, Ripley, Johnson, and Hall. Lets hope they have some fun and enjoy a win in their final game prior to the last playoff run of their junior careers.

Head to Head:

  • Battlefords 2 @ Yorkton 3 (Nov 29 2012) (OT)
  • Yorkton 4 @ Battlefords 6 (Nov 4 2012)
  • Yorkton 3 @ Battlefords 4 (Oct 24 2012)
  • Austin Evans leads the Stars with 2 goals and 4 points in 3 games this season against the Terriers. Kyle Hall has 4 assists in those 3 games. And in 2 games against Yorkton this season Luke McColgan, who is currently on a 3 game point streak, has 4 helpers. Tyler Giebel has 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points in 3 games against the Stars.

Special Teams:

Yorkton Terriers:

  • PP: 48-231 (20.8% – 4th in SJHL)
  • PK: 188-222 (84.7% – 3rd in SJHL)

Battlefords North Stars:

  • PP: 46-253 (18.2% – 6th in SJHL)
  • PK: 199-247 (80.6% – 9th in SJHL)
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  1. hockeyfan

     /  February 25, 2013

    Will Troy Petrick be ready for Playoffs?

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