This is the North Stars first chance this season to face the Humboldt Broncos. The Broncos come into the game with a 4-6 record on the season while the North Stars are 4-7. So whoever wins tonight will move into sole possession of second place in the Kramer Division.
Humboldt haven’t faced the Kindersley Klippers yet this year. They’ve played just two divisional games so far, both against Notre Dame on the opening weekend of the season. Since then they have faced Nipawin 3 times and La Ronge twice as well as Melfort, Yorkton and Estevan.
The Broncos appear to have just 12 returning players. David Miazga, Dylan Fluter, Ryan Aubertin, Matthew Audette, David Stumborg, Cody Pongracz, Logan Sproule, and Cody Pettapiece are all back and account for 8 of the Broncos top 10 scorers. The only rookie is former AAA Star Austin Duzan who is 10th in team scoring.
Jarrett Fontaine is new to the Broncos but the Humboldt native has a couple seasons in the WHL under his belt. So while this is a new look Bronco team, the payers to watch remain largely a group of players who are familiar to the Stars.
The Broncos are led by coach Dean Brockman and he will find a way to bring in some quality players over the course of the season to add to the mix. And you know he will have his team playing their system well. It’s always a challenge bringing 2 points home from the Elgar.
The Stars are coming off a long stretch and may have to ride an early storm if it takes them 5 minutes or so to get their legs going. But they know what to expect and they know what’s at stake. The Stars can finish this tough week with a 2-2 record and momentum to take in to a string of home games.
Some Keys for the North Stars:
1) Discipline – Yeah again. I know I am a big of a broken record but 8 times in the box against Kindersley was again too many. The Stars PK is still amazing.
2) Weather the storm – It may take a few shifts for the Stars to get their game on track after so many games this week. No excuses but the Broncos will be coming out of the gates quickly. The Stars don’t want to fall behind early again.
3) Score – Sounds simple. But the Stars have just 1 goal in the last 2 games. And they’ve had chances. They score by committee and they need the committee to get back on a roll.
Forbes – FransooErickson – Schmidt
Gosselin – Charleson
Young – McColgan – Fountain
McMillen – Bechtol – Evans
Reich – Keller – Greenaway
Quinn – Delainey – Leonenko
Scratches: Petrino, Heinrich, Lacoursiere, Carlson, Sheeran