It started with the North Stars best period of the season and ended up being one of the more wild games the Civic Center has seen in a while.
At one point I wonder aloud in the first period if it would be another case of the Stars dominating a period without a lead to show for it. And when Kindersley got a late first period power play it looked like the Stars could even fall behind despite spending the vast majority of the first period in the Klippers zone. But Jack Petrino got in alone on Evan Weninger thanks to a nice play by Brenden Heinrich. Petrino’s struggles to score have been well documented. He made no mistake this time going with a triple deke before sliding the puck home on the backhand. What a relief for Petrino and a beautiful way to get his first SJHL goal.
A Jake Erickson point shot later in the period got through and on target and Igor Leonenko was on hand to put home the rebound and make it 2-0 Stars. Leonenko had scored earlier in the period but it was rightly waved off as he had knocked the puck in with a hit stick. In the end the North Stars out shot Kindersley 18-9 in that first period. It was their most complete and dominant period of the season. At least that I can remember off the top of my head.
Blake Young scored on an early second period power play as his shot from a bad angle went under the pad of Weninger. For Young it was the start of an eventful night. For Weninger it was the end. Tyrell King came into the game and that sparked the Klippers. Until that point Casey Parker had made a couple of really good saves and otherwise hadn’t really been tested. But the Klippers came to life and scored three goals in a span of 3:27. The third goal was a power play slap shot that went post and in.
At that point Parker was replaced by Darren Martin as we saw all 4 goalies in the game. I asked coach Hasselberg after the game about why he didn’t use his timeout as the Klippers were gaining the momentum. He said he liked the way the bench was dealing with the swing. He liked what was being said and the way the leaders were stepping up. When the game was tied he used his goalie change to try and break up the flow the Klippers had built up.
It was midway through the second and the game settled down at that point. 6 goals in the first 29 minutes of the game but it took almost another 20 to get the next one. Brandon Lauder scored on a mid third period power play. And after leading 3-0 the Stars were now down 4-3.
In total the Stars had a 20-6 edge in shot in the final period with plenty of those coming in the final couple minutes. The North Stars earned a power play with 2:14 left and moments later had Martin on the bench for the extra attacker. But save after save from Tyrell King kept the Stars at bay. Ryne Keller had a great chance at the side of the net and looked to the rafters when he was stopped.
The key for the Stars? They won probably 5 or 6 faceoffs in the final minutes. Luke McColgan, and his wingers, were on fire and the Klippers couldn’t clear the puck. They couldn’t relieve the pressure and they never had a chance to shoot for the empty net. The one time they did clear the zone it was Jack Petrino winning a nuetral zone face off and the Stars were right back on the attack.
They couldn’t score on the power play however and it was 6 on 5 with 6 seconds left when the Stars had one last faceoff. They won that one too and Latrell Charleson teamed up with Jake Erickson. A point shot hit Blake Young in front and trickled across the line with 1 second remaining to tie the game. The crowd went crazy.
Less than a minute into OT and it was Blake Young again. He used his speed and strength to power around the Klippers D and drive to the net. As he was hauled down he managed to flip the puck towards the goal. I thought at first it had gone in but it hit the post and landed in the blue paint of the crease. There was a delayed penalty on the play but with Young and a Klipper D man all crashing into Tyrell King it was a simple finish for Reed Delainey to follow up and poke the puck into the net for the game winner. It’s Delainey’s second OT winner of the season after he won the game in Notre Dame at the start of the month.
So for the Stars it was their first win of the season against Kindersley and their third win in a row at home. With the point the Klippers win the Guy’s Furniture Rivalry Cup for this season.
The Stars will now host Notre Dame tomorrow night at the Civic Center.