40th Anniversary Season – 2014 Kramer Division Champions
North Stars Regular Season Record: 36-17-0-3
Round 1 Results:
Game #1 – Estevan Bruins 4 – Battlefords North Stars 1
Game #2 – Battlefords North Stars 2 – Estevan Bruins 1
Game #3 – Battlefords North Stars 3 – Estevan Bruins 0
Game #4 – Battlefords North Stars 3 – Estevan Bruins 2 (OT)
Game #5 – Battlefords North Stars 2 – Estevan Bruins 1
Round 2 Schedule:
Game #1 – Melville Millionaires 4 – Battlefords North Stars 1
Game #2 – Melville Millionaires at Battlefords North Stars, Tonight@ 7:30pm- Civic Center
Game #3 – Battlefords North Stars at Melville Millionaires, April 1st @ 7:30pm – Horizon Credit Union Center
Game #4 – Battlefords North Stars at Melville Millionaires, April 2nd @ 7:30pm – Horizon Credit Union Center
Game #5 (if necessary) – Melville Millionaires at Battlefords North Stars, April 4th @ 7:30pm- Civic Center
Game #6 (if necessary) – Battlefords North Stars at Melville Millionaires, April 6th @ 7:30pm – Horizon Credit Union Center
Game #7 (if necessary) – Melville Millionaires at Battlefords North Stars, April 8th @ 7:30pm- Civic Center
- 1050 CJNB in the Battlefords
- 102.3 CJNS in Meadow Lake
- Listen Live: http://www.cjnb.com
- Battlefords Coop Pregame Show – 7:15
- Puck drop – 7:30
Last game recap: – The North Stars lost 4-1 last night to the Melville Millionaires as the Mills were able to steal home ice away from the Stars early in the series.
There were some similarities to the previous round as the Mills came into the Civic Center and outplayed the Stars. They also won by the same 4-1 score that Estevan managed in game 1 of the previous round. Blake Young scored early for the Stars as they struck on the power play. A Kyle Schmidt point shot was re-directed off the post and in as the Stars jumped on Melville. The Stars had earned the power play on a nice move from Jake McMillen to get to the front of the net. He was hauled down and the Stars scored on the power play. A great start.
But from there is was all Mills. They tied the game with a first period power play marker of their own. A shot from the line hit Colin Mospanchuk at the side of the net and rebounded past Gudmandson. They then scored early in the second to make it 2-1. Reed Murray with a nifty backhand redirection that got past Gudmandson and juts snuck inside the far post.
Gudmanson was then beat by a shot off the rush just 32 seconds into the third and the Mills got an empty netter late. it wasn’t the North Stars number 1 goalie at his best. Although I am not sure he takes much blame for any of the goals I know Goody will not be happy having given up 4 goals and he will be looking to bounce back tomorrow.
The keys for the Stars in the loss? It appeared the Millionaires got under the skin of the North Stars and that’s something coach Hasselberg talked about in the post-game show. It’s also something that will need to be addressed. The Stars also went 1-8 on the power play and after that early first period marker they didn’t do much to get to the front of the net or to bother Isaiah Plett. Of his 38 only a handful were tough and very few were through traffic.
- Bounce back: The North Stars bounced back against Estevan with a much better effort in game 2. They will need the same thing tonight at the Civic Center. I did not think the North Stars had a very good game last night. Give the Mills all the credit as they were fantastic. The North Stars will need to be much better to compete with this Melville squad.
- Physical: Game 1 was very physical from both teams. It’s going to be a long hard grind of a series. Both teams will be battered and bruised. The Stars didn’t manage the puck well last night. They didn’t get as many pucks in deep as we are used to seeing. And because of that they weren’t as physical as we are used to seeing. In order for the Stars to grind the Mills D they need to be better with the puck especially in the neutral zone.
- Penalties: A combined 12 power plays and I thought there were several infractions that went uncalled for both sides as well. Could have been a lot more chances on the man advantage. The North Stars in particular need to play on the edge where they are physical and intense but without crossing the line. I think I would be fine with this series being played mostly at 5-on-5 as I think the Stars will be just fine playing that way.
- Second Period: Once again I thought the North Stars had a rough second period. Not sure why it keeps happening but I know it’s something they will be looking to correct. They also need to be ready to play early in periods as they given up some early period goals so far in the playoffs. A couple little corrections that could take the Stars a long way.
- Puck Management: Whether it was misguided passes or passes that weren’t fielded cleanly the North Stars struggled moving the puck last night. They made some bad decisions. And all in all they didn’t put pucks where they want to put them. How many times did they fluff a dump in or fan on a pass? Too many to count. That will have to chance tonight. They must take care of the puck which is the way the North Stars are famous for playing.
- Shots: The North Stars don’t lose very often when they outshoot their opponent. But when they it’s because they weren’t able to get to the dirty areas and weren’t able to create traffic in front. That was the case last night. It will be interesting to see how many shots the Stars get tonight and how many are with a guy planted in front.
- McColgan: While he didn’t get on the score sheet I though Luke was one of the North Stars best players last night. His line looked dangerous at times. And McColgan himself? Plenty of jump. He’s played well against Melville this season. He could be a huge key.
- Crowd: Another 1,500 people in the Civic Center last night. The Wilkie Outlaws were playing a provincial final game at home. That may have cost the Stars a few fans. Hopefully another big crowd turns out tomorrow night. No matter what happens the North Stars always work hard and the game are always entertaining. And a big crowd can really help the Stars as they need a bounce back game tonight.
Some Keys for the Stars:
1) Big Players – Coach Hasselberg mentioned on the post-game show that the big players need to be big players. He meant that literally. It wasn’t big players in terms of their best players needing to play well. (which they do) But in terms of their bigger players physically need to play big. They have some bulk up front that needs to used to good effect on the Mills D and in front of Plett.
2) Composure – Coach Hasselberg also mentioned the Mills beaking the Stars and getting under their skin. So there is another area where the Stars can and will be better. If the just focus on playing their hockey they will likely get the last word. With wins.
3) Consistent – The home town boys need a solid full 60 minute effort. Take care of the puck. Go to the net. And do it consistently for the full game.
North Stars Lineup:
Forbes – Fransoo
Schmidt – Erickson
Charleson – Yew
McMillen – McColgan – Delainey
Young – Blair – Keller
Quinn – Petrino – Heinrich
Fountain – Reich – Greenaway
Scratches: Leonenko, Regan Yew, Lacoursiere