The Battlefords North Stars will hang a banner after a remarkable turn around season. From 4-12 to Kramer Division Champions.
The Stars clinched the Division with a 5-3 win last night in Kindersley. And what a dramatic game. Cam Blair scored again and the North Stars had a 1-0 lead in the first period. But the Klippers came back with 2 in the second and had a lead going to the third period.
Early in the final frame Reed Delainey scored on a power play to tie the game. Less than 3 minutes later the Stars were in front. Jack Petrino got caught with an open ice hit and having seen the replays it should have been a penalty. The Kindersley D man came across and his skates were off the ice and it looked like an elbow was up. Petrino jumped up right away to celebrate though. That’s because Tanner Quinn followed up the play and snapped the puck past Tyrell King while the fans and Klippers were still celebrating the hit.
The Stars had to win in regulation so it didn’t look good when Eric Pouliot threw a puck towards the slot and it went in off Blair and past Michael Gudmandson. 3-3 with 3:54 remaining.
But back came the Stars Nick Fountain drew the defenders and set up Taylor Reich who fired in off the post on the glove side. Stars back in front. And then Ben Greenaway got in on the act streaking down the wing and firing past King post and in on the blocker side. The North Stars were able to kill of the game from there and they got the win they need to be crowned division champs.
How about the Stars special teams. A great PK all night that was huge early. The PP scores twice.
The Stars also got great contributions from 20 year old players once again. Blair, Reich and Quinn all scoring for the second straight game versus Kindersley. Ben Greenaway got one last night and had two great games this weekend. Schmidt and Forbes leading and saying all the right things. Gudmandson in net. What a way to go out. Those 20 year old players have been great all season and are all great kids. They deserve a night like last night. All the North Stars do.
The fans were amazing tonight. It seemed like at least 50 North Stars fans were in Kindersley last night and they made a ton of noise. Stars fans were active on Twitter as well. And that support went a long way.
That was the first time this season the Klippers lost in regulation when leading after 2 periods of play. The North Stars finished the season on a 10 game road winning streak and with the league’s top road record.
And now we wait.The #2 seed North Stars won’t know who they play until after the Survivor Series are completed.
Congratulations to the players, staff, board members, billets, volunteers, family and fans of this great team. The North Stars are 2013-14 Kramer Division.