North Stars comeback falls just short

The Battlefords North Stars were not very good in the first 30 minutes last night as they fell behind by 3 goals for the second straight game.

Kindersley opened the scoring when Graham Lanigan grabbed his first of the year on a power play. Later in the eriod 16 year old Kolby Johnson set up Kindersley’s second. Johnson was behind the net but found a reverse pass out front that allowed Derrick Morrell to score and make it 2-0. At the end of the first, with Matt Havens in the box, Regan Yew took a tripping penalty.

So the Stars started the second with just 3 skaters for 40 seconds. The Klippers scored on the power play when Owen LaClare set up Stephan Seel. The silver lining? Havens had made it back on the ice so the goal ended Regan Yew’s penalty and the game was back to 5 on 5.

A couple minutes later the Stars Connor Vermeulen dropped the gloves with Gage Joel. Joel landed a couple punches and then went for a take down. Vermeulen was able to get in a few punches before they were separated. On the same sequence Ryne Keller, Nick Fountain and the Klippers Shaw Watkins and Owen LaClare were all given penalties for some rough stuff. After those players returned the Stars started to get back in the game.

I spoke with Brendan Heinrich after the game and he felt like he had not played well. But I did think that line had a few good shifts in the second period. Grinding shifts. Where they controlled the ball along the wall and started winning some battles. To that point the Stars had played a perimeter game and hadn’t won any battles down low.

Slowly but surely the road team got back in the game and started to pump shots on the Kindersley net. By the end of the second the Stars had outshot the Klippers 17-4 and gotten back within 2. On a late second period penalty kill the Stars scored shot handed. Reed Delainey stole the puck and chipped out to neutral ice. Then Delainey used his speed and smarts to steal the puck from Shaun MacPherson and then fed Matt Saharchuk at the Klippers blue line. Saharchuk gave it right back to Delainey who was in alone from the top of the face off circles and then lifted the puck over Evan Weninger.

So 3-1 in the third and it was Delainey again. The North Stars had plenty of chances on the power play in the game and in the third period but they started the season zero for their first 14 chances on the man advantage. Delainey’s second of the game though broke that skid during a mid-third period power play. And with the net empty for the extra attacker Delainey’s point shot was deflected home by Matt Saharchuk to tie the game.

Saharchuk with a goal and an assist. Two goals and an assist for Delainey. But it was Spencer Tremblay’s outstanding save with seconds remaining that helped secure the Stars a point. Stephan Seel was left all alone and one on one with the keeper but Tremblay made the save and somehow the team in black cleared the puck.

Unfortunately the come back fell short as the Klippers Cody Young, who had a good weekend, scored the winner on a deflection a little over a minute into OT.

So the North Stars fall short as they tried to come back from three goals down but they did get a point, show great character and I think learned some very valuable lessons. They know what they have to do to compete and succeed in this league and they showed that when they do those things they are a very good team.

Next up the North Stars travel to Yorkton on Tuesday to face the Terriers.

Canadian Tire 3 Stars: 3) Robin Yew 2) Cody Young 1) Reed Delainey
Sanberg Collision Collision of the game: Robin Yew for his first period open ice hit on Sawicki

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