The Battlefords North Stars won 9-2 at the Civic Center thanks to a strong first period.
In the opening frame the Bruins actually started okay and had a number of shots towards Spencer Tremblay. He stopped a few of them and the Stars blocked a whole bunch as well. Those early shot blocks loomed large when the Stars were able to clear the puck after a mad scramble in front. Logan Nachtegaele told me after the game that he was able to poke the puck to Robin Yew and the two were away. Robin used Logan as a decoy on the 2-on-1 and snapped home the opening goal.
The Bruins traded for Brandon Holtby before the game with their starter Brett Lewchuk hurt. Holtby started the game but only lasted 20 minutes. The Stars got their second on a power play when a Ryne Keller point shot was deflected home by Brenden Heinrich. Late in the first the Stars were up 2-0. They didn’t stop there. Adam Smith fired a rink wide saucer pass from the far half wall to Connor Vermeulen sneaking in off the far point. Vermeulen fired a bullet over the glove of Holtby to make it 3-0. 1:17 later Heinrich found a loose puck in the slot and fired home to make it 4-0 after 1.
In the second Matt Saharchuk scored his 8th of the season to make it 5-0 North Stars. Saharchuk cutting into the slot and firing in off the post past Tyler Gutenberg who was pressed into service after the opening frame. THe Bruins then got a greasy one with the Duret brothers teaming up to poke a puck past Tremblay after a North Stars turnover. Not long later the Bruins got another. A shot deflected off a Star, it was going wide, hit the post, looked to be loose behind Tremblay before it was poked home by Keegan Allison.
That made it 5-2 and the crowd was momentarily silenced. But after 5 or 6, maybe more, excellent shifts in a row the Stars had the momentum. Kendall Fransoo shot a rolling puck and it knuckled past Gutenberg to make it 6-2 after 40 minutes.
The home team got three more goals in the third. Saharchuk scored his second of the game. A sharp angle shot beating Gutenberg on the glove side and just inside the post. Then Jackson Bond banked one in off a Bruin from just below the goal line. I thought Fountain got it in front but it was Bond’s goal. Then a puck came to Reed Delainey at the side of the net and he slid the puck home from the side of the net and from a sharp angle.
And that rounded out the scoring. 9-2 the final. The most goals the Stars have scored in a single game since Kevin Hasselberg took the reigns. They had 8 against La Ronge a couple years ago but they hadn’t scored 9 previously. The Stars also got their first regulation time home win of the season. It’s also their first regulation win since Melville back on September 24th.
Robin Yew (1+1), Vermeulen (1+1), Saharchuk (2+1), Heinrich (2+0), and Havens (0+2) each had two point nights. Only 5 North Stars were kept off the scoresheet. Tremblay even had a helper as well as another win.
The Stars take on Kindersley in their next game, Tuesday on the road.