SJHL Game #18 – Battlefords North Stars at La Ronge Ice Wolves

North Stars 2014-15 Record: 10-4-3-0

NorSask North Stars Hockey Broadcast Info:

  • 1050 CJNB in the Battlefords
  • 102.3 CJNS in Meadow Lake
  • Listen Live: http://www.cjnb.com
  • Ultra Print Pregame Show – 6:45
  • Puck drop – 7:00
  • Twitter.com/NorthStarsVoice

Last game recap: – The North Stars beat Yorkton 2-1 last night at the Civic Center. That win improved the North Stars to 3-3-2 on home ice.

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The North Stars opened the scoring in the first period last night when Reed Delainey beat Dylan Baer wide and powered to the front of the goal. The North Stars forward was able to slide the puck through the 5-hole to beat Terriers goalie Matt Kustra. That goal came just 9 seconds after a penalty against the Stars. It was a goal straight from a face-off win in the Stars zone, Delainey rushed all the way up the ice  and put the Stars in front.

Later in the period the Terriers tied the game during some 4-on-4 play. A point shot went wide off the end boards and rebounded out to Riley Hunt. He beat Ryan Rewerts with under a minute to go in the opening period and it was 1-1 after 1.

There was no scoring in the second period despite the Stars playing arguably their best period of the season. Early in the frame a scrum sparked off three fights. Nick Fountain had more than one Terrier on him after a whistle. Jake Calverley took exception as did Kendall Fransoo. In the end Fountain fought Ellis, Fransoo went with Dylan Johnson and Calverley fought Gatzke. All three players for each team were kicked out of the game. That wasn’t the first time in the game, and it wasn’t the last, that saw more than one Terrier player taking on one North Star after a whistle. It seemed like whenever there was a scrum the Terriers would double team a North Star. So the Stars stood up for themselves and each team was short some players.

For the Stars it left them with 4 D-men. Erickson and Keller played a shift, then Vermeulen and Statchuk played and then they repeated that over and over all game. Those 4 were outstanding. In fact, every North Star was good last night. The line of Heinrich, Havens and McMillen were flat out dominant, especially in the second period and how they didn’t score I will never know. Jackson Bond had a fantastic chance in the second period during a scramble in front but couldn’t get the puck threw traffic to an empty net. Eventually he did pop the puck home later during the same scramble but the net was off and the ref waived the goal off.

In the end it was still 1-1 after 40. But the Stars should have been in front. They didn’t let that discourage them though and they came out and scored the winner in the third. Jake Erickson jumped up into the rush and broke out with a 2-on-1 with Otto Mitchell. Erickson saucered it across to Mitchell who was able to settle the puck and score with a nice shot over the glove of Kustra. The Stars had several odd man rushes in the game that they couldn’t execute well. That included a 4-on-1 at one point where I don’t think the Stars got a shot. It was nice to see the Stars execute when it mattered though to get the game winner.

The Stars then saw out the game with a solid third period to take the win. The killed off all 3 Terriers power plays to run the streak to 33 heading into tonight’s game.

Storylines:

  • Suspensions: Last night’s game featured some rough stuff and there are some players suspended tonight. Nick Fountain and Kendall Fransoo are each suspended for 2 games. And North Stars head coach Kevin Hasselberg is also suspended. So Martin Smith will fill in on the bench tonight alongside Taurean White. Last season Smith filled in for two wins over Humboldt just after Christmas.
  • APs: The Stars are also al ittle banged up. Igor is back with the team but he, as well as Weston and Nachtegaele are still out. Reed Delainey is also banged up and so the Stars have called up two affiliates from the AAA Stars. Layne Young and Troy Gerein. The Stars are off to a great start this season and both Young and Gerein have been playing well. They will also get some help with their head coach from the Midget program on the bench tonight.
  • Kortko: The last player to score a power play goal against the North Stars. Since Kortko’s power play marker on Oct 14th the Stars have killed off 33 straight power plays. At 88% the Stars PK is a percentage point behind Kindersley for first place in the league. Kortko has 11 goals and is probably the Ice Wolves most dangerous forward.
  • Road Record: The North Stars are now 7-1-1 on the road this season. 15 of a possible 18 points so far away from home. Notre Dame and Kindersley also have 7 road wins this season so the Stars are tied for the league lead with two other Kramer Division teams. Which is not a surprise I guess. The Kramer is tough.
  • Kramer Division: Still arguably the toughest division as now Humboldt has won 8 of their last 10 games and every team in the Kramer now has 10 or more wins. Right now only two other teams in the league have that many wins.

Other Notes:

  • Last game’s Canadian Tire 3 Stars: 3) Jake McMillen 2) Ryne Keller 1) Jake Erickson
  • Last game’s Sanberg Collision Collision of the Game: Matt Havens
  • Head to Head: Jordan Townsend 4 assists leads all scorers in the two games
    North Stars 4 – Ice Wolves 3 (OT) Oct 3rd
    Ice Wolves 4 – North Stars 3 (OT) Oct 14th
  • Out of Town Scoreboard: Yorkton at Kindersley, Nipawin at Notre Dame, Melfort at Flin Flon

Some Keys for the Stars:

1) Keep Building  – The Stars were pretty good Wednesday, and really good for about 40 minutes last night. Now the next step is a real solid 60 minutes tonight. Last night’s game was a game that can really bring a team together so we will see how the Stars respond tonight.

2) Excitement – There are going to be a couple guys in the lineup tonight that are going to be pretty fired up to play for the North Stars for the first time and to play their first Junior game. Hopefully the rest of the team can really embrace that excitement and play with the same emotion tonight.

3) Create – The Stars created a lot of chances last night and odd man rushes. They were only able to cash in on two of those rushes and chances. But if they keep being creative and using their speed they will score plenty of goals. Don’t get frustrated by not scoring and focus more on the process than the result and the results will come.

North Stars Lineup:

Rewerts
Tremblay

Erickson – Keller
Statchuk – Vermeulen
Calverley – Sych

Saharchuk – Mitchell – O’Sullivan
Layne Young ‘AP’ – Bond – Townsend
Heinrich – McMillen – Havens
Kanter – Smith – Troy Gerein ‘AP’

Scratches: Leonenko (inj), Weston (inj), Delainey (inj), Nachtegaele (inj), Fransoo (susp), Fountain (susp)

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