SJHL Game #20 – Weyburn Red Wings at Battlefords North Stars

North Stars 2014-15 Record: 11-4-4-0

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 – 7:15
  • Puck drop – 7:30
  • Twitter.com/NorthStarsVoice

Last game recap: – The North Stars lost 4-3 to Humboldt in over time on Wednesday nigth at the Civic Center.

The Stars were up 1-0 after a pretty even first period. Reed Delainey scored the go after his initial shot from the side of the goal was stopped. He was all alone in front and had time to gather his own rebound and score over Brock Hamm to make it 1-0. The first period was pretty even between the two teams with a good pace.

The North Stars came out flat in the second period and the Broncos came out strong. Those two combined to see Humboldt take control of the play. Matt Saharchuk did throw a huge hit in the period to grab the SanBerg Collision of the game award.

Late in the period the Broncos tied the game after they were finally able to beat Ryan Rewerts. Jarrett Fontaine was hanging out at the North Stars blueline while the rest of his team played D in their own the zone. The Stars essentially had a 4-on-4 in the attacking zone as Connor Sych was in neutral ice keeping an eye on Fontaine. A North Stars turnover gave the puck to the Broncos and next thing you knew it was Fontaine with the puck and Gray Marr with him for a 2-on-1. Sych and Rewerts did all the could but Marr tipped home to get the Broncos on the board.

Marr’s second of the game, and third of the year, in the third period put the Broncos on top. That was a power play goal, with one second left in the penalty to Brenden Heinrich. And snapped the Stars PK streak at 46. On a Stars power play later in the period Jordan Townsend was found alone in front and fired a perfect shot in off the post to tie the game.

But the Broncos again took the lead as Thomas Stanislavski scored on another 2-on-1 later in the period.

The North Stars pulled their goalie and eventually got a tying goal. Reed Delainey’s point shot tipped off the glove of the goalie Hamm and trickled into the net to tie.

The Broncos won it in OT though as a bad Stars line change led to a breakaway from Dylan Fluter. He beat Rewerts over the glove to win the game.

All told the North Stars weren’t at their best. They need to bounce back tonight as their home record is not nearly as god as their road record and that’s something they clearly can’t wait to address.

Storylines:

  • Home: 3-3-3 at home. 8-1-1 on the road. You don’t post that kind of road record, with wins against all the league’s top teams, unless you are a very good hockey team. Road wins over Kindersley, Flin Flon, Melfort, Melville and Yorkton all show how strong this team is this season. They will get the road record figured out here soon.
  • First Meeting: For the second straight game the North Stars will face a team they haven’t seen yet this season. That always makes for an interesting match-up as the two teams try to feel each other out. The Red Wings will be back at the Civic Center on Sunday for another meeting as well which adds to the intrigue.
  • Former North Star: Alex Bechtold is now with the Red Wings. He was with the North Stars for a few weeks last season before moving on as part of the trade that brought Robin and Regan Yew to the Stars. Bechtold is suspended though after a check from behind a couple games ago. he will miss tonight’s game before returning to the Wings lineup tomorrow night in Kindersley.
  • Games in Hand: The North Stars have 3 games in hand on the Kindersley Klippers. If they were to win all of those games they would be just 3 back of the Klippers in the Kramer Division standings. It’s early in the season still but you don’t want the Klippers to get too far ahead so those games in hand become pretty big for the Stars.

Other Notes:

  • Last game’s Canadian Tire 3 Stars: 3) Brady O’Sullivan 2) Jordan Townsend 1) Dylan Fluter
  • Last game’s Sanberg Collision Collision of the Game: Matt Saharchuk
  • Head to Head: First meeting of season
  • Out of Town Scoreboard: Notre Dame at Yorkton, Melville at La Ronge, Estevan at Nipawin

Some Keys for the Stars:

1) Puck  – The North Stars gave up two or three goals against Humboldt that stemmed from turnovers. From full control of the puck to fishing it out of the back of the net. That’s not something you normally see from the North Stars. I expect their puck management will be much better tonight.

2) Lineup: The Stars get Nick Fountain and Kendall Fransoo back from suspension tonight. Last game Logan Nachtegaele returned from injury. Reed Delainey was also in the lineup after missing a game last week. So the Stars, for the first time in a few games, will have a couple of healthy scratches. It will be interesting to see what they do with the lineup. Getting it right could help propel the team to a win.

3) Face-offs – It is one area that the North Stars have struggled at times. Yet they have a team full of natural centers with face-off winning abilities. With the North Stars in control of the puck they are usually very dangerous. You have the puck more if you win face-offs.

North Stars Lineup:

Tremblay
Rewerts

Statchuk – Vermeulen
Erickson – Keller
Fransoo – Sych

Saharchuk – Delainey – Townsend
Havens – Smith – Heinrich
Fountain – McMillen – O’Sullivan
Bond – Mitchell – Nachtegaele

Scratches: Calverley, Kanter, Weston, Leonenko

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