The North Stars won 1-0 in Notre Dame. Ryne Keller scored the winner in the third set up by Baxter Kanter.
Spencer Tremblay posted a 26 save shutout. His third of the season. He made a number of key saves. In the second period a double pad stack save that really stands out. And then in the third he dove back to get his stick up against the post and prevent a potential jam play at the side of the goal. There were a few others as well. That’s now 3 of his last 4 starts where Spencer has been very much in top of his game. In those games he’s allowed ZERO goals at 5-on-5. It’s a shame that he was a little off in Estevan but the confidence and consistency is coming for Tremblay.
The line of Baxter Kanter, Jackson Bond and Otto Mitchell had a very good game in Notre Dame. Kanter’s shot set up the game winner as Keller was on hand to pop home the rebound. Kanter also drew a penalty late in the third period. That wasn’t the first time this weekend that he drew a penalty either. His speed was on display on the big ice and in total that line really did some nice things with the puck.
It was a somewhat quiet game offensively for both the McMillen line and the Delainey line. But both were pretty good in their own end of the ice helping contribute to the shutout.
A player who didn’t make it on to the Canadian Tire 3 Stars but maybe should have been at least an honourable mention was Jake Erickson. All 6 of the Stars D had very good performances. Jake Calverley was composed and solid in his own end and made several really nice break out passes as well. His pair with Kendall Fransoo and the pair of Statchuk and Vermeulen were both excellent. But I thought that when Erickson was on the ice the game was being played at his pace. He was skating really well and on the big ice his skating was having a big impact. He controlled play in his own zone as well. His play has been improving of the course of the season and now the Stars have a really solid D corps. When Brock Weston is back to full health it will be even deeper.
And of course it was Fountain, Keller and Heinrich on the ice in the final 40 seconds of the game and that shift really summed up the Stars effort. With Statchuk and Erickson out as well the Stars had 6 players on the ice that are all 20 year old guys. They wanted that veteran presence on the ice and it paid off big time. The forwards barely let the Hounds out of their own zone and when they did get to the neutral zone the road team forced a turnover and got the puck back in deep. In the end a battling shift from the Stars meant that the Hounds never did get Alexi Thibodeau to the bench for the extra attacker.
At the end of a difficult road trip the Stars managed to pull out a very important victory. Winning the third game of a three game road trip down south is never easy. But they were able to execute their game plan really well. It says a lot about the charcater of the group that they were able to win that big divisional game yesterday.
And now they have another big divisional game tomorrow when they host Humboldt at the Civic Center.
Canadian Tire 3 Stars: 3) Baxter Kanter 2) Ryne Keller 1) Spencer Tremblay
San-Berg Collision Collision of the Game: Jake Calverley for a first period hit in the corner that took out two Hound players.