North Stars beat Broncos

The Battlefords North Stars beat the Humboldt Broncos 4-2 last night at the Civic Center. That’s the second straight Kramer Division win for the Stars.

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The Stars scored the only goal of the opening period when a pass from behind the net ended up loose in the slot and Otto Mitchell blasted a shot past Jack Romanuik in the Humboldt net. Spencer Tremblay picked up where he left off in Notre Dame as he posted 14 saves in the first most of which were of the routine variety. He did go post to post late in the period to get a pad on a shot from Trevor Posch.

The home team had plenty of chances in the second period including a Matt Saharchuk shot after a nice seem pass from Connor Vermeulen. Saharchuk almost scored the rebound on a wrap around jam play but was stopped. Baxter Kanter showed strength late in the second period to shove his man down and center the puck but Jackson Bond just missed a re-direct in front.

The Stars had several odd man rush chances in the game including a Jackson Bond break away in the first period after a steal in the high slot but Bond missed the target. Reed Delainey and Jordan Townsend had a couple of two on ones in the game that they were unable to convert including a rush in the third that was broken up by Greg Moro. Jake McMillen out of the penalty box in the third almost had a two on zero with Jackson Bond but the pass was in his skates and he couldn’t control.

Brenden Heinrich had a couple of rushes in the game that led to scoring chances. Heinrich able to beat the D wide and power to the goal. But he was stopped both times by Jack Romanuik. There were two somewhat unique situations in the game. The first was some 3-on-3 play. After the Stars took a couple of penalties in the same stoppage the Broncos had a full two minutes of 5-on-3. But one of the previously mentioned Brenden Heinrich rushes led to a penalty against Moro and a Broncos 4-on-3 power play. Later in the sequence a tripping call against Matthew Kenney meant the game saw a passage of play at even strength 3-on-3. You don’t see that very often.

I mentioned a chance for a Jake McMillen 2-on-0 breakaway in the third that the Stars just missed after McMillen came out of the penalty box. That was after it looked like McMillen was going to fight. Connor Sych was having none of that though as he stepped in to protect his team mate. Sych won the tilt against Ashton McLeod and each got 5 and a game. McMillen got an unsportsmanlike penalty after he had dropped his gloves. He was ready to fight but Sych wanted to ensure McMillen used his hands for trying to score rather than fighting.

The North Stars also had a few posts in the game as well including a Nick Fountain crossbar in the third period and a Michael Statchuk post in the second period that hit the INSIDE of the post and somehow still stayed out of the net.

With the score still 1-0 in the third the Broncos tied it up. A point shot went wide, hit the end boards and bounced out the far side and right to Kenney who scored. The Stars got their lead back when Connor Vermeulen popped up in front of the net to bat in a rebound. Less than 2 minutes later though the Broncos got another tying goal. Stuart Symenuk popping in a game tying goal.

But Vermeulen turned up again down low in the Broncos zone late in the third and his pass found Brady O’Sullivan who converted for the game winning goal. The Stars killed that late McMillen penalty and then scored a short handed empty netter after Brenden Heinrich had taken a penalty with 1:10 remaining in regulation. The Stars contained the Broncos power play well and Reed Delainey slid the puck down the ice and into the empty net.

I thought Vermeulen was having a strong game before the third period so it was no surprise after scoring a goal and setting up two more it was Vermeulen who was named #1 Star on the Canadian Tire 3 Stars. Spencer Tremblay was solid picking up the second star and his second straight win. And Jake Calverley had perhaps his best game as a North Star. His D pair with Kendall Fransoo was very good all night and very composed when at times, especially in the second period, the Stars struggled to control the puck. Calverley was the third star.

The Stars were solid in the first and third periods and even in the second period when they seemed to be struggling a bit and maybe fighting the puck the still only allowed a couple of scoring chances, very few shots and had several chances to score.

The Bond, Kanter, and Mitchell line was solid once again and have now put together several good games in a row. The Keller, Heinrich and Fountain line was good again as well, especially in the third period. And the Stars got offense from all 4 lines as well as the D in a solid 4-2 win over a divisional opponent.

The North Stars next game in Friday at the Civic Center versus Melfort.

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