Tuesday, November 23, 2010


One month removed from a humbling 11-1 loss in Humboldt, the Stars bounced back with a 7-4 victory over the Humboldt Broncos. Kyle Hall scored three goals and Tanner Schwab had a Gordie Howe Hat-Trick for the Stars.

Hall opened the scoring at the nine minute mark of the opening frame. Hall banged home a rebound off a Cody Folstad point-shot. Humboldt would tie it on a nifty effort from Justin Buzzeo. Buzzeo was initially denied on a breakaway by Kyle Birch, but he grabbed his own rebound, and worked his way back into the goal-mouth area and scored.

At the end of 20 minutes, the Stars were outshooting Humboldt 17-12 and had lots to feel good about.

Early in the second period, momentum shifted into Humboldt's favor. Nick Keller scored on a power-play which gave Humboldt a 2-1 lead. Seconds before Keller scored, Star's netminder Kyle Birch was badly interfered with, but did not get a call. 61 seconds later the Broncos made it 3-1 on a nice finish from Taylor Johnson.

The Stars bent, but did not break. Tanner Schwab scored a greasy one 64 seconds later to make it 3-2, and Kyle Hall's second of the night came on a power-play at 16:14 to tie the score.

Heading into the third period, it seemed like we were in for another back-and-forth affair. Only one team got the memo.

The Stars made it 4-3 early in the third on a Woody Klassen shot from the high-slot. Travis Cech added another one to the Star's total 1:12 later to give the Stars a 5-3 lead. Blake Tatchell's 14th of the season came 1:09 after that one and all of a sudden it was 6-3. Kyle Hall's third of the goal came at 5:19 to make it 7-3.

Another third period highlight included Tanner Schwab fighting Logan Sproule to complete his Gordie Howe Hat-Trick.

The Broncos made it 7-4 on a late power-play goal from Adam Zbitniff.

Kyle Birch made several big stops for the Stars and earned his third straight victory in the process. He stopped 32 of 36 shots faced. Andrew Bodnarchuk had a tough night on the other side, stopping 33 of 40 shots.

The Star's power-play finished one for four, while Humboldt tallied twice on five opportunities.

The Stars improve their record to 12-13-1-1 while Humboldt falls to 16-9-0-1.

Up next for the Stars, a three game road-swing which sends them to Stanley Mission Thursday night for a battle with Bob Beatty and the La Ronge Ice Wolves. Friday the Stars are in Nipawin, and then they'll wrap up their trip Saturday in Flin Flon.

Friday and Saturday's game will be broadcast live on CJNB/CJNS.


The Stars have traded goaltender Alex Sirard to Melville for future considerations.


Well North Star Nation - How did that one look and feel? Any predictions for the road-trip?


Anonymous said...

Road trip will have ONE win.

Anonymous said...

I bet you're so happy Birchy's sticking around, hey DanO?

Anonymous said...

And the best part of Hall, Rollins, Shwab success tonight was that the did it against humboldts top line of Buzzeo, Braaten, and Boyer. Good to see the young guys coming into there own.

Saskgolf said...

Hey Anonymous, great attiutude to have on a Stars board. Probably not a fan then, great game tonight boys u showed them whats up after being down 3-1. Kyle Hall is a beast and just gonna get better, i might have to eat my words about morissey getting rookie of the year cause it looks like Hall wants it more right now

Anonymous said...

The defensive play through the majority of this game was great. They really helped Kyle out tonight. I think the boys are on a roll and should do very well on this three game NE swing. I'm hoping for 5 of 6 possible points. I really liked the line combinations tonight too!

Stars123 said...

All the young guys, are getting more comfortable with the league. I thought that was Schwabs best game as a North Star,Hall is improving every game, Rollins is improving as well and Morrissey is looking more comfortable as well. I thought Houle played a great game on the backend as well.

Miss said...

Great game by the young line! So nice to see! The only bad thing I'm going to say about this post is that yes, Birch was badly interfered with; but he was way out of his net; of course he is going to get interfered with; that's what the crease is for. I'd like to see at least 4 points this weekend, but I know that its hard to take points out of the north rinks. Wouldn't a northern sweep be nice though? We did it in the south last year!

Anonymous said...

Agree young guys really playing well, but have to disagree with you on Houle. He was out of place on forward against Flin Flon. Even scarier on D because he is last line of defense. He throws a nice hit once in awhile but usually very scary out there.