Sunday, November 7, 2010

Stars 7 - Hawks 1 - Recap.

Saturday night at home, the Battlefords North Stars scored seven unanswered goals an defeated the Nipawin Hawks 7-1. Brody Luhning had two goals and an assist while Kyle Birch made 33 of 34 saves for his first victory of the season.

The Hawks opened the scoring at 6:40 of the first. Brent Becker kept the puck in at the right point and blasted one by the far-side of Birch.

Late in the first the Stars tied it thanks to a gritty effort from Boyd Wakelin and his linemates. Brett Miller and Shayne Morrissey did a lot of the dirty-work behind the Nipawin net, and finally Wakelin got a point-blank chance in front that he connected on.

Late in the first the Stars took the lead for good when Tanner Schwab dug a puck free from goalie Brody Hoffman and put it home for his second of the season.

Early in the second period, the pace of the same changed for good when Woody Klassen nailed Hawk's forward Steven Jean with an open-ice check. Scott Brkich came to the aid of his forward and dropped the gloves with Klassen. Tony Oak got involved as well and was booted from the game for being the third man in. Klassen and Brkich both got fighting majors. Steven Jean never saw another shift.

The Stars made it 3-1 29 seconds later on a gorgeous goal from Brody Luhning. After a failed clear, Luhning kept the puck it at the right point, toe-dragged through one defender, deked past the other and then finished with a back-hand that beat Brody Hoffman.

Keith Grondin would later add his ninth of the year to make it 4-1 and that spelt the end of the night for Hoffman who left after 23 shots and 19 saves. Stephen Klein took over, and didn't receive any better fortune. On a power-play, Colin Phaneuf redirected a Woody Klassen point-shot for his 10th of the year. Blake Tatchell then scored on a five-on-three to give the Stars a 6-1 lead after two.

Brody Luhning added his second of the game in the final minute of the third to lift the Stars to the 7-1 final.

Kyle Birch was solid at the other end for the Stars. He kept his game simple and stopped 33 of 34 shots. The Stars took only two minor penalties and managed to kill them both off. They finished two for six on the power-play.

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