Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stars Win One for the Ages.

Thursday night in the Battlefords, the North Stars won an absolute thriller against Estevan. Woody Klassen tied the game with less than a second remaining in regulation, and Blake Tatchell netted the O.T. winner at 4:41 of overtime to give the Stars their 10th victory.

Estevan led 1-0 after one. Mark Cross notched his 10th of the year at 18:19 to give the visitors the early edge.

The Stars bounced back in the second period with three of their own. Tim Rollins (6) Keith Grondin (17), and Brody Luhning (7) all tallied for the home team, which sent the Stars into the second intermission with a 3-1 lead.

At 5:55, the Stars made it 4-1 on Woody Klassen's power-play goal. From then on, things got wild.

The Bruins made it 4-2 on a weird goal from Kyle Johnson. The puck was seemingly underneath the pad of Graham Hildebrand, and the referee's whistle blew. Once the whistle had blown, the puck crossed the goal line, and the ref signalled goal. Ken Pearson was livid, and got tossed from the game.

Estevan then made it 4-3 on a Luke Stubel shot from the high-slot at 15:37, and then tied it at 19:03 on an unassisted marker from Troy Hunter. It went from bad to worse for the Stars when Ryan Andersen notched his 21st of the year 19 seconds later. All of a sudden a 4-1 lead turned into an almost certain 5-4 loss.


With 3.3 seconds left on the clock, the Stars had a face-off to the right of Shea Cooper. The faceoff was won cleanly back to Woody Klassen who fired a low-shot that went through the legs of several players and through Shea Cooper. Tie-game with .8 seconds left on the clock. The Civic Center went from deep sadness to utter jubilation in the span of two seconds!

Overtime went back-and-forth and in the final minute, Cody Folstad poked a puck by a pinching defenceman, and Keith Grondin skated in with Blake Tatchell two-on-one. Grondin's pass got to Tatchell and he roofed it on Shea Cooper to seal the deal and give the Stars their third straight win.

The Stars outshot The Bruins 42-41 and finished one for five in the man-advantage.

Up next for the Stars, a battle with Weyburn Saturday night at the Civic Center.


Stars123 said...

Hell of a game tonight. One of the more entertaing games ive seen.

Anonymous said...

wow wow wow way to go stars

Saskgolf said...

Howe should be demoted to atom, there is no way that goal should have counted. whistle blew puck then went in should have been no goal but he hates the battlefords and does his best to screw us. this game is the best way for the bosy to gel and get stronger, hildy one hell of a game.

Anonymous said...

I wish the Access camera had been on the other side of the ice. Everyone in my row at that end of the ice saw the puck only at the goal line and right next to the goal post. Hildy had it stopped there for a second or two. It wasn't until after the whistle blew that the Bruin player put it past Hildy's skate blade. We had a clear view and we were stunned at the call. That bad call would have been very difficult to swallow with the goals that came soon afterwards if Woody hadn't tied the game at the END of the 3rd which allowed Tatchell to get the winner for us. A very satisfying win for the boys...or should I say, the Comeback Kids.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Stars!!! Awesome show of "never give up"!!! After a scary come back by the Bruins, the home team kept the pressure on the visitors to tie and eventually win. Winning is sweet, and the perservering effort is rewarded!

Anonymous said...

why did morrissey newton and wakelin not play together? sounded like they played well in melfot