Saturday, February 19, 2011

Klippers Solve the Stars 5-3.

The effort was there, but the end result left something to be desired. Friday in the Battlefords, the North Stars dropped a 5-3 decision to the Kindersley Klippers. Braedon Adamyk and Wheaton King both scored twice for Kindersley, and goaltender Justing McDonald made 40 saves in the victory.

The Klippers opened the scoring at 6:46 of the first when John Calkins beat Kyle Birch from the left-wing. For Calkins it was his 25th of the year and 91st point on the season.

The Stars waisted little time in coming back. Blake Tatchell converted off a two-on-one with Colin Phaneuf. Tatchell's 26th of the year tied the score at one.

Both Kyle Birch and Justin McDonald were really impressive in the first period, making highlight real saves at both ends.

Early in the second, the Stars took the lead when Kyle Hall beat McDonald on a low wrister from the high-slot. Hall had McDonald cheating to his right, before beating him low to the left side.

Then at 4:24, Tanner Schwab scooped a puck over McDonald's shoulder from close-in. Prior to Schwab's goal, both Mitch Galbraith and Tim Rollins had chances, but couldn't settle the puck down.

The Klippers kicked off their comeback at 11:27 when Wheaton King directed a pass from Sanfred King past Kyle Birch. Sanfred won a battle in the corner, centered the puck in front, and though Wheaton King was covered, he found a way to put the puck in.

The score was 3-2 after two.

Early in the third, Kindersley tied it when Andrew Dommett found Braedon Adamyk in front of the net. Adamyk's 39th of the year forced the 3-3 score, and then the teams went back and forth.

Overtime was looming until the final three minutes, and that's when Kindersley's Wheaton King rose to the occasion. Off a failed clear up the right wing, King stole the puck, skated in on Kyle Birch, and then lifted a back-hand over Birch's glove to give Kindersley the 4-3 lead.

Adamyk would then add an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the deal.

The Stars finished 0-4 on the powerplay, and were outshot 46-43. The Stars will spend the rest of their weekend helping with the Jackfish Lake Ice Fishing Derby before they wrap up their regular season Tuesday in Kindersley.


Anonymous said...

I really thought we played well last night... For a team thats suppose to be a top team in the league in Kindersley, at times we out played them... It was great to see such a big crowd at the rink last night... Hopefully that can continue... I like our chances against FF, we just have to go 1 round at a time.. Cant look forward to our next opponent.

Anonymous said...

Once again down by one time running out, stoppage in play, and no timeout, and we get scored on. This is at least the fourth time i have seen this at a home game. Why do we never utilize our time outs and our best players? Looks like there is no plan?

Anonymous said...

They should have a plan but it is obvious who there favorites are even when they cost us goals.