North Stars clinch home ice with win over Bombers

After a 6-1 humiliation on Friday, the Battlefords North Stars bounced back at the Whitney Forum with a 4-1 win Saturday night to clinch the top seed overall in the SJHL.

The win means the North Stars have home ice throughout the entire SJHL playoffs, wrapping up top spot with two weeks still to go in the regular season.

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The North Stars got on the board first with a power play goal from Matthias Urbanski at the 5:36 mark of period one. Donavan Houle-Villeneuve tied it up midway through the period, but Kaden Boser restored the North Stars' lead for good at the 19:03 mark.

In period two, Matthew Fletcher's 12th of the season gave the North Stars a 3-1 lead, and that score held up until the final four seconds of the game, when Austin Becker scored his 21st of the season into an empty net.

The North Stars outshot Flin Flon 40-35 with Adam Dmyterko stopping 34 shots for the win.Dmyterko was also named the first star of the game; Kaden Boser was number two and Houle-Villeneuve three. 

The win was the 43rd of the season for the North Stars, against nine losses and two overtime defeats. Nevertheless it will be back to work for the North Stars less than 24 hours later, as they play Sunday in Nipawin. 

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