It simply was never meant to be for the Battlefords North Stars in 2020.
Despite the best record in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League during the regular season, the North Stars lost game seven at home to the Yorkton Terriers in the league's virtual Canalta Cup playoff simulation on NHL 20 on Friday. The final score was 6-3 Yorkton.
It was a stunning end for the North Stars, yet the club had struggled during the regular season against the Terriers. During the early part of the season it was in fact Yorkton that had recorded victories over the North Stars to snap long winning streaks.
Whether this is the actual result that would have played out had the actual SJHL playoffs proceeded is up for debate. Another NHL 20 simulation put on by the Flin Flon Reminder saw the North Stars sweep the Flin Flon Bombers to win the Canalta Cup.
The Terriers now face the Melfort Mustangs in the simulated Canalta Cup finals. The games are being streamed this week at Twitch.com/sjhlhockey .
As for the North Stars, they reacted to their result in the #SJCanaltaSim on Twitter by posting as follows:
"Our #SJCanaltaSim run has come to an end, Just in time for Jackfish Golf Course to open up on the 15th.Shine up those golf clubs boys! Big shout out to @theSJHL for the entertainment and all your hard work with the Sim! #stillchamps" .