The latest winning streak for the Battlefords North Stars is over, following a weekend split of games with the Humboldt Broncos.
The North Stars won the first game at home 5-2, but dropped the second game on the road 5-3 ending a seven game winning streak for the club.
It was a particularly big weekend for Ben Hiltz, who had a goal and two assists in the Friday contest and then scored another goal in the Saturday game.
The Saturday game was also the first game back for Adam Dmyterko in goal for the North Stars, but two late Broncos goals sunk the North Stars in the end.
With nine games left in the regular season the North Stars have a record of 39-8-2-0 for 80 points, 15 ahead of Flin Flon for first place in the league. Even though the North Stars-Broncos games on the weekend were between divisional rivals, the North Stars had already clinched the division title over the Broncos a week earlier.
The North Stars are back in action hosting Melfort and Melville at the Civic Centre on Friday and Saturday.
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The North Stars got off to a fast start Friday at the Civic Centre before Humboldt made a game of it. Steven Kesslering, injured during the Showcase in Regina, was back in the lineup Friday and got the first goal at the 4:37 mark, Austin Becker and Timon Prexler assisting.
The North Stars extended the lead to 2-0 later in the period on the 27th of the year for Quintin Loon-Stewardson at the 11:28 mark, with Becker and Noah Form assisting. But the Broncos tied it up in the second period on goals from Tyson McLean and Logan Kurki.
The period was also livened up by a scrap between the North Stars’ Kaden Boser and Broncos’ Graysen Cameron at the 16:35 mark, which resulted in major fighting and game misconduct penalties.
In the third period Ben Hiltz was on fire, scoring at the 4:15 mark from Jaxon Steele and Matthew Fletcher to make it 3-4. Seth Summers then scored at the 8:05 mark from Steele and Matthias Urbanski, and finally it was Steele’s goal from Form and Hiltz that wrapped up the scoring at the 11:56 mark.
The North Stars outshot the Broncos 37-34; Kristian Lyon stopped 32 of 34 shots for the win.
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In the Saturday night contest in Humboldt it was the Broncos who came out with a strong start. Logan Foster’s goal in the first period gave the Broncos the 1-0 lead, and then Tristan Shewchuk made it 2-0 at the 4:19 mark of period two.
Austin Becker brought the North Stars within one at the 12:03 mark, but Logan Kurki restored the two goal lead early in period three.
The North Stars refused to quit, however, and goals from Steele at the 3:55 mark on the power play, and Hiltz at the 6:36 mark unassisted, tied the game.
The Broncos finally took the lead to stay at the 12:51 mark from Karter McNarland. An empty net goal from Kade Olsen wrapped up the scoring.