Stars fall in OT in rematch with Bombers

By Martin Martinson
January 27, 2019 - 7:05am Updated: January 27, 2019 - 7:36am

In the second game of back-to-backs with the Flin Flon Bombers, the Battlefords North Stars dropped a heartbreaker in overtime, 6-5 the final at the Whitney Forum in Flin Flon.

After Flin Flon opened the scoring just two-and-a-half minutes into the first period, the North Stars would come bounding back to score four-straight before the first intermission.

Dayton Heino scored his fourth and fifth of the season, which also served as his first two goals in a North Stars sweater, transforming the one-goal deficit into a one-goal lead for his team.

Following up Heino’s second of the game, Austin Shumanski also scored his first with the team this season on a seeing eye shot from the left point.

At 3-1, Braydon Buziak would also get in on the action, scoring his 14th of the season and fourth goal in five games. Buziak's tally came off a dazzling feed by Elijah Loon-Stewardson who delivered it right in the wheelhouse for the veteran forward after making a couple of nice moves to enter the Bombers’ zone; 4-1 at the end of the first.

In the second, the two teams would trade goals, one apiece.

After a Brandson Hein laser cut the Stars’ lead to 4-2, Ryan Gil would answer back just two-and-a-half minutes later, scoring his 16th of the year to re-establish his team’s three-goal lead, 5-2.

In the third, however, the Bombers would storm back. After Caleb Moretz scored just 1:29 into the period, Brandson Hein would strike again with his second of the game on a breakaway. The tally marked Hein’s 38th of the year.

Now just a one-goal game, the Bombers would look to their captain, Nate Hooper for the tying goal with under five minutes remaining. Delivering of a shot from in tight, Hooper delivered, 5-5, the game was heading to overtime.

In overtime it would once again be Hooper to answer the call, scoring his second of the game and 22nd of the season to complete the comeback and clinch the 6-5 win.

Stars’ goaltender, Joel Grzybowski was the best player on either side making a number of highlight-reel saves for his team while stopping 43 of the 49 shots he faced,

The North Stars will now get nearly a full week off, before the team returns to action Feb. 1 to take on the Melville Millionaires in Melville.

 

Scoring summary

First period:

2:31 FF Ryder Richmond (2) ASST: Ethan Daniels (1), Daylan Marchi (28)

5:06 BAT Dayton Heino (4) ASST: Regan Doig (9)

8:33 BAT Dayton Heino (5) ASST: Austin Becker (7), Regan Doig (10)

10:07 BAT Austin Shumanski (1) ASST: Brett Gammer (11), Elijah Loon-Stewardson (15)

16:15 BAT Braydon Buziak (14) ASST: Elijah Loon-Stewardson (16), Dayton Heino (7)

Second period:

4:10 FF Brandson Hein (37) ASST: Cade Kowalski (32), Tyler Higgins (4)

6:31 BAT Ryan Gil (16) ASST: Brett Gammer (12)

Third period:

1:29 FF Caleb Moretz (18) ASST: Ethan Daniels (2), Daylan Marchi (29)

13:43 FF Brandson Hein (38) ASST: Nate Hooper (48), Tyer Higgins (5)

15:49 FF Nate Hooper (21) ASST: Brandson Hein (27), Cade Kowalski (33)

Overtime:

2:40 FF Nate Hooper (22) ASST: Brandson Hein (28)

6-5 Bombers, the Final.

 

Martin.Martinson@jpbg.ca

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