The Norman Northstars are looking ahead to the final two games of the season after splitting a pair of games at home against the Winnipeg Thrashers.
Friday night saw the Northstars play their best game of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Thrashers. It was a tightly-contested game for the entire 60 minutes, with both sides doing everything they could to try and give their team an advantage.
The scoring started early in the third period, when Nor-Man alternate captain Keistin Saunders scored his sixth goal of the season at the 1:02 mark. Jordan Pfoh would add his team-leading seventh powerplay goal of the season to give his team a 2-0 lead. Billy Klymchuk would add one late for the Thrashers, but it wasn’t enough. Waywayseecappo Wolverines prospect Braedin Melsted played one of the best games of his Midget “AAA” career, stopping 35 of 36 shots. The Northstars penalty kill continued to shine, going a perfect ten for ten.
Saturday night saw a very different game from both teams as the Thrashers dominated the Northstars en route to a 12-5 victory. The line of Klymchuk, Josiah Vanderhooft and Levi Thiessen proved to be kryptonite for the Nor-Man side, as the trio of Thrashers combined for seven goals and 19 points in the game. The Thrashers were up 8-2 at the start of the third, and stretched that to 11-2 before the Northstars attempted a late comeback. Jon Tagoona got the ball rolling with his fourth of the season with five minutes left, before Sheldin Howard and Mikey Baron added quick goals a minute later closing the gap to 11-5. The comeback was cut short less than a minute later as Klymchuk scored with three minutes to go to seal the deal.
Captain Jerome Linklater and The Pas, MB native Hunter Rambow are currently tied for the team lead in points with 34. Mitchell Reid continues to lead the team in goals with 18.
The Norman Northstars will finish off their season this weekend at the TRCC as they host the expansion Winnipeg Bruins.