After winning just two video games during the Northern Ontario Bantam ‘AAA’ Hockey League Minor Division normal season, the Timmins North Stars discover themselves one recreation faraway from knocking off the North Bay Trappers.
Were it not for a 2d-period disintegrate of fantastic proportions Saturday night, the North Stars might already be basking in the glory of knocking off the department’s pinnacle group within the opening round of the playoffs.
Instead, Sunday morning’s four-2 victory over the Trappers at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex evened the excellent-of-5 series at 2-2, with the 5th and figuring out recreation to be played in North Bay on Saturday.
After splitting the first games of the series in North Bay the previous weekend, the North Stars blew a 2-0 lead and ended up on the fast stop of a four-2 score Saturday night.
North Stars instruct Stephen Surcon become certainly a whole lot happier with his squad’s attempt than he have been with Saturday night time’s setback.
“Saturday, we didn’t display up,” he stated.
“We were lucky North Bay didn’t virtually display up either. Otherwise, it’d were a protracted night time.
“We nevertheless got up 2-0, that’s sort of what you desire for because excellent teams will discover approaches to be triumphing even if they may be now not playing nicely.
“The tale of the game Saturday night though was our second duration. We simply were given hemmed in our very own quit and chased the p.C. Manner too much.
“It became a great lesson approximately running difficult and no longer having to chase the sport. It became a conventional instance of every body expecting anyone else to be doing their process and it grew to become out ultimately nobody turned into doing their process.”
Special groups and robust goaltending were a aspect within the North Stars’ victory at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex Sunday morning.
Patrice Lafontaine’s electricity-play marker at eight:01 of the outlet length staked the North Stars to a 1-zero lead.
The Trappers tied things up early inside the middle body courtesy of Nolan Masson’s electricity-play marker, however the North Stars retook the lead and then pushed it to a couple of goals thanks to a pair of power-play markers of their very own.
Lafontaine’s 2nd goal of the game, on the 8:28 mark, gave the North Stars a 2-1 lead and then Nic Sullivan scored what might prove to be the sport-winning intention with .18 seconds remaining within the period.
It regarded like the Trappers may warfare back and end the collection in four video games while Chase Thompson scored an unassisted marker on the 6:29 mark to tug the traffic to inside one intention with lots of time final on the clock.
The North Stars were having none of it, however, as Kaeden McArthur deposited the percent into the empty Trappers’ net with five.6 seconds ultimate in law to make the very last score 4-2.
Surcon knows with a little more effort on Saturday his squad may want to have finished its dissatisfied of the Trappers without having to make the journey again to North Bay.
“We had a golden possibility, up 2-0,” he said.
“There turned into a mad scramble in front of their net and we simply couldn’t convert on it. If we had put them down three-zero that might had been it. That changed into the turning point of that recreation.”
Puck luck might have been at the North Stars’ side in the course of Sunday morning’s contest, but hard paintings changed into honestly the determined thing.
“We simply caught to the sport plan,” Surcon said.
“Saturday, we had a tough time getting pucks out of our end. Our forwards were cheating a little bit too a long way up the ice, but today they replied to what had made us successful.
“We made sure we exited the area on time and our forwards labored tough on the backcheck to assist out.”
While Surcon was glad with the effort put forth with the aid of many of his North Stars, two especially stuck his eye.
“Clearly our goaltending,” he stated.
“Keiden Wynne has kept us wherein we are all collection and Bowen Harvey may have performed the game of his life these days. He has had a variety of demanding situations this yr and I was very satisfied to see him reply so properly these days.
“You want exact goaltending within the playoffs to win video games and we have become appropriate goaltending from each of them proper now.”
So, going forward what’s going to the North Stars should do to close out the collection on a wonderful notice?
“Just hold our focus and stick to the sport plan,” Surcon stated.
“I don’t assume North Bay can take care of our game plan. We just need to outwork them once we get the % out of our personal stop.
“I assume we are in position to win Game 5.”
After earning a split of the primary games in North Bay, the North Stars are confident they are able to win on the road.
“We should have gained the second, as nicely,” Surcon said.
“We simply had no p.C. Luck that recreation. The kids recognise North Bay is beatable. We are looking forward to them to come back tough, but we are equipped for the project.”
Harvey went the distance in net for the North Stars to report the victory, while Trappers goalie Vaughn Thompson became tagged with the loss.
TRAPPERS 4 NORTH STARS 2
Things began off nicely for the North Stars in Game 3 of the collection Saturday night time at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex.
They have been capable to accumulate a 2-0 lead, with McArthur and Lafontaine each finding the returned of the net — the latter coming with the man advantage.
It became all Trappers inside the second period, but, with the North Stars hemmed in their very own zone for extra than 14-and-a-half of mins of the 17-minute length.
Were it no longer for the stellar play of Wynne, the North Stars might in all likelihood have trailed badly after the middle body as opposed to being tied 2-2 heading to the 1/3 duration.
He held the citadel until Thompson beat him with three:27 to play within the body and then surrendered the tying purpose to Masson with just 21.9 seconds remaining on the clock.
Justin Rousseau’s strength-play aim at the 5:27 mark of the 1/3 period gave the Trappers their first lead of the night time.
They introduced a bit insurance with 4:15 ultimate in regulation while Thompson brought his 2nd of the night time to make the very last score 4-2 in favour of the traffic.
The North Stars pulled Wynne in favour of an additional attacker with 2:28 to play, but they were unable upload to their total.
Dylan Lemcke went the space in internet for the Trappers to earn the win, whilst Wynne was tagged with the loss.