Saturday, 5 December 2015

Stars grind out 14th straight win

Kianna Dietz drives a shot on goal for the Stars.
    Victory didn’t come easy for the Saskatoon Stars.
    The defending Saskatchewan Female Midget AAA Hockey League champs had to grind out their 14th straight win of the season on Saturday night at the Agriplace Arena against a very game Battlefords Sharks side. The Stars outshot the Sharks, who occupy the basement of the SFMAAAHL, 49-21, but only managed to pull out a 3-1 victory.
    The visiting Sharks played with some good intensity and confidence and jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:38 into the first period on a goal by Brittany Yeager. They also created a number of strong scoring chances on five different power-play opportunities causing Stars standout goaltender Emma Johnson to make a number of quality stops in a 20 save performance.
    Saskatoon tied the contest up at 1-1 inside of the final minute of the first, when Kianna Dietz and Grace Shirley combined to set up Rayna Jacobson on a pretty looking goal.
    The Stars took their first lead of the contest with 10.9 seconds to play in the second, when Jacobson and Shirley combined to spring 15-year-old rookie Brooke Hausermann in alone on the Battlefords goal on a coast-to-coast rush. The Kamsack product made no mistake tucking her fourth goal of the season past Sharks goalie Chloe Marshall to give the hosts a 2-1 edge.
Chloe Marshall kicks out a save for the Sharks.
    Saskatoon netted a short-handed goal at the 8:33 mark of the third, when Julia Rongve and Willow Slobodzian sprung Jordyn Holmes into the Sharks zone on a breakaway. Holmes made no mistake in potting a key insurance marker.
    Marshall was stellar in goal for the Sharks making 46 saves as her squad fell to 2-13-2.
    The Stars lost their first game of the 2015-16 campaign back on Oct. 3 in Melville, when they dropped a 3-1 decision to the Prairie Fire, and that has been their only setback so far this season in posting a 14-1 mark.
    They return to action on Sunday, when they host the Sharks at 2:15 p.m. at the Agriplace Arena.

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