Sunday, September 25, 2005

Saturday's Michigan juniors roundup

Traverse City celebrates their 7-3 romp over Alpena

NAHL - North Stars upend IceDiggers

The Traverse City North Stars, after losing last night to Alpena, evened up the series with a 7-3 win Saturday night at Centre ICE. Danny Dries scored two power-play goals to go along with singles from Jarrett Rush, Zeke Costello, Austin Rugal, Travis Paeth and Patrick Nagorsen. Lucas Dubay had three assists and Steve Hackman a pair. Jeremy Kaleniecki made 29 saves for the victory.

Ricardo Yesue, Drew Pierson and Steve Culbertson scored for the IceDiggers, who got 32 saves out of goalie Phil Greer.

"We kept our focus for three periods tonight," explained Stars head coach Scott Gardiner. "When we had a breakdown tonight, we were able to bounce back quickly. We shook up the lines a little bit, too."

OHL - Saginaw wins, Whalers stung in OT

The Saginaw Spirit, fresh off beating London last night, won their second straight with a 7-4 win on home ice over the Windsor Spitfires. Michal Birner scored three goals and added an assist while Matt Corrente potted a pair to back Ryan Daniels' 22 saves in goal. Jack Combs and Ryan McDonough (two assists) also scored and Tom Mannino (three assists) and Joe McCann (two assists) also contributed.

"It was a team effort," Birner said of the win. "Everyone contributed and we played tough."

Over in Plymouth, Andrew Fournier gave the Whalers a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Chad Painchaud's power-play goal in overtime gave the Sarnia Sting a 2-1 win over the Whalers. Ryan Nie stopped 34 shots in the loss.

CSHL results
-St. Louis 7, Metro Jets, 2
-Quad City 3, Flint Jr. Generals, 2 (shootout)
-Motor City Chiefs 8, Peoria 5
-Grand Rapids Jr. Owls 4, Columbus 1

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