Saturday, October 01, 2005

Friday's Michigan juniors roundup

Chris Cooper scored twice for the Black Bears last night

Last night was a busy night for junior hockey in Michigan.

On the road in Kitchener, the Saginaw Spirit extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-2 win over the host Rangers. Michal Birner scored twice and Jesse Gimblett and Jack Combs added singles. Saginaw goalie Francois Thuot stopped 46 shots for the win.

In Plymouth, the Whalers played before a sparse Friday night crowd and fell to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, 4-2. Dan Collins scored both goals for Plymouth and goalie Justin Garay made 31 saves. The Whalers were 1-for-14 on the power play.

Over in Traverse City, the North Stars used a three-goal outburst to beat the U.S. Under-17 Team, 4-3. Danny Dries, Jonathan Juliano, Patrick Nagorsen and newcomer Adam Sponseller tallied for Traverse City making Jeremy Kaleniecki's 26-save performance in net stand up.

The Alpena IceDiggers are off until next weekend when they play a pair in Ann Arbor against the U.S. Under-17 Team.

At Big Bear Arena, the Northern Michigan Black Bears dropped a 5-4 decision to the North Bay Skyhawks. Chris Cooper scored two goals and Ryan Huggett and Michael Caprio one apiece. Goaltender Michael Bell made 13 saves in defeat.

In CSHL play, the Flint Jr. Generals beat the Michigan Ice Dogs, 4-3, that saw the lead change three times. Scott Gossman and Dave Stone had a goal and an assist each. Also scoring were Matt Prashaw and Joel Hornung. Ben Liebenow stopped 38 shots to get the win in goal for Flint. Justin Petterle, Shawn Skelly and Joe Trotter scored for the Ice Dogs and Dave Wilson stopped 21 in the loss.

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