Monday, October 24, 2005

North Stars break even at Showcase

The Traverse City North Stars sandwiched two wins around two losses at last week's NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn.

Opening the week, Traverse City fell, 6-1, to the Bozeman Icedogs before rebounding the next day with a 7-1 thumping of the Billings Bulls. The North Stars then held on for a 4-3 win over the Wasilla Spirit and ended the week with a 3-1 loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

"It was a very positive experience," said Traverse City associate coach Mike Stapleton. "For the kids to see that they can compete and that they do belong with these teams was important. Now, they have expectations of themselves and we have expectations of them that are higher. It's an important learning tool for the rest of the season."

The North Stars travel to Mahoning Valley this Saturday and Sunday for two North Division games with the Phantoms.

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