Sunday, October 02, 2005

Saturday's Michigan juniors roundup

Tracking Michigan's teams last night:

The Traverse City North Stars completed a sweep of the U.S. Under-17 Team with a 2-1 shootout victory on home ice. Joe St. John gave TC a 1-0 lead before USA tied it on a goal from Colin Wilson. All three North Stars' shooters - Adam Sponseller, Zeke Costello and Danny Dries - scored in the shootout while Traverse City goalie Ryan Donovan stopped all three USA attempts. Donovan finished with 32 saves.

"It was a great weekend for us," said North Stars coach Scott Gardiner. "To get the four points is big, getting over .500 is big, but it's how we did it - with so many different guys doing different things. It's important for us to know we can win with different combinations and with different guys stepping up."

On the road in Erie, the Saginaw Spirit allowed four power-play goals to the host Otters and fell, 4-1. Patrick Asselin scored the lone Spirit goal while goaltender Francois Thuot made 29 saves. Trenton native Sean O'Connor scored Erie's third goal.

Over in the CSHL, Chicago beat Flint, 5-2; Metro beat Cincinnati, 4-3, in a shootout; Grand Rapids defeated St. Louis, 5-2; Motor City 7, Michigan 4.

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