Monday, December 05, 2005

Black Bears win, lose over weekend

The Northern Michigan Black Bears played two games at the Big Bear Arena last weekend and came away with a win and a loss to bring their record to 13-8-02, good for second place in the NOJHL's Western Division behind the Soo Thunderbirds.

Friday night, the Sudbury Jr. Wolves won, 2-1, in a shootout. Michael Herbert scored for the Bears while Rob Bonhomme answered for Sudbury. Brian McGarry won it in the shootout.

Tony Stoehr stopped 34 shots for Northern Michigan and Paul Pidutti finished with 39 saves for the Wolves.

Saturday night, Northern Michigan posted a 4-1 win over the Manitoulin Islanders on the strength of a third-period natural hat trick from forward-assistant coach Derek Stabile (pictured). Michael Caprio had tied the game early in the period after Manitoulin jumped out to a 1-0 lead.

Stoehr earned the win with an 18-save outing and Billy Stone made 41 stops for Manitoulin.

The Black Bears host the North Bay Skyhawks (Saturday) and Blind River Beavers (Sunday) this weekend.

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