Monday, December 05, 2005

Cleveland knocks off Stars twice

The Traverse City North Stars suffered a pair of setbacks over the weekend, dropping a pair of games against Cleveland in a North American Hockey League North Division series at Lakefront Arena.

The Barons posted a 5-2 victory on Saturday and knocked off the Stars by a 4-2 margin on Sunday.

On Saturday, Barons forward and NAHL leading point-producer Carter Camper scored twice and assisted on Tomas Petruska’s game-opening tally to lift the hosts to a 5-2 triumph. Jeremy Tejchma had two goals, including a shorthanded effort in the second period, while Josh Leonard dished out a trio of assists. Both of Camper’s scores came on the power play.

Danny Dries had both goals for Traverse City, on assists from Tony Swarthout, Zeke Costello, and Patrick Nagorsen. Dries’ second goal of the game – his sixth of the season – may have been purely academic in terms of the final outcome, but it also ended a five-game, 31-opportunity drought on the power play for the North Stars. The last time TC scored with an opponent in the box was Nov. 12.

On Saturday, Petruska scored two more goals, Camper added a pair of assists and Leonard took center stage for the Barons with a goal and two helpers. The triumvirate of Steven Oleksy, Costello and Jared Mullen accounted for all the Stars’ scoring, as Oleksy tied the game at 16:13 of the first period with his fourth goal of the year on assists from Costello and Mullen, while Costello gave Traverse City a brief 2-1 lead at 10:41 of the second period on a goal set up by passes from Mullen and Oleksy. Petruska and Brett Jendra posted unrequited goals in the second and third periods to seal the Stars’ fate.

Jeremy Kaleniecki (pictured above) worked both ends of the doubleheader, making 66 saves on 75 shots. Bobby Jarosz did the same for Cleveland (15-11-4) with 50 saves in 54 attempts.

The Stars, who fall to 9-13-3, have lost seven straight outings – a franchise high – and will look to snap that skid next weekend in a Friday-Saturday set at Mahoning Valley.

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