Monday, October 09, 2006

Michigan juniors weekend recap

Recapping last weekend...

On the road, the Plymouth Whalers fell to the Owen Sound Attack Saturday night, 4-2, but came back to beat the Mississauga IceDogs, 4-2, Sunday afternoon. Saturday, Kaine Geldart and John Armstrong scored and Jeremy Smith stopped 45 shots. Jared Boll, Armstrong, Chris Terry and Evan Brophey scored Sunday to back Michal Neuvirth's 41 saves. The Whalers play in Erie Friday night before hosting London Saturday night.

Saginaw won both their home games over the weekend. The Spirit beat the Ottawa 67's Saturday by a 7-3 count and then edged the Sudbury Wolves, 2-1, Sunday. Saginaw scored five power-play goals against Ottawa and a shorthanded goal. Tyler Haskins had a goal and three assists, Jack Combs scored twice and Tom Pyatt, Tomas Zaborsky, Patrick Asselin and captain Patrick McNeill added singles. Ryan Daniels stopped 24 shots. Sunday, Zaborsky and Pyatt scored and Daniels made 28 saves. Saginaw travels to Peterborough Thursday night.

The Alpena IceDiggers swept the U.S. Under-17 Team at home to take over first place in the NAHL's North Division. Friday night, captain Nolan Craner and Todd Rudasill each potted a pair to pace Alpena to a 4-2 win. Shawn Hunwick made 29 saves. Saturday, Drew Pierson recorded a hat trick in a 6-1 win. Craner, Justin Stadler and Taylor Doorlag also scored and newly-acquired Mike Jarboe stopped 26 shots. Next up for the IceDiggers is a game at home next Sunday with the Marquette Rangers.

Marquette and the Traverse City North Stars split last weekend in Marquette. Friday, goalie Stephen Ritter made 29 saves en route to a 3-1 win for the Rangers. Neeco Belanger, Brodie Zuk and Mike Macari scored for Marquette, while Matt Hughes tallied Traverse City's lone goal. Stefan Shively made 36 stops for the North Stars. Jared Mullen scored twice in Traverse City's 5-2 win Saturday. Captain Patrick Nagorsen, Aaron Pietila and Jonathan Juliano also scored to go along with Kyle Jendra, on assignment from the Whalers, who stopped 23 shots. Matt Brooker stopped 38 for the Rangers, who got goals from Zuk and Jake Hauswirth. Traverse City returns to Centre ICE this weekend, hosting the Mahoning Valley Phantoms in a three-game series starting Friday night. The Rangers host the USNTDP Friday and Saturday.

The Soo Indians dropped both their games over the weekend as they lost 4-3 to the Sudbury Northern Jr. Wolves Friday night at home and then 3-2 to the Blind River Beavers Saturday night in Blind River. Derek Thocker, Joe Larson and Sean Farley scored Friday and goaltenders Elliot Hogue and Brennan Poderzay combined for 22 saves with Hogue taking the loss. Saturday, Farley registered both goals and Paul Isleib and Andy Rammer each had two assists. Hogue made 46 saves. The Indians travel to Sudbury Wednesday night.

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