Traverse City Record-Eagle

North Stars

April 9, 2011

North Stars face elimination

FLINT — The Traverse City North Stars have their backs against the wall.

The defending North Division Champions will need a win in today's Game 4 of the first round series with Michigan to avoid elimination from the NAHL playoffs.

The host Warriors took a 2-1 series lead on Friday with a 3-2 overtime win over Traverse City.

A.J. White netted the winner for Michigan off a rebound 16 minutes into the extra session.

Traverse City led twice in the game Friday, but Michigan led when it mattered.

The North Stars opened with an unassisted goal from Alexander Taulien in the first period, but Michigan answered less than 3 minutes later.

Then 33 seconds into the second period, Justin Scott gave Traverse City a 2-1 lead off assists from Alec Shields and Travis White.

However, with 1 second left before the second intermission, Justin Hoomaian scored for the Warriors to even the margin.

Steve Bolton took the loss in net for the North Stars with 49 saves.

Robert Tadazak was the winning keeper with 42 stops.

Michigan will host today's game at 7:30 p.m. A win would put the Warriors in the North Division finals.

Should Traverse City win, the series would head back to northern Michigan for a winner-take-all game on Monday at Centre ICE Arena.

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