Traverse City Record-Eagle

North Stars

January 23, 2012

Things get 'a little ugly' for Stars

Traverse City loses 5-2 at Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO — It wasn't a pretty weekend for the Traverse City North Stars.

After a 1-0 win on Friday, the North Stars dropped a 5-1 decision at Janesville on Saturday and then lost at Kalamazoo, 5-2 on Sunday.

"On Saturday, we were out-played by a better team," North Stars coach Chad Fournier said. "Janesville is one of the best teams in the league. Today, we played well at times, but they played harder than we did and deserved to win."

Sunday's loss to Kalamazoo was marred by a big fight 2 minutes into the third period with the K-Wings up 3-0.

"It's a physical game, but our players took exception to a hit," Fournier said. "It got a little ugly."

Traverse City finished the game with 21 penalties for 124 minutes. Kalamazoo on the flip side had 79 penalty minutes on 17 infractions.

Mitchell Snider scored both goals for the North Stars as Michal Toman, Sean Murphy, Chris Waterstreet and Jared VanWormer all had assists.

Nathan Harris scored the goal in Saturday's game off a VanWormer assist.

Traverse City will now look to rebound on Friday when Port Huron comes to town.

"They're a first-place team," Fournier said. "We need to play better hockey for 60 minutes than we have been. If we do, we'll be fine."

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