Traverse City Record-Eagle

North Stars

September 29, 2011

Stars prevail as Badner nets two

TC's home opener a success

TRAVERSE CITY — The weirdness started about a minute in.

And it didn't stop until the third period.

With a trio of rare hockey events, the Traverse City North Stars (4-0-1) outdueled a much-improved Port Huron (3-2-2) team by a 5-2 count in their North American Hockey League home opener Wednesday.

"It was odd, but you've got to play through that kind of stuff," Fournier said. "It wasn't your typical game. The penalties weren't your typical penalties. Luckily, we capitalized when they got their five-minute major and we killed it when we got our five-minute major."

The referees were busy. When they weren't whistling one of the 20 penalties between the two teams -- 10 on each squad -- they were sorting out goals.

It all started at the 18:58 mark, when Port Huron's Kody Polin scored an apparent goal. The goal light went on and Polin and the rest of the Fighting Falcons raised their arms in celebration. But the puck ended up back in play and the referees let the game continue.

"I don't know," Traverse City goaltender Kyle Laslo said. "I thought it hit the post and then it went behind me and I lost it. I don't know."

At the 18:00 mark, the game was stopped and the referees conferred with the goal judge and gave the score to Port Huron, taking 55 seconds back off the clock in the process.

It was that kind of game.

With 8:24 left in the second period, Port Huron goaltender Peter Megariotis was ejected from the game for trying to kick North Stars forward Mitchell Snider with his skate.

Snider was given a two-minute charging penalty for running into the goalie on a break-away, and Megariotis received a five-minute major to give TC three minutes of power play.

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