What a way to go into the holiday break.
The Traverse City North Stars won a pair of one-goal games on Saturday and Sunday — one in overtime and the other in a marathon shootout.
The Stars defeated the host Michigan Warriors 4-3 in overtime on Sunday on Kelin Ainsworth's game-winner 16 ticks into the extra session and took a 5-4 home shootout win from Motor City on Jared VanWormer's backhand goal on the 12th shooter.
The Stars (18-11-1) outshot Michigan 38-26 — including a 14-3 flurry in the second period after facing a 2-1 first-period deficit.
Ainsworth's natural hat trick led the Stars' comeback, as he scored with 44 ticks left in the second period to draw TC within a goal, tied the game at 3-3 with an unassisted goal 37 seconds into the third period and struck 16 seconds into overtime.
Alec Shields scored off VanWromer and Sean Murphy assists in the first period, sandwiched in between a pair of Warriors power-play goals.
Tyler Marble mad 23 saves to earn his 15th win of the season, which is fifth in the NAHL.
Cody Wydo scored on the Machine's first try on the shootout before Marble stopped 11 straight attempts by Motor City on Saturday. Murphy's goal on the third TC shooter extended the shootout long enough for VanWormer's goal be the difference.
Tim Opie, Connor Schmidt, Eric Rivard and Murphy scored during regulation for Traverse City, with Marble notching 27 saves in regulation and overtime as the Stars held a 41-31 advantage in shots.
Traverse City is off for the holidays until a Jan. 5 road rematch with the Warriors and a Jan. 7-8 home series in Chicago's only visit this season to TC.
FALCONS GET NEW COACHES: The Port Huron Fighting Falcons have announced that Marty Haddad and Bill Warren have been named the team's interim coaches. Port Huron was 1-26-1 this season under previous head coach and former NHL player Ernie Hicke.