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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Problems at Perani: Warriors lose third straight at home

By: Joey Battaino

Flint, MI- The Michigan Warriors were riding high after a 2-game sweep of the Jamestown Ironmen last Friday and Saturday night. They were hoping to bring that momentum back home to Perani Arena for a Wednesday evening duel with the Traverse City North Stars.

What they got was a depleted North Stars team that took it to the Warriors. They out played and out hustled the Warriors starting in the second period. In the first, the Warriors trailed 1-0 on an Eric Jones goal, but hung in there against TC. Shots in the first were 14-11 North Stars.

In the second, the Warriors lost the game. Though it was only 2-0, you could feel the game was well out of reach. The North Stars dominated the second period putting 17 shots on Brach Tiller to only 9 shots for the Michigan Warriors.

Traverse City would continue to catch the breaks into the third. Eric Jones scored his second of the night and only fourth of the season. Three of Jones' four goals have come at Perani Arena. Kyle Schemmp put the icing on the cake with an empty netter in the final seconds. Traverse City won it 4-0.

Zach Nagelvoort made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season.

The Warriors next opponent is Port Huron in a weekend home-and-home series. Friday at McMorran Arena and Saturday back in Flint.

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