Warriors lose two in a row
FLINT — A home-and-home series last weekend with the Port Huron Fighting Falcons left the Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League dropping a pair of close contests. This includes a 4-3 shootout loss last Saturday for Michigan at the Perani Arena and Event Center that featured goals by Darren McCormick at 18:33 of the first period, Connor Lyons connected at 18:08 on the powerplay and TJ Stuntz scored unassisted at 4:37 of the third. The difference for Port Huron was making good on two of the five shots on goal it took in the shootout. The Warriors had just as many opportunities, yet capitalized just once. Dillon Kelly got pinned with the decision for Michigan despite going 27-for-30 on save attempts.
Setting the scene for all this was a 3-2 loss for the Warriors at Port Huron last Friday in which the Fighting Falcons scored all of their goals in the first period. Michigan then followed suit by putting all of its points on the board in the second, leaving the third a scoreless affair as Port Huron outshot the Warriors 7-5. In net for the Warriors Trevor Gorsuch made 35 saves on 38 tries to get the loss.
With 29 games played this season, Martin Gruse is the Warriors 2012-13 points leader with 11 assists and six goals, Zack Sjazner has 16 points and scoring five goals and eight assists was Brock LaBelle for current assistant coach/former Carman-Ainsworth head coach John Jepson. Michigan, 8-16-5, is at Soo on Friday and Saturday. — M.S.
Carr runs over Steelers at home
DALLAS, TX. — Carman-Ainsworth grad Brandon Carr has been playing well this season as the number one starting cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, but last weekend may have been one of the former Cavaliers finer moments since making the move over from the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s because on Sunday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carr and the Cowboys found themselves playing defense in overtime when the Grand Valley State University product made a late break on a Ben Rothlisberger pass that he was able to intercept and return all the way to the one-yard line before Dan Bailey booted the game-winning field goal two plays later.
All this came after Carr picked off Cincinatti quarterback Andy Dalton to set up an early touchdown in a game that Dallas won 20-19 the week before. As a former Chief, Carr was in Kansas City to attend the funeral of Kasandra Perkins, who was killed by Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher on the morning of Dec. 2 during a domestic dispute prior to taking his own life in the parking lot of the teams training facility in the presence of head coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli. Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown was then killed in a drunk driving accident shortly before the Bengals game, making these victories more than just a season-ending playoff run for Carr and his teammates. — M.S.
Hoops finals format change for boys’ teams
EAST LANSING — A change in format for
the boys’ high school basketball finals was just one of several actions taken by the Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association during its annual Fall Meeting, Nov. 30. Mirroring closely the format of the MHSAA girls’ basketball finals, the boys’ finals will move this season from three to two sessions. The first session will tip off with the Class D final at 10 a.m., followed by the Class A championship game. The second session will begin tentatively at 4:30 p.m. with the Class C final and conclude with the Class B title game. Previously, the Class A and B finals were separate sessions, with the Class A final tipping at 4 p.m. and Class B at 8 p.m. The change will make for a shorter day for spectators wishing to attend all four games, and also allow them to do so by purchasing tickets for two sessions instead of three. — L.P.
Bobcats to host CMU baseball clinic
GRAND BLANC — Central Michigan University baseball coach Steve Jaksa and his staff will conduct a Winter Baseball Camp on Jan. 19 at Grand Blanc High. The camp will be open to all players ages 12-18 and be broken down into two skill specific sessions. Session one will run from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and focus on hitting, fielding and base running. Session two will run from 1:15-3:15 p.m. and focus on pitching and catching. Cost is $50 per session or $90 for both.
Jaksa, a Grand Blanc graduate, has a .708 winning percentage in nine seasons at CMU coach. He has won four Mid-American Conference West Division titles and was MAC Coach of the Year in 2004.
For camp questions, contact Grand Blanc coach JD Wheeler at 810-348-2865 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. — D.N.
Junior Gens get beat twice
TOLEDO, OH. — The NA3HL’s Flint Junior Generals and head coach/Burton native Steve Howard went to the Cherokee last weekend with elevated hopes, but realistic expectations. While those aspirations were far from impossible, Flint simply didn’t get the job done, losing, 5-2 last Sunday, and, 34-3, last Friday in a shoot out,
Scoring for the Junior Gens last Sunday was Austin Fletcher at 6:42 of the first period on the Timothy Conser assist and at 14:52 of the third Grand Blanc’s Jacob Howie connected on a power-play opportunity at 14:52 of the third with help from Lucas McDiarmid. Last Friday, Flint once again scored the game’s initial goal, this time off the stick of Adrain Larsson at 7:44 of the first with a man advantage on the pass from Davison’s Nicholas Goettel. Toledo then tied the score at 1-1 before Nicholas Gnagni put the Junior Gens back up 2-1 on the assists by Howie and Goettel. Flint was able to creep out just a little further at 6:02 of the second when Jayson Lottes hit nothing but net with help from Alex Compian, creating a two-goal advantage that it took the Cherokee the rest of the night to come back from.
Once the overtime period came and went without any changes to the scoreboard, the Junior Gens were 0-for-5 in the shootout, while Toledo’s Ben Torchia led a 1-for-4 effort. Flint, 14-9-2-2, is presently second in the East division with 32 points behind Cleveland at 19-7-0- 0 and next plays at Cleveland on Jan. 5-6. — M.S.