North Stars prevail in chippy game

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Thunder Bay North Stars forward Kenny Turner is chased down by Wisconsin Wilderness forward Darrick Howard during SIJHL action at Fort William Gardens on Tuesday.
(Gary Moskalyk photo)
Thunder Bay North Stars forward Kenny Turner is chased down by Wisconsin Wilderness forward Darrick Howard during SIJHL action at Fort William Gardens on Tuesday. (Gary Moskalyk photo)

Ryan Walsh’s first goal of the season was a big one Tuesday night.
The Thunder Bay North Stars defenceman snapped home a goal at 4:42 of the second period and it proved to be the winner as the Thunder Bay North Stars defeated the Wisconsin Wilderness 4-2 at Fort William Gardens.
It was a game that, on paper, shouldn’t have been close, but was. The North Stars built leads of 3-1 and 4-2, but ended the game killing off a four-minute double minor to Alex Vaillant, and a minor to Trevor Hynnes. Wisconsin, who are 1-31 on the season, took a cross-checking penalty of its own with a minute to go in a North Stars win that got chippier as the clock wound down.
“The bottom line was we’re happy with the end result,” said head coach Jeremy Adduono. “It was one of those games where it was really on the verge of getting out of hand. There were some undisciplined acts by some of our guys, but by the same token I don’t condone what happened on their side either.”
The North Stars square off Friday and Saturday against Dryden, and then tackle Fort Frances on Tuesday to finish their four-game home stand at the Gardens.

(For the full story, please see the Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 print edition of The Chronicle-Journal, or our Digital Epaper. You may subscribe to the electronic version by clicking at the icon at the top right corner of this page.)