Saturday, September 24, 2005

Alpena beats Traverse City Friday night

Alpena forward Zach Barron scored twice Friday night

The Alpena IceDiggers' locker room was in a celebratory mood Friday night following the team's first win of the 2005-2006 season, a 4-3 come-from-behind road victory against the Traverse City North Stars.

Patrick Nargosen gave the host North Stars a 3-1 lead at 19:00 of the second period. Justin Stadler answered for Alpena at 5:06 of the third making it 3-2 and then Drew Pierson and Ben Kitzmiller set up Andrew Wilcox at 13:59 to even the score at 3-all. Then just 43 seconds later, with the North Stars' Anthony Sarno in the box for roughing, Zach Barron scored his second of the night to cap the scoring at 4-3.

"We got stronger as the game went along," said Alpena coach-GM Kenny Miller. "We started to find our way and do the little things right. We were out-shot 35-29 for the contest, but Phil Greer came up big and kept us in it. He gave us a chance to overcome our mental mistakes and win."

Jared Mullen and Jonathan Juliano scored the other North Stars goals while goalie Jeremy Kaleniecki finished with 25 saves. Greer stopped 32 for Alpena.

The teams play again on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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