Monday, September 19, 2005

IceDiggers swept away by U.S. Under-18's

Alpena forward Justin Stadler scored twice last weekend

The Alpena IceDiggers are still searching for their first win this season as they lost both games last weekend to the U.S. National Under-18 Team in Ann Arbor.

Saturday, Drew Pierson and Justin Stadler staged a third-period comeback, but it wasn't enough as Team USA scratched out a 3-2 win. Alpena was down 3-0 going into the final period.

Phil Greer started in net and made 19 saves on 22 shots. Justin Marriott then replaced Greer and stopped all 16 shots he saw in the final 36:36.

Then yesterday, Stadler scored the IceDiggers' lone goal as Alpena suffered an 11-1 drubbing. The third period was filled with game misconducts and fighting majors and the two teams combined for 202 penalty minutes.

Marriott started in goal and Mitch Rybicki finished the game for Alpena.

The IceDiggers return to action starting Friday on the road for a two-game set against the Traverse City North Stars.

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