Tuesday, September 13, 2005

IceDiggers swept in opening weekend

Todd Rudasill had two goals and an assist over the weekend

The Alpena IceDiggers are looking to rebound from a disappointing two-game season-opening series against the Cleveland Barons. The IceDiggers managed just one out of a possible four points on the weekend after falling to Cleveland 6-2 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday.

On Friday, Todd Rudasill and Adam Snead scored for Alpena. Rudasill's goal came at 7:09 of the second period with Steve Culbertson and Ben Kitzmiller drawing assists. Snead's tally came at 16:59 of the third on assists from Rudasill and captain Nolan Craner. Alpena was out-shot, 35-32, for the contest with goaltender Phil Greer taking the loss.

Saturday saw Alpena native Erik Peterson notch his first points as an IceDigger, scoring the game tying goal with just under 7:00 to play. Rudasill scored a power-play goal in the first period. But it wouldn't be enough as the 'Diggers lost the shootout with Peterson logging the lone Alpena tally. Greer stopped 28 of 30 shots while being charged with the loss.

"I am a little disappointed in the way we played," said IceDiggers head coach and general manager Kenny Miller. "I feel we are a better team than what we showed last weekend."

Alpena resumes play this coming weekend at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor for Saturday and Sunday contests against the U.S. National Development Team. Both games get underway at 3:00 p.m.

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