Monday, October 24, 2005

Alpena goes 1-3 at NAHL Showcase

The Alpena IceDiggers came to the North American Hockey League Showcase in Blaine, Minn., this past week hoping to build on the momentum of two straight home wins.

However, the 'Diggers went just 1-3.

With their 5-2 win over the Helena Bighorns on Saturday, the IceDiggers snapped a three-game losing streak and salvaged a little pride at the 20-team tournament.

"We didn't play our best during the showcase, no doubt about it," said IceDiggers coach-GM Kenny Miller. 'What I did see is we came back Saturday and were able to get a win."

Even though the IceDiggers went 1-3, Miller feels the Showcase is a good way to evaluate the progress of the team.

"The boys see what it takes to be competitive in the league," said Miller. "As we found out, when we don't play to our potential, it's going to be hard to win."

Alpena's three losses came against North Iowa (2-1), Wasilla (3-0) and Billings (5-2).

The IceDiggers return home to face the U.S. Under-17 Team this Friday and Saturday.

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