Sunday, October 16, 2005

IceDiggers sweep North Stars

The Alpena IceDiggers again couldn't put away the Traverse City North Stars in regulation, but did take a 3-2 shootout victory Saturday night at the Northern Lights Arena.

Alpena needed overtime on Friday night to defeat the North Stars.

The IceDiggers got the lone goal of the first period as Drew Pierson scored a power-play goal at 17:59.

Traverse City answered back when Matthew Larke scored at 2:27 of the second period. Zeke Costello put the visitors in the lead 2-1 at 1:20 of the third. Then, with 4:32 left to play, Justin Stadler tied the score. The goal gave the IceDiggers the momentum needed to carry over into overtime.

But after a five-minute overtime with no scoring, the game went to a shootout which the IceDiggers won 2-1. Alpena captain Nolan Craner (above left) scored the game-winner.

"We are very happy with the start to our home campaign," Alpena coach-GM Kenny Miller said. "But we have a lot of work to do and get better as a team."

"They say we get two points for these two games, but it sure doesn't feel like we're coming away with much," North Stars coach-GM Scott Gardiner said, referring to the one point award for the overtime/shootout losses on Friday and Saturday. "We played a little better tonight (than Friday), but it just wasn't good enough."

The North Stars and IceDiggers both travel to the North American Hockey League Showcase in Blaine, Minn., this week, with games Oct. 19-22.

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