Saturday, March 11, 2006

IceDiggers edge USA Under-17's, 3-2

With the Alpena IceDiggers wearing special-event St. Patrick's Day jerseys last night, they had the luck of the Irish on their side in front of 680 fans at Northern Lights Arena and beat the U.S. Under-17 Team, 3-2.

Matt Suggs scored the game winning goal late in the second period while Justin Stadler and Ben Kitzmiller (pictured) contributed a goal apiece in the victory.

Peter O'Hara picked up his second consecutive win between the pipes for Alpena making 31 saves.

The IceDiggers went 1-for-2 on the power play while the visitors went 1-for-3.

The race for the final playoff spot in the North Division tightens up even more as the IceDiggers trail their cross-state rival Traverse City North Stars by nine points. Alpena also has three games in hand.

Alpena returns to action on Saturday at home to take on the same Team USA Under-17 squad. Both teams will then head to Ann Arbor on Sunday for a 3:00 p.m. face off at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

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