Saturday, September 02, 2006

Alpena beats Marquette in preseason play

The Alpena IceDiggers played host to the Marquette Rangers in preseason action last night at Northern Lights Arena and came away with a 4-2 victory.

The IceDiggers were lead offensively by Todd Rudasill (left), who scored a goal and added two assists. Zach Barron netted two goals and Nolan Craner also added a goal and an assist.

Shawn Hunwick started the game in goal and allowed two goals on 10 shots. Midway through the second period, Brandon Stephenson entered the game and held the Rangers scoreless, stopping all 13 shots he faced.

Coach Kenny Miller was pleased with the team effort.

"I thought we came out playing hard," Miller said. "And then when we got the lead, we sat back a bit. We talked after the game and we will make sure we continue to get better and compete the entire sixty minutes."

Alpena was whistled for 18 minutes in penalties while Marquette racked up 28 total minutes.

The same two teams return to the ice this afternoon for a 12:30 p.m. faceoff.

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