Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Alpena plays NOJHL foe this week

After playing two home games last weekend, the Alpena IceDiggers are preparing to play a home-and-home series against the Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL.

Alpena will travel north of the border to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. contest and then the same two teams will tangle in Alpena on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. faceoff.

"I would like to see us play for the entire 60 minutes," Alpena coach-GM Kenny Miller said. "I felt once we got the lead last weekend, we sat back and we know in order to win in the NAHL you cannot do that. We also need to capitalize on our scoring opportunities more. We should have scored more goals than we did last weekend."

These two games will conclude the exhibition schedule for the IceDiggers before they head to Blaine, Minn., for the NAHL Showcase starting next Wednesday.

The IceDiggers will once again be without Korey O'Brien, Tyler Coe and Ryan King for the third consecutive game.

"Trainer Brad Nash has done a great job with these guys to make sure they are healthy for the Blaine trip," added Miller. "Brad and I want to make sure they are 100 percent for the regular season opener, so we have options when I fill out the lineup card for the North Iowa game (on Sept. 13)."

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