Thursday, September 14, 2006

Trio of Michigan teams win at Showcase

The Alpena IceDiggers, Marquette Rangers and Traverse City North Stars all won their first games yesterday at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn.

Alpena took a 4-1 victory over the North Iowa Outlaws. Erik Peterson, Todd Rudasill and Justin Stadler each had a goal and an assist while captain Nolan Craner also registered a goal. Shawn Hunwick recorded his first NAHL victory by stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced. The IceDiggers battle the Alexandria Blizzard tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Marquette beat the Springfield Jr. Blues, 2-0, behind goals from Nick Kosinski and Brodie Zuk. Stephen Ritter earned the shutout in goal with 31 saves. The Rangers play the Southern Minnesota Express tonight at 7:00 p.m.

The North Stars beat the Fargo-Moorhead Jets, 5-3, as goaltender Ryan Donovan stopped 34 shots. Matt Hughes scored a pair and Aaron Pietila, Joe Greener and Travis Hamway also tallied. Traverse City takes on the Bismarck Bobcats today at 2:30 p.m.

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