Monday, October 16, 2006

'Diggers invade Traverse City this weekend

The Alpena IceDiggers travel to Traverse City to take on the North Stars in a two-game set this weekend. This marks the first time the IceDiggers will play back-to-back road games in the same building since the first weekend of the season in Blaine Minn.

Over the course of the next 18 games, Alpena will only play four at Northern Lights Arena and head coach Kenny Miller is putting a positive spin on the games away from home.

"This gives us a chance to see where we stack up," Miller said. "We have been really good at home and in order to win in this division we need to win on the road."

Alpena is coming off a 4-2 win at home against rival Marquette, while Traverse City hosted the Mahoning Valley Phantoms for three straight games where they came away with two wins and one loss to pull within one point of the first-place IceDiggers.


Forwards Nolan Craner and Todd Rudasill continue to cause havoc on opposing goalies. Craner leads the NAHL in scoring with nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points, while Rudasill has added nine goals, 14 assists for a combined total of 23 points, one shy of Craner for the league lead.

Linemate Drew Pierson is ranked 8th in the NAHL with seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 11 games.

Goaltender Shawn Hunwick is second in the NAHL with seven wins while playing 561:49 minutes with a 2.67 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.

The IceDiggers announced today they have added forward Mike DeGrazia. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Novi native played last season for the Santa Fe Roadrunners. DeGrazia started this year with the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets in the USHL.

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