Monday, October 16, 2006

Michigan NAHL weekend roundup

All three Michigan NAHL teams were in action last weekend.

The Alpena IceDiggers beat the Marquette Rangers, 4-2, yesterday on home ice to regain first place in the North Division. Todd Rudasill scored twice and Nolan Craner and Drew Pierson added two assists each. Erik Peterson and Korey O'Brien also scored. Shawn Hunwick made 18 saves for the win. For the Rangers, Iiro Junnila and James Gallagher scored with Matt Brooker making 29 saves. Alpena plays in Traverse City next weekend against the North Stars.

Traverse City went 2-1 with the Mahoning Valley Phantoms at home and were in first place in the division for about 18 hours. On Friday, the Stars won, 5-4, on goals by Joe Greener, Brett Englebright, Arthur Bidwill, Jameson Raymond and Aaron Pietila and Kyle Jendra's 30 saves. Saturday night, Sebastion Kimmel's shootout goal in the 10th round gave TC a 3-2 win. Matt Hughes and Nathan Urbaniak scored in regulation and Stefan Shively stopped 39 shots for the win. Sunday, Ryan Zapolski turned aside all 29 shots the North Stars fired his way in a 3-0 win. Shively also made 29 saves.

Marquette blanked the U.S. NTDP, 5-0, Friday night and then lost,. 4-3, on Saturday. Friday, Gallagher potted two and Neeco Belanger, Mike Macari and Jason Cohen added solos. Stephen Ritter stopped 30 shots for the shutout. The next night, David Wohlberg scored 50 seconds into overtime to give Team USA the win. Belanger, with two, and Cohen scored for Marquette, who got a 28-save performance out of Ritter. The Rangers travel to Bismarck this weekend for a pair with the Bobcats.

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