Tuesday, January 09, 2007

IceDiggers host Rangers on Wednesday

The Alpena IceDiggers will host the Marquette Rangers in a mid-week game on Wednesday at Northern Lights Arena.

Alpena (23-10-2) is coming off two road losses at the hands of first-place Mahoning Valley, while the expansion Rangers (13-19-2) swept Traverse City on the road last weekend.

The IceDiggers trail the Phantoms by nine points with two games in hand. Marquette currently sits one point out of third place behind the North Stars. Alpena has a 19-point lead on the second place spot in the North Division standings.

Head coach Kenny Miller will be looking for a better all-around performance from his team this Wednesday night.

"We need to get back to playing the way we are capable of," Miller said. "Since the break, we have not been at our best and our record has shown that."

The IceDiggers are 1-2-1 since the holiday break.

Todd Rudasill, who recently committed to the Ohio State University, continues to lead the NAHL in scoring with 57 points in 35 games. Army recruit Drew Pierson leads the league in power-play goals with 12.


Despite the IceDiggers' misfortunes this past weekend, goalie Mike Jarboe was nominated for player of the week honors. Jarboe made 57 saves in Friday's 4-0 loss and backed that up Saturday with 44 saves. "Mike deserved a better fate he was outstanding in both nights," said Miller.

The IceDiggers have added forward Tyler Pilmore from the Toledo Cherokee of the Central States Hockey League for Wednesday night's game. Pilmore has committed to play for the IceDiggers during the 07-08 season. The Sylvania, Ohio native has 11 goals 27 assists for 38 points in 30 games so far this season for Toledo.

Forward Jonathan Juliano is no longer with the team...Defenseman Evan West did not skate yesterday due to an illness and will not play Wednesda...Veteran defenseman Korey O'Brien is still out with a knee injury.

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