Thursday, February 01, 2007

IceDiggers host three this weekend

Another big weekend awaits the Alpena IceDiggers (29-11-2) as they host three games this weekend starting on Thursday versus the USA Under-17 team at 7:00 p.m.

The IceDiggers defeated USA on Sunday afternoon by a score of 6-1. Ben Kitzmiller led the way offensively with three goals in recording his first Junior A hat trick.

On Friday, the Marquette Rangers (16-21-4) come to town for a rematch of last weekends home-and-home series. Last Friday, Marquette beat Alpena 5-3; it was Alpena's first loss against the expansion club this season. Saturday night in Alpena, the IceDiggers knocked off Marquette 3-1. Mike Jarboe earned the win in net making 31 saves. Face off for Friday's game is at 7:00 p.m.

Alpena and Marquette will wrap up the two game set on Saturday at Northern Lights Arena with a special 7:30 p.m. start time.

"We're faced with three games again this weekend," Alpena coach-GM Kenny Miller said. "We'll need to be at our best in order to come away with the six points that are on the line. The good thing is we are at home in front of our fans where we've had success this season."

Alpena is currently five points behind first-place Mahoning Valley with one game in hand. Marquette holds the third place position in the standings one point ahead of Traverse City (15-24-5). USA sits in fifth place in the North Division, three points out of the final playoff spot.

The IceDiggers have 20 games remaining in the regular season with 11 of those coming at Northern Lights Arena.

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