Tuesday, February 27, 2007

IceDiggers return home, host Team USA

The Alpena IceDiggers (30-19-3) return home this weekend to play host to the USA Under-17 Team Friday and Saturday nights at Northern Lights Arena.

Faceoff for both games will be at 7:00PM.

Alpena holds the second spot in the North Division standings while USA currently sits in the third spot, 15 points behind the IceDiggers with two games in hand.

The IceDiggers clinched their first-ever berth in the NAHL playoffs two weeks ago. The playoffs will begin the first week of April.

"We are excited about the fact that we will be playing in the postseason," Alpena head coach Kenny Miller said. "Now he need to use this last month of the season to fine tune our game and be prepared mentally and physically for the long grind that the playoffs are."

Despite their recent struggles, the IceDiggers remain confident they will get things turned around in the final 10 games of the season heading into the playoffs.

"We know what it takes to win and we have to find a way to get back to doing the little things it takes each game in order to have success," said co-captain Ricardo Yesue.

The IceDiggers are coming off a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the USA Under-18 team in Ann Arbor on Sunday. Miller liked the way his team battled, though.

"I thought the guys played hard for 60 minutes," said Miller. "It was a closer game than the score indicated. If we continue to play the rest of the regular season like we did Sunday, we will be just fine."

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