Monday, September 24, 2007

IceDiggers ready for home opener Friday

After starting the season last week at the NAHL Showcase with a 2-2 record in Blaine, Minn., the Alpena IceDiggers open their home schedule this Friday at 7:00 p.m. versus the Traverse City North Stars.

Alpena is currently six points behind first place St. Louis and the Bandits have played two more games than Alpena.

"At times at the Showcase, we looked very good and at other times we looked like the young team we are," said Alpena head coach Kenny Miller. "The guys worked very hard and we were able to get two wins and stay in the hunt after one week of the regular season."

The North Stars recorded a record of 2-0-2 at the Showcase.

"They played good hockey all week," added Miller. "The North Division is going to be very tough."

Leading Alpena in points after four games is rookie forward Jon Puskar, who has recorded one goal and six assists. Alpena native Erik Peterson is second in points with a goal and five assists. Goaltenders Dan Pason and Nate Pellegrino both earned a victory at the Showcase.

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