Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Alpena ready for Marquette this week

The Alpena IceDiggers return to Northern Lights Arena on Friday at 7:00 p.m. versus the Marquette Rangers.

Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. The IceDiggers will host a trick or treat after the game inside the lobby. Members of the team will be on hand to sign autographs and pass out candy.

Fans that dress up will get to have a picture taken with their favorite player.

The IceDiggers split last weekends two game series with the Mahoning Valley Phantoms, winning on Saturday, 4-2.

Alpena travels to Marquette on Thursday before returning home for Friday's game at NLA.

Marquette comes into the home-and-home series with a three-game winning streak. The Rangers took on the Alexandria Blizzard last weekend and came away with two wins.

"They are playing real well right now," Alpena coach Kenny Miller said of the Rangers. "We will have to go into this weekend with the same attitude as last weekend and that is we need to pick up points."

Forward Russell Anderson was nominated for North Division player of the week for last week.

"I thought that was the best weekend Russ has had for us since the Showcase," said Miller. "He was very good in every department."

Anderson scored two goals over the weekend and was involved in a fight on Friday night.

Newcomer Bryan Ross recorded an assist in his first game as an IceDigger on Saturday.

Defensemen Mike Dokho has left the team due to personal reasons.

"Mike has told us he no longer wants to play hockey and we respect his decision," noted Miller.

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