Thursday, October 11, 2007

IceDiggers ready for North Stars Friday

The Alpena IceDiggers return to action on Friday night versus in-state rival Traverse City at 7:00 p.m.

Alpena is coming off a three-game weekend where they only recorded two out of possible six points. The IceDiggers know they have to be better than last weekend in order to secure points this weekend.

"We have to play more consistent," Alpena coach Kenny Miller said. "At times last weekend, we played good, but then we showed at times how young we really are. Our players need to understand we have to play a full 60 minutes every night in this league to win."

Alpena currently sits in the sixth spot in the North Division standings with a record of 4-4-1. With four points on the line this weekend, if the IceDiggers can pull out a couple of wins they can jump ahead a few spots in the standings.

"With us playing so many games at home the first few weeks of the season, it is important for us to win these home games," added Miller

Third-year veteran and Alpena native Erik Peterson leads the team in scoring with 14 points and is only two points out of the league scoring race.

Goaltender Nate Pellegrino, who went 1-2 last weekend, will get the start in goal for Alpena on Friday.

"This team is going to be OK," Pellegrino said. "We just need to make sure we all play for 60 minutes."

Alpena travels to Traverse City on Saturday night for a 7:05 p.m. faceoff.

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