Thursday, January 10, 2008

Alpena hosts Marquette this weekend

The Alpena IceDiggers play in the very competitive North Division of the North American Hockey League and find themselves in a battle for positioning within the standings.

The St. Louis Bandits hold a comfortable nine-point lead on the rest of the division, but after that things get tight as three teams, including Alpena, sit only one or two points apart in the standings.

Alpena will play host to the Marquette Rangers this Friday and Saturday night at Northern Lights Arena and begins the weekend only two points out of second place. Both games start at 7:00 p.m.

"We know that it is a very long year and one weekend does not make or break your season, but this could be our biggest weekend yet," said Alpena coach-GM Kenny Miller. "With the showcase next week, it would be good to go into that on a high."

The IceDiggers travel to Mahoning Valley next weekend to play in the North Division Showcase, Alpena will play St. Louis and the USA Under-17 team twice each.

The IceDiggers are coming off a weekend sweep where they defeated Marquette on Friday, 7-3, and Traverse City on Sunday, 4-3 in a shootout.

"Friday might have been our best effort this year," added Miller. "We got down early and found a way to come back and get a win. We need to play for 60 minutes every night to win in this division."

Erik Peterson led the way with eight points in two games earning player of the week honors. Nick Graves picked up both wins in net, stopping a total of 61 shots for his fifth and sixth win since joining the IceDiggers.

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