Sunday, January 13, 2008

IceDiggers gear up for weekend showcase

The Alpena IceDiggers finished off a two-game sweep against the Marquette Rangers on Saturday with a 4-2 win at Northern Lights Arena.

Rookie Jon Puskar led the charge with a two-goal performance, while Ryan Timar and Jerrod Hartman each chipped in a goal apiece. Timar netted the game-winner.

Isaac Viau had two assists and goaltender Nate Pellegrino made 27 saves to pick up his 12th win of the year.

The IceDiggers will now head to Mahoning Valley this weekend to take part in the NAHL North Division Showcase. Alpena will play the St. Louis Bandits and the USA Under-17 Team twice each during the four-day event.

On Friday, the IceDiggers will take on Team USA at noon. On Saturday, the 'Diggers face off against St. Louis at noon. Alpena plays Team USA on Sunday at noon before finishing off the showcase with a game on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. versus St. Louis.

"We need to take the same type energy that we have played with at home the last few weeks on the road in order to be successful," said Alpena head coach Kenny Miller. "We will have our hands full with St. Louis and USA, but our guys will be up for the challenge."

St. Louis currently leads the entire NAHL with 57 points. Alpena sits second in the division with 44 points. This showcase marks the first time since the league-wide showcase the IceDiggers will play four games in four days.

"Four game in four days will be a test for all the teams there," added Miller. "But we have worked hard at our conditioning, so I feel we will be able to play a full 60 minutes each game."

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