Tuesday, January 22, 2008

IceDiggers return home Saturday night

The Alpena IceDiggers will return to Northern Lights Arena on Saturday night to take on the Marquette Rangers at 7:00 p.m.

The IceDiggers will host a free post-game skate with the team following the game. All fans are encouraged to come and skate with the team. The players will sign autographs for all fans in attendance. Northern Lights Arena will offer skate rental for $3.00.

The team has also announced for the remaining six home games kids ages 5-12 can attend the games for $5.00, while students 13-17 with a school ID can enjoy IceDiggers hockey for only $6.00.

"It is important to get the kids of Alpena out to the games and support us as we make our push to the playoffs," said Alpena head coach Kenny Miller. "Our support has been good, but we could always use more people in the stands, and at these prices, the kids can come out and watch us."

The IceDiggers went 2-1-1 at the North Division Showcase last weekend. Alpena split two games with the U.S. Under-17 Team and defeated the defending national champion St. Louis Bandits, 6-2, in their opening game before losing in a shootout, 4-3, on Monday to the Bandits.

Alpena now sits in third place with a record of 23-13-3, good for 49 points.


ALL STARS: Veteran forwards Erik Peterson, Jimmy McCusker and Isaac Viau were named to the NAHL North Division team that will compete in the NAHL top prospects tournament in Ann Arbor next month.

RED HOT: Mike DeGrazia and Russ Anderson have both been red-hot as of late. DeGrazia has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in his last 10 games, while Anderson has added eight goals and seven assists good for 15 points in his last 10 contests.

BACK STOP: Nick Graves has ran his unbeaten streak in regulation play to 11 games. Graves has a 9-0-2 record since joining the IceDiggers. Graves is ranked fifth overall in the NAHL among goaltenders.

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