Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Alpena back at NLA for division action

The Alpena IceDiggers will play three games this weekend with two of them coming at Northern Lights Arena.

On Friday, the IceDiggers will travel to Traverse City to play the North Stars before returning home on Saturday to finish up the home-and-home series. Faceoff for Saturday's game is 7:00 p.m.

"This weekend is a big weekend for us," said Alpena head coach Kenny Miller. "We need to make sure we play as well as we did last weekend in order to be successful."

The USA Under-17 Team returns to Northern Lights Arena for only the third time this season on Sunday. The puck drops at 5:00 p.m.

Alpena is coming off a weekend where the club took three out of a possible four points on the road in St. Louis versus the North Division-leading Bandits. On Friday, the IceDiggers came from behind to win 4-3 in overtime. On Saturday, the two clubs went to overtime again and this time the hometown Bandits came away with a 6-5 win.

St. Louis holds the best home record in the entire NAHL at 37-8-2. The IceDiggers are the only team in the league this season to claim at least three points in a weekend series at the Summit Center in Chesterfield, Mo.

"Last weekend was a good test for our guys and they responded well," added Miller. "For us to go down there and come away with three points was big for our teams confidence."

Several IceDiggers had multiple-point games this past weekend. Jimmy McCusker led the way with four goals and two assists, Erik Peterson had three goals and two assists, Isaac Viau chipped in a goal and two assists and Jon Puskar and Russ Anderson had three assists each. Goalie Nick Graves went 1-0-1 and made a total of 77 saves.

This weekend's games against Traverse City will wrap up the regular-season series between the two clubs. The IceDiggers hold a record of 7-3-2 against their in-state rival.

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