Tuesday, March 04, 2008

IceDiggers to honor host families Friday

With the Alpena IceDiggers playing their final two home games of the regular season this Friday and Saturday night at Northern Lights Arena against the USA Under-17 Team, the team will honor the housing families during the first intermission Friday night.

Faceoff for both games is 7:00 p.m.

"It is very important for us as an organization to show these families on Friday night just how important they are to the team," said Alpena head coach Kenny Miller. "The billet families are a big piece to the puzzle when you have a junior hockey team. Without great host families like we have, you cannot put a team on the ice."

During the first intermission on Friday, the housing families will be introduced at center ice with their player leading them on the ice in front of the home crowd.

Alpena is coming off a 4-2 win over the USA Under-18 Team on Sunday in Ann Arbor.

"The guys played hard for 60 minutes," Miller said. "It was refreshing as the coach because the two nights before we didn't play well in some areas."

The IceDiggers dropped both games Friday and Saturday in Mahoning Valley.

With the Sunday win, the IceDiggers trail Mahoning Valley by three points in the standings and have an eight-point lead on Marquette and Traverse City, who are tied for fourth place in the tight North Division standings.


Russ Anderson earned honorable mention honors for division player of the week this past week. The Riverside, Calif., native racked up a goal and three assists in three games last week and finished with a plus-1 rating.

Alpena native Erik Peterson is one assist away from 100 in his stint with his hometown team. Peterson has added 51 goals to go along with his 99 assists in 153 games.

After going winless his last five starts, Nick Graves recorded 24 saves in the 4-2 win over USA on Sunday. It was Graves' 13th win with the IceDiggers.

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