Saturday, March 28, 2009

Alpena wins Friday, earns last playoff berth

The Alpena IceDiggers clinched the final NAHL playoff spot Friday night with a clutch victory over the Mahoning Valley Phantoms, 5-2.

With the win, Alpena eliminates the Marquette Rangers from the final spot as Marquette lost Friday to the Traverse City North Stars.

The 'Diggers were led by Jon Puskar with two goals and single tallies going to Erik Peterson, Tyler Pilmore and Adam Bristol.

Alpena's next game is Sunday against the USA Under-17 Team, who can clinch the North Division title with a win Saturday or Sunday against Motor City.

Alpena will either play the USA Under-17s or Mahoning Valley in the first round of the division playoffs starting next weekend.

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