Thursday, March 26, 2009

IceDiggers hoping to make NAHL playoffs

In the run for the final payoff spot in the North Division of the NAHL, five Alpena IceDiggers will be playing their final regular season weekend series.

Ryan Sell, J.C. Gulch, Mike Degrazia, Nick Graves and Erik Peterson will suit up against Mahoning Valley tonight and Friday night and on Sunday against the USA Under-17 Team.

Alpena needs a combination of four points either by Alpena wins or Marquette losses for the final payoff spot.

Graves will leave Alpena as the all-time leader in wins and shutouts with a 42-29-11 record at present and six shutouts.

Peterson, a center, leaves as the the all-time leading scorer with 72 goals, 131 assists and in games played.

Degrazia is second in games played and has scored 33 goals and 56 assists.

Sell and Gulch are both defensemen who have played the last two years after moving up from the Toledo Cherokee of the CSHL. Gulch, an alternate captain, has contributed 11 goals and 31 assists, while Sell has scored six goals and 17 assists.

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