Friday, December 18, 2009

Rangers down to Alpena for three games

The Marquette Rangers face their second three-game series in as many weekends as they travel to Northern Lights Arena in Alpena to battle the IceDiggers in North American Hockey League North Division play.

Marquette continues to trail first-place Traverse City by two points heading into the weekend, while the IceDiggers sit in fifth place in the North Division with 20 points on 10 wins against 16 losses.

Despite their fifth-place standing, Alpena has been the hot team in the North, winning four of their last five games – all against Traverse City. Janesville remains in third place heading into the weekend, two points behind Marquette, while Motor City is in fourth place, five points behind the Jets.

The Rangers continue to be led in scoring by Garrett Ladd and Andrew Kolb, each with 26 points on the season. Tanner Kero leads the team in goal production with 12, while Collin Saint-Onge and Brent Bain also continue to lead the team offensively.

Goaltender Kevin Kissaw continues to work his way back from knee surgery, and played two out of the three games last week against Traverse City. Kissaw remains in the top 10 among goaltenders league-wide with a goals against average of 2.16 and save percentage of .938. Kissaw’s numbers place him as the top goaltender in the North Division heading into this weekend’s action.

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