Boys Varsity Ice Hockey
Game Summaries & Headlines.
GAYLORD, MI - The Alpena Hockey team continued their State Tournament run with a 4-0 victory over Cheboygan to win the Regional Championship at the Ostego Sportsplex on Saturday afternoon. Cheboygan came out and carried much of the play early as Cooper Black was forced to make several key stops. Alpena thought they had taken the lead with under a minute to play in the 1st period when Owen Limback fired a shot from the right point that was deflected in the net. After a brief conversation by the officials, it was ruled that the puck had been defected with a high stick and the goal was waved off. After a scoreless opening period, the Wildcats would break the game open in the second stanza with three goals. Just over three minutes into the period Charlie Halleck was able to corral a rebound from a Kyle VanDusen point shot and fired it past Scott Pavwoski to give the Wildcats the 1-0 lead. The Wildcats would add to the lead when Owen Limback cycled the puck behind the goal line to Colby Plowman who returned the puck to a wide open Limback. Limback fired the puck from the slot glove side to make it 2-0 with 9:29 left in the period. Three minutes later the Wildcats would convert on the Power Play when Limback found Halleck open in front of the net. Pavwoski stopped the initial shot but Colby Plowman was on the spot to redirect the rebound into the back of the net for the 3-0 lead. Kyle VanDusen would add an insurance marker in the third period when he tipped home a loose puck in the goal crease to top off the 4-0 victory. Alpena (23-4-1) tie the school record for wins in a season with the 1980-81, 1981-82, and 1983-84 Wildcat teams. The Wildcats will take on the Houghton Gremlins on March 6 in the State Quarterfinals in Sault Ste. Marie. The Gremlins defeated Calumet 3-2 to advance to the Quarterfinals.