Street Cats swept over weekend
The Street Cats lengthy break did them no favors this weekend. They fell 5-1 against the Detroit Fighting Irish on Friday, 5-4 against the Michigan Ice Dogs on Saturday and 6-4 against the Ice Dogs on Sunday.
The Street Cats (9-9) gave up three goals in the first period on Friday.
Savelii Skurikhin scored Alpena’s only goal off a Vladislav Khasanov assist 7:15 in the second period.
The Fighting Irish scored two more in the third.
Penalties plagued both teams all night. The Street Cats had eight minor and four major penalties for 86 minutes of penalty time. This is well above its 20 minute average.
In spite of these penalty minutes, the Street Cats gave up no power play goals.
The Fighting Irish had nine minor and four major penalties for 78 minutes of penalty time. This was also well above its 22 minute season average.
Several players were ejected on both sides for fighting penalties late in the third period.
Alpena goalie Vladislav Graeviski made 29 saves while Detroit goalie John Slavik had 27.
Alpena stayed neck and neck with the Ice Dogs on Saturday, but fell after a last minute Ice Dogs goal broke the 4-4 tie.
The Ice Dogs struck 30 seconds into the game and again three minutes later to take a 2-0 lead.
The Street Cats picked up a Vladislav Khasanov goal six minutes later off Sergey Deev and Pavel Bocharov assists.
Alpena tied it up three minutes later off another Khasanov goal to tie the game up 2-2. Andrei Yanovich and Deev assisted.
The Ice Digs hit its third goal in the second period to go up 3-2 and its fourth a minute and a half into the third to take a 4-2 lead.
Deev narrowed the spread to 4-3 two minutes later off a Yanovich assisted goal while Kameron Russell hit a Yanovich assisted goal 17 minutes in to tie the game up 4-4.
The Ice Dogs scored with three seconds left in the match to take the win.
Alpena goalie Aleksandr Shishkin stopped 49 of 54 shots on the night while Ice Dog goalie Anthony Veresan saved 22.
The Street Cats very nearly came from behind to win on Sunday, but two third period Ice Dogs goals stopped their comeback attempt.
The Ice Dogs started out strong by picking up three goals in the first period. Adam Stradler picked up two back-to-back goals.
The Street Cats came alive in the second period, with Yanovich hitting a Khasanov and Andrei Kiselev assisted goal five minutes into the period. Kharamov scored 10 minutes later off a Kiselev assist to narrow the spread to 3-2.
The Ice Dogs scored six seconds later to pull to 4-2.
Yanovich picked up a power play goal off a Pavel Bocharov assist two minutes into the third period to inch to a 4-3 spread.
The Ice Dogs scored a minute later to pull to a 5-3 lead.
Yanovich scored another power play goal off a Khasanov and Boharov assist 11 minutes in to narrow the game to 5-4.
The Street Cats were unable to make up the difference in the 6-4 loss.
The Street Cats gave up no power play goals, stopping four Ice Dogs chances. Yanovich almost netted a hat trick in his three goal effort.
Alpena goalie Graevski stopped 41 shots while the Ice Dog’s Veresan stopped 21.
The Street Cats face the Berkley Bruins at the Berkley Ice Arena on Friday, before a six game home stretch starting the 13th and 14th.