That’s how it’s done
The Street Cats 11-1 Sunday rout of the Michigan Ice Dogs completed a three game weekend sweep that saw the Street Cats outscore the Ice Dogs 25-6.
These wins give it a stronger chance at making the playoffs.
“This weekend we earned six points (which) increases our chance at the playoffs. I’m sure that we will be in the playoffs 100%. Our goal is to be a playoff team to make a great first year for our Alpena fans,” Street Cats head coach Igor Myaskovskiy said.
The Ice Dogs took the lead early when Hunter Ledgerwood hit the back of the net for a short handed goal with assists from Brent Young and Logan Bennett 7:29 into the game.
It held this lead for a minute before Andrei Yanovich hit a Edgar Kharlamov and Garret Bailey assisted goal to tie the game 1-1. It was Alpena’s first shot of the night.
The Ice Dogs ran into penalty trouble 10 minutes into the period. Drew Hull pulled a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty followed by Logan Bennett and Robert Schultz slashing penalties just over a minute later.
Alpena was unable to convert the power play off these penalties, but a flurry of penalties from Ice Dog Christopher Carpenter set up its next goal.
Carpenter started by pulling a two-minute roughing and a five-minute fighting penalty 14:10 into the period.
He was then ejected with a 10-minute penalty after lashing out at a ref during the fight. This four minute stretch drew 23 of the Ice Dog’s 77 minutes of penalty time.
Alpena had less than half the penalty minutes with 34. The Street Cats penalty kill was flawless for the night in 12 power play situations.
With Carpenter out, Alpena scored two power play goals within a minute. Andrei Kiselev picked up a Vladislav Khasanov and Savelii Skurikhin assisted goal 17:32 in to go up 2-1.
Skurikhin scored from a 10-yard shot a minute later off a Pavel Bocharov assist to take a 3-1 lead.
Alpena truly opened up its scoring attack in the second as Skurikhin picked up his second goal of the night 2:55 into the second period off a Garret Bailey assist.
Khasanov scored five minutes later off a rebound shot from Bocharov and Anton Shtykov while Shtykov netted a goal off a Kameron Russell assist 10:26 into the period to stretch Alpena’s lead to 6-1.
The Ice Dogs stayed offensively active throughout the game, but couldn’t get past goalie Vladislav Graevski, who had 19 saves in the first two periods.
His replacement Aleksandr Shishkin stopped a perfect 11 out of 11 shots in the third.
“Its not the best game they played, but they still played really well. I thought they did really well and they’re getting real pumped up for Christmas break and they wanted to end on a good note,” Seguin said.
Alpena took a 7-1 lead after Khasanov dropped his second into the back of the net 13:21 into the second with Bailey and Bocharov picking up assists.
Bocharov and Khasanov picked up assists as Skurikhin hit his third goal of the night on a power play with five seconds left in the period to take a 8-1 lead.
The Street Cats wasted no time scoring in the third as Khasanov picked up his third and last goal of the night 1:23 into the period. Bailey picked up his last assist of the night for a total of four assists.
“The new players are amazing. I’m double happy as they are local guys, Alex Guzman and Garret Bailey. They are very good for our team,” Myaskovskiy said.
Konstantin Khramov scored his only goal of the night five minutes later with a Sergey Merzlov assist while Bocharov netted his own goal a minute and a half later off Russell and Merzlov passes.
The Ice Dogs goalie Jacob Dugan gave up all 11 goals, picking up 16 stops. Replacement goalie Colton Lewicki stopped a perfect six out of six.
“(The game tonight) was fantastic. It was six points we needed. Our goal coming into the weekend was six points and we accomplished it. So its win-win for us,” Seguin said.
Saturday’s game was a 5-2 win for the Street Cats that was the closest matchup of the weekend Alpena took a quick 3-0 lead and held the lead for the rest of the game.
It featured two goals from Bocharov, two from Khasanov and one from Shtykov. Shurikhin picked up three assists, two from Bocharov and two from Khasanov.
The Street Cats have the rest of the year off before hosting Berkley on January 3rd.