Street Cats move into 3rd place after sweep

The Alpena Street Cats got the best possible outcome after a three-game series with the Berkley Bruins last weekend.

After a 10-4 win on Friday, the Street Cats beat Berkley 15-2 on Saturday and earned a 1-0 win by forfeit on Sunday.

The three-game sweep and six points earned from the wins, pushed Alpena up to third place in the Midwest Junior Hockey League with 32 points. The Street Cats are just two points back from the second-place Soo Firehawks and hold a one-point lead over the fourth-place Detroit Fighting Irish.

Pavel Bocharov, Edgar Kharlamov and Andrei Yanovich each scored a hat trick in Saturday’s win as Alpena broke a 2-2 tie after the first period with five unanswered goals in the second period.

Yanovich also had four assists and finished with seven points and Savelii Skurikhin added five points (two goals, three assists).

Alpena also got single tallies from Kam Russell, Garret Bailey, Nicholas Hartmann and Vladislav Khasanov. Goaltender Aleksandr Shishkin made 44 saves.

Despite another big offensive night for Alpena, penalties became the story of the night as the two teams combined for 97 penalty minutes and three majors.

Three Berkley players were given game misconducts which require them to sit out for one game. The ejections left Berkley with 11 players heading into Sunday’s game and the Bruins ultimately decided to forfeit the contest.

Alpena is off this weekend, but heads to Berkley for a three-game series beginning Jan. 31.