The Alpena Wildcats hockey team had their home opener Friday night against Saginaw Heritage in the annual Thanksgiving Showcase tournament.
First period, Bryce Moe would take a shot, Anthony Thompson got a stick on it and put it in the back of the net. The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead.
Saginaw Heritage would go on the attack, Nolan Drapp took a shot, it was deflected but he got his own rebound and put it past Jonathon Rensberry in goal to make it 1-1.
Off a face off, Moe took another shot but it would be stopped, but Brody Misiak was in the right place at the right time to put Alpena in front, 2-1 at the end of the first period.
Second period now, Clark Weir put on an impressive move to shake the goaltender and score to make it 3-1 Alpena. He would celebrate with a dab.
Still the second, Drapp got a breakaway, and all he had to do was beat the goaltender which he did to make it 3-2.
Late in the third, Alec Mellon would take it himself, he put it in the back of the net for the equalizer. The game would go to a shootout tied at 3.
After both the Wildcats and Hawks scored on their first attempts, Mellon appeared to have scored, but the official signaled that the goal was no good. The game remained tied.
Alpena could not score, but neither did Saginaw Heritage after Rensberry blocked Owen Turner’s shot.
Weir would go next, he put on a move to freeze the goalie and put it in the back of the net. Alpena led by one.
On the Hawks’ next attempt, Drapp put in an easy wrist shot to tie the game once again.
For Alpena, Gavin Hamp would put on a nice move in front of the goalkeeper and score to give the Wildcats the lead.
On Saginaw Heritage’s last chance, Logan Boettcher would try a move but Rensberry would reject it to secure the Wildcats’ victory 4-3.