TRAVERSE CITY - Alpena's stay in the state hockey playoffs was much shorter than the Wildcats would've liked.
The Traverse Bay Reps scored the first two goals of the night and went on to defeat the Wildcats 3-1 in a pre-regional contest in Traverse City on Monday.
Kevin Danducci and Quinn Lyman got the Reps on the board with back-to-back goals in the second period. Alpena managed to slice the lead to 2-1 at the 5:44 mark of the third period when Sawyer Plume fed Sam Rumbles for a goal.
Alpena pulled goalie Jesse Boilore for the last 1:30 of the game and had some good opportunities to score, but couldn't put one in the back of the net.
Zach Hill had the final goal for the Reps.
Boilore had a big night in goal for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats (10-13-1), already playing with some key players because of injury, played the last 10 minutes short-handed after Garret Bailey was sent to the box with a controversial checking from behind penalty. Bailey was a key contributor during Monday's game.
The loss ends the first season for Pete Doubek as Alpena's head coach. Doubek described the year as interesting.
"Lots of young kids and lots of ups and downs," Doubek said. "We have lots of potential. Goaltending is a non-issue - we have two great goaltenders for at least the next two years. We'll also have a lot of good seniors and some good players coming up from below. We'll have a good mix next year."
The Reps (12-12-1) move on to face Traverse City Central in Wednesday's pre-regional.