SAULT STE. MARIE-The Alpena High School hockey team hung tough with Sault. Ste. Marie on Saturday, but couldn't muster more than a goal and lost to the Blue Devils on the second day of the Lynn Auto Parts Showcase.
Jared Plume scored for Alpena (7-7-1) in the first period and Jesse Boilore finished with 30 saves for the Wildcats.
The game marked a rematch of a Division 3 regional final from last season and Alpena coach Pete Doubek was proud of his team's effort despite the loss.
"Sault's a really good team obviously. They were the state runners-up last year and they didn't lose much. I was really happy with the kids' play," Doubek said. "The first and second periods we competed hard and a couple bounces here and there and the game could've gone the other way."
The teams were tied 1-1 after one period and Sault took the lead for good in the second period on a penalty shot before adding two more goals in the final frame.
Alpena will play two games against Central Algoma Secondary School in Canada this weekend.
Rogers City finishes 7th in Gladwin
GLADWIN-After losing its opening match on Saturday, the Rogers City wrestling team reeled off four straight wins to finish seventh at the Gladwin Duals.
Rogers City began the day with a narrow 34-33 loss to the host Flying G's, but rebounded to collect wins over Chippewa Hills (51-23), Bay City John Glenn (37-25), Reed City (41-36) and Ionia (45-24).
Justin Saile (125), Jake Sobeck (145) and Andrew Selke (215) all went 5-0 for the Hurons. Cam Urban (135), Austin Bober (160) and Tommy Vogelheim (103) went 4-1.
Jack Ryan (152) went 3-2 on the day for Rogers City and earned his 100th career win during his second match. Noah Sobeck (130) and Jared LaFleche (171) also went 3-2.
Tristian Baller (112) went 1-4 and Cole Henry was 0-5 wrestling in his first meet.
Rogers City hosts a North Star League quad on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m.