The Alpena High School hockey team is hoping the third time will be the charm against Cadillac this season.
The Wildcats will face off against the Vikings at 7 p.m. tonight in a Division 3 pre-regional game in Gaylord. The winner advances to play Gaylord on Thursday.
Cadillac has already gotten the better of the Wildcats (14-11-1) twice this season. The Vikings topped Alpena 2-1 in Cadillac on Dec. 6 and beat the Wildcats 5-4 in overtime earlier this month at Northern Lights Arena.
Alpena led 4-3 in the third period of the most recent meeting, but was hurt by penalties in the final period before Ryan Morse capped a four-goal night for Cadillac with the game-winner in overtime.
Alpena has come up short against Cadillac this season, but the playoffs favor the Wildcats. Last season Zach Nash scored in double-overtime to give Alpena a spot in the regional final.
The Wildcats closed out the regular season last week with a 9-1 win over Gaylord at home and a 6-0 loss to Bay City Central on the road.