Flyers earn first win of 2015-16 season

BROWNSTOWN-The Alpena Flyers earned their first win of the 2015-16 season on Saturday, topping the Detroit Fighting Irish 7-4.

The Flyers split a weekend series with the Irish, losing the Sunday game 6-4.

Trailing 4-3 after two periods on Saturday, the Flyers (1-5-1) caught fire in the third period, lighting the lamp four times over the next 20 minutes.

Andrej Fasko and Nic Baranyai each finished the game with two goals for the Flyers and Sergei Merzlov, Hunter Tolsdorf and Sam Charboneau had one goal each.

The Flyers were outshot 56-36 for the game, but made the most of their opportunities and converted five times on the power play.

Baranyai had a single power-play tally for Alpena in the first period as the Flyers fell behind 3-1. Tolsdorf and Fasko (power play) added goals in the second period and the Irish led 4-3 after 40 minutes.

Fasko (power play) tied the game just 3:08 into the final frame and Baranyai (power play) gave Alpena the lead for good at 9:18. Merzlov (power play) and Charboneau (short handed) added goals at 11:19 and 19:55 respectively.

Bret LeTourneau made 52 saves for the Flyers.

On Sunday, the two played to a 3-3 tie after two periods and Merzlov gave Alpena a 4-3 lead just 48 seconds into the third period. From there however, the Irish took over, netting the game’s last three goals over the remaining time.

Fasko (power play) and Rhett McDonald help Alpena jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and Alpena led 2-1 after 20 minutes. Tolsdorf added a goal 14 seconds into the middle frame, giving Alpena a 3-1 lead, before the Irish scored twice before the end of the period.

Matthew Hatcher earned the win for Alpena in goal.

Alpena will play two games on the road this weekend against the Michigan Wild.