Missed chances hurt Flyers in 3-2 loss against Kalkaska

By JONNY ZAWACKI

News Sports Writer

The Alpena Flyers ran into some solid goaltending and had several missed opportunities in a 3-2 loss against Kalkaska on Sunday at Northern Lights Arena.

The first period featured a fast paced, end to end battle in which both teams killed off a handful of penalties and fired 14 shots apiece on net, but were unable to find the back of the net. Alpena had a few good opportunities early on in the period when the had a 5-3 advantage, but Kalkaska goaltender Alex Meagher made several saves to keep the score tied.

The second period started off much like the first. Alpena got another opportunity less than four minutes into the period, but Austin Postek failed to score on a penalty short.

There would be a quick change in the final five minutes of the second after a flurry of goals were scored, the first of which came off of the stick of Postek on some sweet puck movement as Sergei Merzlov and Ryan Spencer picked up assists to break the scoreless tie.

The lead would not last as Kalkaska answered with a powerplay goal of their own two minutes later to even the game back up at one goal apiece.

The Flyers responded 30 seconds later on some more beautiful passing from Postek and Jared Kwiatkowski to set up Andrej Fasko with a goal to put Alpena back in front.

Not to be outdone, 30 seconds later, the Rhinos tied the game back up on a questionable goal as the puck snuck in just before the net came off the moorings.

Kalkaska was able to net the final goal of the period with 15 seconds left to take a 3-2 lead into the third period.

Alpena had several chances again in the final period, but a shot off the post and the solid goaltending from Meagher, who came up with some key saves in the final minute when the Flyers pulled their goalie for a 6-4 advantage, was the difference in the game.

With the loss, Alpena falls to 13-29-1 on the year.