Alpena Warriors hockey team goes 3-1 to start 17-18 season

Courtesy Photo The Alpena Warriors girls travel hockey team started 3-1 on the season after playing four games in 24 hours last weekend.

The Alpena Warriors played four games in 24 hours over the weekend and came out on the plus side, going 3-1 to start the season.

The Warriors started the season with a 5-1 victory over the Copper Country Kiwanis on Saturday. Rheanna Chimner and Taylor Toldsdorf led the Alpena attack with two goals apiece and Gabby Smith chipped in the fifth goal. Smith, Emily Vivian, Tatum Moran Hunter Lundquist added assists. Goalie Emma Fraser turned away all but one shot while earning her first victory of the season.

 In Saturday’s second game of the season, Emma Fraser thwarted all 27 of Copper Country’s shots, earning her first shutout of the season and her second win. Alternate Captain Emily Vivian led the scoring attack with her first two goals of the season and newcomer Erin Bailey notched her first goal as well. Lizzy Heath, Rheanna Chimner, Taylor Tolsdorf and Gabby Smith all tallied assists for the Warriors.

 The Warriors earned only their second win in eight years on the Northern Michigan University home rink of the Marquette M-Bank in a thrilling 3-2 victory. Emily Vivian led all scorers with two goals and Tatum Moran netted her first goal of the season. Emma Fraser stood tall in net as the Warrior climbed to 3 and 0 on the season!

 The Warriors fell short in their final contest, 2-0. Emma Fraser was the star of the game turning away 30 of 32 shots on goal. After playing four games in 24 hours, Alpena just didn’t quite have the stamina to complete the sweep.

“We played the best 12 periods of hockey I’ve seen in the last 8 years,” Warriors coach Mike Nunneley said. “Our scoring leader Emily Vivian went down in the third after a violent collision and that kind of took the wind out of our sales. Everyone played awesome all weekend. This team has great potential to be very special if they keep playing like they did this weekend.”