Warriors finish runner-up in BOTB Tourney

Courtesy Photo The Alpena Warriors girls hockey team took runner-up honors during the Battle of the Bay Tournament last weekend, falling 5-1 to Bad Axe in the title game.

The Alpena Warriors came up one game short in their bid to win the Battle on the Bay at Northern Lights Arena over the weekend.

Alpena faced off against Bad Axe in the final game for the fourth time in two weeks and earned runner-up honors on the wrong end of a 5-1 final score. Goalie Emma Fraser earned player of the tournament honors as she turned away more than 50 shots in the final game. 

Bad Axe opened the scoring in the first period and Alpena responded with two goals to take the lead. Taylor Tolsdorf scored an unassisted goal and Lizzy Kendziorski scored on an assist from Kelly Watson.

In the second period Bad Axe responded with two goals of its own leaving the teams at 3 to 2 heading into the final period. As in two previous meetings, Bad Axe tallied a late goal to take the two-goal lead. Alpena pulled their goalie and Bad Axe was awarded the final goal as a Warrior defenseman covered the puck in the crease.

Alpena earned their first runner-up trophy at Battle on the Bay and only the second award in the team’s history.

“All of our girls played above and beyond expectation. When you have to play five games in three days, it’s a physical grind. We learned we’re a good team, but to win a championship, you must have the physical and mental endurance to play all three periods. We’ll get back to practice this week and prepare for Traverse City,” Coach Mike Nunneley said.

Alpena earned a championship game berth by beating the No. 1 seed and undefeated Kensington 3-1 on a full team effort. Emma Fraser turned away over 40 shots and player of the Game Courtney Nunneley led the staunch defense to victory. Erin Bailey led the offensive attack with a goal and an assist. Lizzy Kendziorski added two goals to the effort. Lexie Gries and Emily Vivian each had an assist. Kelly Watson set the tone with a blistering shot on net that resulted in the first rebound goal.