Wildcats fall in shootout
TRENTON — The Alpena High hockey team’s winning streak ended by the slimmest of margins on Friday.
Carter Allen scored in a shootout, giving Trenton a 2-1 edge over the Wildcats during the opening day of the MIHL Showcase.
The loss ended a 14-game winning streak for the Wildcats (18-3), who also lost their first game of 2023 in a matchup of Division 2 top-10 teams — Alpena entered the game ranked second and Trenton entered the game ranked sixth.
After two scoreless periods, both teams lit the lamp in the final frame before settling the game in a shootout.
James Kuhl scored for Alpena, depositing a rebound past Trenton goalie Noah Miklos midway through the third period to give Alpena a 1-0 lead.
The lead was short lived though as Jacob Wiseman skated in on a 2-on-1 with Allen a short time later and sent a shot past Alpena goalie Aidan Schultz.
Wiseman’s goal was the first goal allowed by an Alpena goaltender in 14 periods and first since Jan. 14.
It was also just the fourth goal allowed by the Wildcats in 2023.
Alpena began the third period with a 5-on-3 advantage for more than a minute and more than three minutes with a man advantage after the Trojans took a five-minute major penalty in the closing seconds of the second period.
Alpena had its chances and kept Miklos busy, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Harrison Kaszubowski was among those who kept firing at Trenton’s net and hit the same post twice, but couldn’t convert.
After Trenton netted the equalizer, Alpena had several more chances down the stretch, including another good chance from Kuhl.
Alpena outshot Trenton 29-22 in regulation and 14-7 in the third period.
After a scoreless first period, Schultz came up big for the Wildcats to open the middle stanza, stopping two Trenton chances within the first 30 seconds.
A short time later, Alpena missed a point blank 2-on-1 chance.
Alpena plays University Liggett — ranked ninth in Division 3 — on Saturday morning.