Alexandria Blizzard Opens with Split on the Road
The Alexandria Blizzard opened their ’20-’21 season this weekend with two games on the road. Friday night the Blizzard suffered a tough 9-1 loss to North Iowa. Alex Heidenreich gave the Blizzard an early lead six minutes into the game on assists from Andrew Revering and Jack Taylor, but it was all North Iowa after that as they cruised to victory.
Saturday night the Blizzard looked to bounce back in New Ulm, and did, with a 5-3 victory against the Steel. Cole Jacobs scored about seven and a half minutes in with an assist from Austin McNeil for an early lead once again. Caleb Strong gave Alexandria a 2-0 lead three minutes later with assists from Sean Kenny, and Nolan Westra. The Steel got on the board a couple minutes later to pull within 2-1 after one. The 2nd period remained scoreless until late when Austin Mcneil broke loose on a breakaway. After being denied on the initial attempt, McNeil stayed with the puck and banked it off the Steel goaltender from behind to give the Blizzard a 3-1 lead heading into the 3rd. Cole Lehman scored 5:39 into the 3rd with assists from Strong and Kenny to give the Blizzard a 4-1 lead. New Ulm came back with two of their own to pull within a goal late, but Caleb Strong sealed the 5-3 victory with his 2nd goal of the game into the empty net. Strong led all scorers with 3 points. Austin Mcneil scored twice and Cole Jacobs along with Sean Kenny each had 2 assists. The Blizzard outshot the Steel 45-26, and Bailey Rosch got the win in between the pipes with a 23 save performance.
This coming weekend Alexandria is back in New Ulm (1-1) Friday night for a 7:10 puck drop. Then it’ll be Alexandria’s home opener on Saturday night as the Blizzard host the Willmar Warhawks (1-1) at 7:10 CDT.
Willmar Warhawks Start the Season 1-1
The Willmar Warhawks played two games on the road this weekend to start the season at 1-1. The Warhawks beat the Steel Friday in New Ulm 4-1 and lost to the Granite City Lumberjacks 9-2 on Saturday.
On Friday, the scoring started early with New Ulm getting their lone goal within the first three minutes of play. The Warhawks answered with a Jack Willis highlight reel goal assisted by Spencer Platt and Louis Anders. Ethan Light scored at the 10:30 mark in the first with assists by Willis and Platt, giving both helpers their second point of the night.
Willmar started the second period with a Tyler Corbid goal assisted by Austin Jozwick and Ethan Mock at the 1:36 mark. The defense played well, only allowing 4 Steel shots in the period.
The game came to a close with a Nic Gustafson empty net goal, making the score 4-1 with 1:36 left to play.
Goalie Luke Weberg had a phenomenal night in net saving 22 of 23 shots marking a solid return for the team captain.
“Friday was a lot of positives,” said head coach, Kirk Olimb. “The boys battled really
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