Blizzard Split Weekend with Win vs North Iowa
The Alexandria Blizzard hosted Granite and City Friday night at the Runestone Community Center. The Blizzard jumped out to an early lead Friday against the Lumberjacks when Nolan Westra scored his 2nd of the season. Carter Rieland and Jack Taylor picked up the assists. Granite City tied the game a half minute later and added another goal on the power play for 2-1 lead after one. The game was halted with just under five minutes to play in the 1st period when Shane Birkeland took a hit into the boards. Birkeland was eventually carted off, and suffered a concussion. The Blizzard will have him back once he’s out of the concussion protocol. Alexandria could not capitalize on their 5 minute power play that resulted from the hit. Granite City added two more goals in the 2nd period and skated away with a 4-1 win.
Saturday night the 1st place North Iowa Bulls came to town, and the Blizzard bounced back with a 4-2 victory. North Iowa outshot the Blizzard 14-6 in the first and led 1-0 heading into the second period. Alexandria seized the momentum with three goals in the first five minutes. Caleb Strong tied the game :53 seconds in off a nice feed from Nikolai Rajala. Cole Lehmann put the Blizzard on top with a power play goal with assists going to Strong and Sean Kenny. Then Colin Tushie scored his first Blizzard goal on a breakaway. North Iowa came back with a late 2nd period goal to pull within 3-2 heading into the 3rd period. Alexandria’s Cole Klingbeil scored seven minutes in to put the Blizzard back up by two. Brandon Greeder and Ben Tschida picked up the assists. Joey Greilich made 11 3rd period saves and ended with 33 on the night for a .943 save percentage and his 2nd victory of the year.
With Saturday’s win Alexandria (4-2-1 – 9 pts) is one point behind North Iowa for the West Division lead. Friday night the Blizzard travel to New Ulm (1-5-0 – 2pts) who just picked up their first win of the year. Saturday night the Blizzard are back home to host Granite City (4-1- 8pts). The puck drops both nights at 7:10 CDT. Purchase your tickets online at tickets.alexandriablizzard.com or watch the action on hockeytv.com
Willmar Two Close Losses over Weekend
The Willmar Warhawks opened their home schedule by hosting the 1st place North Iowa Bulls on Friday Night. North Iowa outshot Willmar 9-6 and led 1-0 after the 1st period. Willmar got on track early in the 2nd period when Austin Jozwick scored his first goal of the season with assists coming from Ethan Mock and goaltender Luke Weberg. Jozwick kept the momentum going with his 2nd of the period at the 13:33 mark giving the Warhawks a 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd. North Iowa came though, early in the third scoring twice within a minute to back on top 3-2. Willmar’s Michael Sweetland tied the game with just over 6 minutes left with his 3rd goal of the season. Cayden Sunde, and Brady O’Brien picked up the assists. But a minute later, North Iowa recaptured the lead and added an empty netter for the 5-3 win.
Saturday Night the Warhawks hosted New Ulm with the Steel jumping out to a 2-0 lead after one, and led 3-0 just three minutes into the second. Willmar’s Drew Sandy gave the Warhawks some life with his first goal of the year at the 4:54 mark. Ethan Light, and Ben Johnson picked up the assists. The Warhawks pulled within one ten minutes later when Louis Anders scored his first of the year with assists from Brady O’Brien and Jack Willis. New Ulm added a late goal in the 2nd and went up 5-2 midway through the 3rd period. Owen Thomas set up Jack Willis for his 4th goal of the season late on the power play but there just wasn’t enough time as New Ulm came away with the 5-3 victory.
Willmar (2-5-0 - 4 pts) has a home and home with North Iowa (5-2-0 – 10 pts) this weekend. Get your tickets at tickets.willmarwarhawks.com for Friday night’s game at the Willmar Civic Center Arena. The puck drops at 7:10 CDT. Saturday will be in North Iowa with a 7:30 start. You can watch the action on hockeytv.com
LATE GOAL NOT ENOUGH AS NORSEMEN FALL 4-1 TO MINOT
MINOT, ND – A offensive second period for the Minot Minotauros was too much for the St. Cloud Norsemen to overcome as the team would fall 4-1 on the road on Saturday night.
After a back-and-forth opening 20 minutes of play resulted in a scoreless game, Minot took the lead midway through the second period Joey Moffat found the back of the net on the powerplay. Less than two minute later, the Minotauros would add a second goal from leading scorer Joseph Harguindeguy for the 2-0 lead.
In the third, Kaiden Scott scored his second goal on the weekend to extend the Minot lead to 3-0.
With the Norsemen net empty and a 6-on-3 powerplay backing St. Cloud, Jack Suchy scored his second of the season to close the score to 3-1.
An empty-net goal from Carter Korpi would solidify the 4-1 decision.
After the loss, the Norsemen fall to 0-4-0-0 on the season.
The Norsemen will return to action on Friday, October 30 at home against the Bismarck Bobcats at 7:10 PM. Mark Shelley will broadcast the game live on the Lyon Sheet Metal and Heating Norsemen Network on HockeyTV.