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Alexandria falls 4-1 in state consolation finals

Nicole Bartels (23) skates the puck towards the Proctor/Hermantown goal in the consolation championship game of the state tournament game on Friday. Bartels scored the only goal for the Cardinals in a 4-1 loss. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)
After tying the game minutes into the third period, the Alexandria girls’ hockey team could not keep pace in a 4-1 loss to Proctor/Hermantown Saturday in the state Class A consolation championship game.
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Nicole Bartels evened up the game 1-1 during a power play for the Cardinals early in the third, but from there Proctor picked up its offensive attack.

“They got their feet moving and they didn’t stop moving,” head coach Blair Hovel said. “I told that to the girls, ‘if you look at them they are moving their feet.’”

Proctor got on the board first with a goal by Sophie McGovern at 10:54 in the first period. From there the game remained scoreless until Bartels scored on a slap shot at 1:33 of the third period.

But Proctor outshot the Cardinals 10-5 in the period and added three more goals in the process. McGovern and Brielle Larson both scored unassisted goals, and Reilly Fawcett scored on an empty net with 31 seconds remaining after goaltender Amy Jost was pulled for an extra attacker.

Hovel was still happy with the effort he saw against Proctor, considering the Cardinals played a triple overtime game Thursday just to earn a spot in the consolation championship game.

“They gave it all they got,” Hovel said. “When you play two tough games prior to this game your energy level is high, and once you get down a little bit it kind of goes.”

The players also felt positive about the way they played Saturday. Proctor came into the tournament with an 18-9 regular season record.

“We have a bunch of young girls of all ages,” Rachel Drew said. “We pushed through some adversity and it was good to see the girls work through that.”

The Cardinals would have liked to see a few more pucks find the back of the net. They had plenty of scoring chances and were nearly identical in shots on goal with Proctor through the first two periods.

“I thought we were close on a lot of chances,” Melissa Drown said. “They said they were a strong physical team, and they were playing well defensively, kind of keeping us off the rebounds.”

The Cardinals met most of the goals they set for themselves before state tournament.

Alexandria won its first game at Ridder Arena, 4-3 over New Ulm on Thursday, to have a chance at the consolation championship. They also had a memorable effort in a 3-2 loss in the first round of the state tournament to the 2013 Class A state champions Blake.

“We set goals to win at least one game,” Taylor Ellingson said. “We were wishing it was our first game (against Blake) because it was super close, but I’m glad that we actually won a game because usually when we come down here it is two tough teams.”

GAME RESULTS

ALEXANDRIA 0 0 1 – 1

PROCTOR 1 0 3 – 4

SHOTS – ALEXANDRIA (9, 5, 5) – 19; PROCTOR (7, 10, 10) – 27

SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Proctor – Sophie McGovern (PP) (Reilly Fawcett, Abby Halverson), 10:54

SECOND PERIOD – NO GOALS

THIRD PERIOD – Alexandria – Nicole Bartels (Melissa Drown, Kaila DeWanz), 1:33; Proctor – McGovern, 6:15; Proctor – Brielle Larson, 13:24; Proctor – Fawcett (EMPTY NET) (PP), 16:29

GOALTENDING – ALEXANDRIA – Amy Jost, 23 saves on 26 shots; PROCTOR – Kylie Hommerding, 18 saves on 19 shots

Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is the sports editor at the Pierce County Herald. Before working at the Herald, Blaze was a sports reporter at the Alexandria Echo Press for one year and 10 months. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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