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The Blizzard’s Danny Pelzer centers the puck on his stick before taking a shot against Granite City. (Echo Press photo by Blaze Fugina)

Blizzard drop home opener

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sports Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

The Alexandria Blizzard went 1-1 over the weekend, winning against Breezy Point on the road Friday but losing the home opener to Granite City Saturday.

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The Blizzard had no problem putting away the North Stars in a 5-1 win on Friday, but the tables turned on Saturday as the Lumberjacks cruised to an 8-1 victory at the Runestone Community Center.

Joe Anderson led the Blizzard with two goals on Friday against Breezy Point. Jody Randall, Tom Schmidt and Ian Ecklund also scored for Alexandria.

Goaltender Tanner Elmore saved 25 of the 26 shots on goal for the win.

But Saturday was a completely different game for the Blizzard. Granite City built an early 5-0 lead before Jake Maxson scored the lone Alexandria goal. Three goals in the third period gave Granite City an 8-1 victory.

Goaltender Evan Bisek was given the loss for the Blizzard after allowing four goals on 12 shots in the first period. Elmore played the final two periods in net, giving up four goals on 18 shots.

Luke Richardson led Granite City with three goals on Saturday.

The Blizzard will be back in action Friday and Saturday at the Runestone Community Center with two games against the Wisconsin Whalers. The puck drops both nights at 7:10 p.m.

GAME STATISTICS ALEXANDRIA 0 2 3 – 5

BREEZY POINT 0 1 0 – 1

SHOTS – Alexandria – 18 13 15 – 46; Breezy Point – 6 9 11 – 26

SCORING – SECOND PERIOD – Breezy Point – Jon Plaszcz; Alexandria – Ian Ecklund (Aaron Ryback, Jake Maxson); Tom Schmidt

THIRD PERIOD – Alexandria – Joe Anderson (Christian Canavati); Jody Randall; Anderson (Ryback, Trent Olson)

GOALTENDING – Alexandria – Tanner Elmore – W, 25 saves on 26 shots faced; Breezy Point – Joey Bergquist – L, 41 saves on 46 shots faced

GRANITE CITY 4 1 3 – 8

ALEXANDRIA 0 1 0 – 1

SHOTS – Granite City – 12 6 12 – 30; Alexandria – 2 14 12 – 28

SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Granite City – Tobias Gabrielsen; Gavin Porter (Aaron Storch); Luke Richardson (Porter, Roy Grandov); Richardson (Travis Kothenbeutel, Morgan Martelle)

SECOND PERIOD – Granite City – Aidan Verbeke (Gabrielsen, Drew Otto); Alexandria – Maxson (Ecklund)

THIRD PERIOD – Granite City – Verbeke (Otto, Mitchell Gwost); Richardson (Gabrielsen, Grandov); Christian Mohs (Storch)

GOALTENDING – Alexandria – Evan Bisek – L, 8 saves on 12 shots; Elmore – 14 saves on 18 shots; Granite City – Scott Murray – W, 27 saves on 28 shots

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