Card girls beat Willmar, tie Rogers
The Alexandria girls’ hockey team defended its home ice in two games last week as they played to a 6-2 win against Willmar on Thursday and a 3-3 tie against Rogers.
The Cardinals needed a come-from-behind effort against Rogers on Saturday as they trailed 2-1 heading into the third period.
After goals from Rogers’ Gabby Billing and Madison Chapman early in the first period, Melissa Drown scored for Alexandria at 12:45 to pull within one goal.
After both teams were scoreless in the second period, a goal by Alexandria’s Sam Klimek tied the game at 4:50 in the third. Then Drown scored her second goal of the game to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. But Maddy Lehn scored for Rogers at 11:06 in the third, and neither team could break the tie through the rest of regulation and in overtime.
Head coach Blair Hovel said he noticed an improved effort on offense for the Cardinals’ against a tough Class AA opponent in Rogers. The Cardinals were able to position themselves better on offense and were able to control the play.
“The girls were focused today on trying to do that,” Hovel said. “Trying to get in the right position and trying to find that loose puck and knowing what to do with it at the right time.”
ALEX 6, WILLMAR 2
The Cardinals picked up its second straight Central Lakes Conference victory Thursday in a 6-2 home win against Willmar.
Hovel said the Cardinals played quality defense and were able to get plenty of scoring chances Thursday.
“Offensively we were getting good, quality shots on net,” he said.
After Willmar’s Shelby Schneider opened the game with a goal, Alexandria jumped out for three of its own to take a 3-1 lead after the first period. Taylor Ellingson, Nicole Bartels and Drown each scored once in the period.
Willmar cut into the lead midway through the second period with a goal by Jordan Sankey. Later in the period Micaela Swenson and Klimek scored to give Alexandria a 5-2 lead.
Drown tallied her second goal of the game late in the third period and Alexandria held on for the rest of the game.
Bailey Serum earned the win after turning away 11 of Willmar’s 13 shots on goal. Alexandria spent a majority of the game on offense, outshooting Willmar 53-13.
Hovel was happy with the way Alexandria attacked the puck in the game, which helped them build a comfortable lead.
“It was just a great team effort,” Hovel said. “We were able to run three lines the majority of the game.”
The Cardinals now have a 7-4-1 overall record this season, including 4-2 in conference play.
ROGERS 2 0 1 0 – 3
ALEXANDRIA 1 0 2 0 – 3
SHOTS – ALEXANDRIA (6, 4, 10, 6) – 26; ROGERS (9, 13, 10, 5) – 37
SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Rogers – (Gabby Billing), 7:09; Madison Chapman (Olivia Olson), 9:01; Alexandria – Melissa Drown (PP) (Nicole Bartels), 12:45
SECOND PERIOD – No goals
THIRD PERIOD – Alexandria – Sam Klimek (Bartels), 4:50; Drown, 6:31; Rogers – Maddy Lehn (Ellie Feillen), 11:06
GOALTENDING – Alexandria – Amy Jost, 33 saves on 36 shots; Rogers – Emily Bjorgan, 23 saves on 26 shots
WILLMAR 1 1 0 – 2
ALEXANDRIA 3 2 1 – 6
SHOTS – ALEXANDRIA (18, 22, 13) – 53; WILLMAR (7, 4, 2) – 13
SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Willmar – Shelby Schneider (Riley Schneider), 6:38; Alexandria – Taylor Ellingson (Mari Wosepka, Bartels), 9:17; Bartels (Drown), 15:59; Drown (Lauren Niska)
SECOND PERIOD – Willmar – Jordan Sankey (Amelia Amon), 8:15; Alexandria - Micaela Swenson (PP) (Bartels, Karina Carlsen), 12:45; Klimek (Hanah Hansen, Bartels), 16:19
THIRD PERIOD – Drown (Wosepka), 15:33
GOALTENDING – Alexandria – Bailey Serum, W, 11 saves on 13 shots; Willmar – L, 47 saves on 53 shots