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The Alexandria girls’ hockey team was handed two losses during a weekend road trip that included games against Mound Westonka and Orono.

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The first of the two games on the road was played Friday against Mound Westonka, a team the Cardinals last faced in the consolation bracket of the state tournament last February. The Cardinals were unable to exact revenge against Mound Westonka in a 4-0 loss.

On Saturday, the Cardinals played Orono, and again they were unable to pick up much offense in a 5-1 loss. Taylor Ellingson scored the lone goal for Alexandria in the third period.

Heading into the road trip, head coach Blair Hovel knew their opponents would be tough. In the November 26 high school coaches’ rankings, Orono was ranked eighth among Class A teams, while Mound Westonka was ranked ninth.

“We played well, we just didn’t really cash in on a few of our opportunities,” Hovel said. “Those teams are really good offensively, so when they had their opportunities they took advantage of them.”

The Cardinals were also at a disadvantage offensively with Mari Wosepka out of the lineup due to injury. Hovel said he tried mixing the lines up during the games to drum up some scoring, but Alexandria was unable to capitalize on the scoring chances.

“Mari seems to find the open ice and she just gets those rebounds, and that’s the key for our team,” Hovel said. “I don’t think we’re going to shoot past too many goalies, I think we’re going to have to work hard and get rebound goals.”

One positive for the Cardinals was getting Ellingson involved in the scoring. Before her goal Saturday she was having trouble finishing on her scoring chances.

Hovel said it was a good sign to see her score against Orono and end a scoring drought.

“She’s always a threat out there; she just wasn’t getting the puck behind the goalie,” Hovel said. “It was a good feeling for her. I think it was a little weight off her shoulders to know that she can (score) again.”

The losses dropped the Cardinals to 4-3 on the season. They will try to bounce back in two home games against Central Lakes Conference opponents this week, with the first yesterday, Tuesday, against Brainerd/Little Falls. They also play on Friday against Sartell/Sauk Rapids.

GAME STATISTICS ALEXANDRIA 0 0 0 – 0

MOUND WESTONKA 1 2 1 – 4

SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Mound Westonka – Ashley Luehmann (Liz Schepers), 8:31

SECOND PERIOD – Mound Westonka – Hunter Gallus (Jori Mazurek, Grace Holmen), 3:52; Ellie Burris (Gallus), 15:15

THIRD PERIOD – Gallus (Schepers), 8:35

ALEXANDRIA 0 0 1 – 1

ORONO 1 2 2 – 5

SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Orono – Becky Smith (Sarah Harrison, Brianna Bren), 16:15

SECOND PERIOD – Orono – Haley Sawatzke (Katherine Spurlock), 12:30; Brooklyn Duffy (Kacie Limesand, Harrison), 13:31

THIRD PERIOD – Orono – Smith (Emily Knight, Haley Nielsen), 3:33; Harrison (Nielsen), 8:21; Alexandria – Taylor Ellingson (Melissa Drown, Nicole Bartels), 12:22

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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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