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Alexandria goaltender Sam Goetsch makes a stop on a shot by St. Cloud Tech’s Kaleb Woodman during last Thursday night’s CLC contest. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Cardinals find their stopper

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Every good hockey team needs a goaltender that can pick up some key stops when the team needs them.

This year that goalie is Sam Goetsch, a senior who is in his first year starting in net for the Alexandria boys’ hockey team.

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“We’re all grateful for him,” senior forward Levi McFarlane said. “He’s a very good goaltender and it’s great to have him in the net for us.”

Goetsch is starting for the Cardinals this year after he lived in the Twin Cities last year. This season he has a 9-3-1 record with a .905 save percentage and a 2.17 goals against average.

“He’s been great,” assistant coach Jon Crouse said. “His numbers actually might be a little deceiving. We lost those two games 6-1, 6-0, and other than that he’s only given up a goal-and-a-half a game.”

Goetsch also has some NA3HL experience playing for the Alexandria Blizzard last year. He started three games, picking up two wins and earning a .916 save percentage.

This season, Goetsch is happy to be back in Alexandria and so far has started every game in goal.

“It’s been fun,” Goetsch said. “It’s a great group of guys. Being back in Alexandria this year is a blessing.”

He has been happy to put up some good numbers in goal, but said his main concern is for the Cardinals to play a solid second half of the season and have the opportunity to play well in the section tournament.

“It’s always fun to have some good stats out there, but all that matters is the team’s winning,” Goetsch said. “Just keep getting better for the playoffs.”

Goetsch has been a large part of Alexandria’s perfect 6-0 start in the Central Lakes Conference this season. The Cardinals are among the league leaders in goals allowed.

“He’s a workhorse,” Crouse said. “He’s been good in practice, he’s focused, and he’s ready to go every game, so he’s been great.”

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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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