Cardinals split road games
The Alexandria girls’ hockey team split games on the road this week, winning 6-1 at Brainerd/Little Falls on Monday and losing 4-1 at Sartell/Sauk Rapids Tuesday.
In a 4-1 loss against Sartell/Sauk Rapids, the Cardinals were nearly even in shots on goal but could not convert those chances into scoring.
The Storm’N Sabres took a 2-0 lead in the first period when it scored two goals within 15 seconds of each other from Olivia Stockinger and Megan Cook. Alexandria head coach Blair Hovel said he would like to see the team work on coming out strong after giving up a goal to an opposing team.
“When we give up a goal, we’ve got to learn to respond a little bit better and just do the little things, which is win the faceoff and put the puck deep and put them on defense,” Hovel said.
After Lexi Holman scored for the Storm’N Sabres in the second period, Melissa Drown netted one to put the Cardinals on the board 3-1. After that, Alexandria controlled play for much of the second and third periods, but they were unable to cut into the deficit.
Sarah Kaschmitter collected a late empty net goal to put the final score at 4-1. Considering that Sartell/Sauk Rapids is tied for first place in the CLC, Hovel was still happy with the Cardinals’ ability to control play in the second half of the game.
The Cardinals’ new lines are starting to come together, and Hovel expects them to make a strong push in tournament season.
“Our lines are getting better, they’re clicking,” Hovel said. “I think we’re still headed in the right direction for the playoffs, and that’s what we really want to look for.”
BRAINERD/LITTLE FALLS 1
McKenzie Revering scored two goals for the Cardinals in a 6-1 win over Brainerd/Little Falls Monday night.
Alexandria came out aggressive in the first period, outshooting Brainerd 22-1 and scoring goals from Revering and Drown.
A solid effort from the Brainerd/Little Falls goaltender kept Alexandria from scoring more goals right away in the first.
The Cardinals were unable to generate much offense in the second period, but in the third, Alexandria finished off the game with four goals. Hanah Hansen and Lauren Niska scored shorthanded, and Revering and Nicole Bartels also netted goals.
“That’s what we kind of expect coming into the game, is to go hard at them and take advantage of our opportunities because we knew we would get those against them,” Hovel said.
GAME RESULTS ALEXANDRIA 0 1 0 – 1
SARTELL/SAUK RAPIDS 2 1 1 – 4
SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – SARTELL – Olivia Stockinger (Markia Smith, Megan Mohr), 12:40; Megan Cook (Lexi Holman, Sarah Kaschmitter), 12:51
SECOND PERIOD – SARTELL – Holman (Kaschmitter, Stockinger), 5:17; ALEXANDRIA – Melissa Drown, 11:46
THIRD PERIOD – Kaschmitter (Holman, Amanda Flemming), 15:47
GOALTENDING – Amy Jost – L, 32 saves on 35 shots; Clare Minnerath – W, 31 saves on 32 shots
ALEXANDRIA 2 0 4 – 6
BRAINERD/LITTLE FALLS 0 1 0 – 1
SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – ALEXANDRIA - McKenzie Revering, Melissa Drown
THIRD PERIOD – ALEXANDRIA – Revering, Hanah Hansen (SH), Lauren Niska (SH), Nicole Bartels