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Cards fall in final seconds to Spuds

The Alexandria girls’ hockey team lost a heartbreaker on Thursday as Moorhead scored with five seconds left for a 3-2 victory.

The last-second loss was the latest in a season in which head coach Blair Hovel said many of the bounces have not gone in the Cardinals’ favor.

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“As I’ve been saying all year, the bounces have not been going our way,” Hovel said. “We are hoping they’ll go our way in the playoffs when it really matters.”

The Cardinals felt good about its play in the game after leading 2-1 after two periods. Melissa Drown scored two goals for Alexandria and the team was able to kill off a five-minute major penalty.

Moorhead started the third period with a game tying goal by Tori Davis, and after that, the two teams settled in for a battle. The Spuds’ offensive pressure proved to be too much, however, as Haley Ludwig scored with only five seconds left in the game for a game-winning goal.

ALEXANDRIA 6, SOUTH FARGO/DAVIES 0 The Cardinals rebounded from a tough loss the night before to win a 6-0 game in South Fargo on Friday.

Melissa Drown and Mari Wosepka scored two goals each to lead Alexandria’s offense.

Bailey Serum earned a shutout by stopping all 16 shots on goal.

Alexandria wrapped up the season on Monday night with a game versus the St. Cloud Icebreakers. The Section 6A quarterfinals round begins on Saturday.

GAME RESULTS ALEXANDRIA 1 3 2 – 6

SOUTH FARGO 0 0 0 – 0

SHOTS – ALEXANDRIA (13, 16, 13) – 42; SOUTH FARGO – (2, 10, 3) – 16

SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Alexandria – Lauren Niska (Rachel Drew), 1:30

SECOND PERIOD – Alexandria – Nicole Bartels (PP) (Hanah Hansen, Rachel Drew), 3:41; Melissa Drown (SH) (Mari Wosepka, Niska), 4:11; Wosepka (SH) (Drown), 11:05

THIRD PERIOD – Alexandria – Wosepka, 1:43; Drown (SH), 3:08

GOALTENDING – Alexandria – Bailey Serum, 16 saves on 16 shots; Fargo South – Emily Grothmann, 36 saves on 42 shots

MOORHEAD 0 1 2 – 3

ALEXANDRIA 0 20 0 – 2

SHOTS – Alexandria (9, 14, 5) – 28; Moorhead (9, 7, 14) – 30

SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – NO SCORING

SECOND PERIOD – Moorhead – Marissa Herdt (Monique Aanenson), 12:11; Alexandria – Drown (Bartels), 13:27; Drown (Bartels), 15:28

THIRD PERIOD – Moorhead – Tori Davis (PP) (Jenna Perreault), 2:25; Haley Ludwig (Rebekah Hakk), 16:55

GOALTENDING – Alexandria – Amy Jost, 27 saves on 30 shots; Moorhead – Brianna Storms – 26 saves on 28 shots

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. 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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