The Alexandria girls hockey team saw its quest for a third straight section title come up short after a 2-0 loss to second-seeded Detroit Lakes in St.Cloud.
The Cardinals went into the third down by one. They peppered the Lakers' Veronica Badurek but the freshman goaltender stood tall in the biggest game of her young career.
"It was a little nerve wracking but I knew I could do it," Badurek said. "We had beat them before so I knew we could do it."
The two teams came into the game having split two regular season games. After a scoreless first period, Detroit Lakes got the important first goal as junior Brianna Seebold snuck one between the legs of Stephanie Drown. Five-on-five play was almost nonexistant in the middle frame as both teams struggled with penalties.
It seemed like only a matter of time before the Cardinals would break through in the final period. They struck early and often but couldn't get the bounce they needed.
"Once we got to five on five in the third period we felt like eventually that momentum, that costant pressure would yield something on the scoreboard," Alexandria head coach Andy Shriver said. "It just didn't."
The Cardinals thought they had tied things up late in the second period. Shelby Iverson got her stick on an airborne puck and deflected it toward the net. Alexandria celebrated the goal before the refs noticed the puck was stuck in the outside part of the netting.
That was the kind of night it was for the Cardinals as they saw their season end short of the state tournament for just the second time in the last nine years.