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Sports roundup from Friday, February 14

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GIRLS HOCKEY

Alexandria 4, Fergus Falls 1

For the second time in section play, the Alexandria girls’ hockey team found itself trailing by a goal midway through the second period.

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But Rachel Drew scored two second period goals to permanently erase the deficit, and the Cardinals never looked back on their way to a second consecutive Section 6A title.

“It felt great,” Drew said. “You always dream about being the hero, or scoring the big goal.”

Fergus Falls’ Abby Hobbs scored the only goal of the first period as the Otters held a 1-0 lead. Fergus Falls took that lead all the way to 13:28 in the second period, when Drew scored to tie the game at 1-1.

Once they were on the board, the Cardinals offense began to roll. Sam Klimek gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game at 13:28, and then Drew scored her second goal at 16:06 of the second period.

Click here for more on the section title game.

BLIZZARD HOCKEY

Alexandria 6, Twin City 4

The Alexandria Blizzard erupted for five goals in the third period on Friday night to erase a 3-1 deficit and beat Twin City 6-4.

Power plays were a big part of that as Tom Schmidt and Mick Dhein each scored with a man advantage. Ian Ecklund also scored twice in the third period and Mitch Krafcheck added another to help in the comeback.

Kyle Miller got the win in net with 24 saves on 28 shots faced.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Moorhead 61, Alexandria 57

The Alexandria boys had a seven-game winning streak come to an end on Friday night as Moorhead came to town and left with a 61-57 win.

The win for the Spuds avenged a loss to Alexandria that started the winning streak for the Cardinals on January 18. Chase Kohler had 17 points to lead Alexandria in the losing effort. John Vogeler added 15 and Brandon Bistodeau finished with 10.

Moorhead was led by 23 points from Cody Dorow and 12 points from Brett Lawrence. That helped the Spuds overcome a 25-19 deficit at the half.

CGB 53, Ashby 46

The Ashby boys lost 53-46 to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Friday night.

The Arrows never held a lead in this one as the Wolverines used 24 points from Damon Gibson and 15 from Nate Bauer to secure the win. Blake Ohren led Ashby with 12 points, eight rebounds, four steals and seven blocks and Gage Olson added nine points and seven rebounds.

“We struggled tonight to get in any offensive rhythm," stated Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick. "Early in the game we rushed our shots and our shot selection was poor.  It seemed like we were playing defense the whole night.  In the second half we moved the ball better, but anytime we got any momentum we turned the ball over or rushed it and got greedy.”

Minnewaska 89, Sauk Centre 79

The Minnewaska boys erupted on Friday night as the Lakers shot an incredible 70 percent from the field, hitting 33-of-47 attempts in a win over Sauk Centre.

Included in that was a 7-of-15 night from three for Minnewaska. Austin Ostrander was the catalyst with 25 points and six assists. Jayden Beecher added 23 points. Austin VerSteeg finished with 12 and Matt McIver finished with 10.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Alexandria 81, St. Cloud Apollo 28

The Alexandria girls had no problems with St. Cloud Apollo on Friday night in an 81-28 win over the Eagles.

Amanda Gould had 18 points to lead Alexandria. Kendall Kohler added 12 points and Brooke Heggie finished with 13. Macy Hatlestad also added nine points, while Brooke Benner and Morgan Tesch had six to lead the Eagles.

Osakis 81, Upsala 37

The Osakis girls stayed perfect in the Prairie Conference on Friday night with an 81-37 win over Upsala. That moved the Silverstreaks to 12-0 in league play and to 18-2 overall.

Brandon-Evansville 67, Rothsay 34

The Brandon-Evansville girls hit eight threes on Friday night and rolled past Rothsay 67-34 to move to 8-1 in the Little Eight Conference.

Elizabeth Vinson had 15 to lead the Chargers. Mariah Hansen and Kylee Hansen each added 10. Madison Honer, Kennedy Larson and Chelsie Lankow each had six points to lead Rothsay.

Montevideo 57, Minnewaska 45

The Lakers fell to 8-12 with a 57-45 loss to Montevideo on Friday night.

Parkers Prairie 53, Ashby 36

The Parkers Prairie girls improved to 8-1 in the Little Eight Conference with a 53-36 win over Ashby. The Panthers kept pace with Brandon-Evansville at the top of the league.

WRESTLING

The Osakis wrestling team fell to Kimball Area in the semifinals of the Section 5A team tournament on Friday night in a 53-24 match.

Darrin Stoetzel got a pin for Osakis at 113 pounds in 4:47. Brendon Coyer added a pin in just 46 seconds at 120 pounds, but that is the last match the Silverstreaks would win until Nils Hagen got a pin in 4:39 at 182 pounds. Tyler Spanswick added a pin in 1:00 at 195, but it was not enough to advance.

Kimball went on to wrestle Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the championship and fell to a dominant ACGC team 57-7.

BOYS HOCKEY

Alexandria 5, Willmar 2

The Alexandria boys hockey team beat Willmar 5-2 in the regular-season finale on Friday night to finish 16-5-3 overall and 12-2-1 in the Central Lakes Conference.

That is good for second place in league play.

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Eric Morken
Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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