Sports roundup from Saturday, December 14
Alexandria 5, Minnesota 1
The Alexandria Blizzard bounced back from a loss to Twin City on Friday night to beat the Minnesota Flying Aces 5-1 on Saturday.
The Blizzard blew things open with three goals in the second period after both teams went scoreless in the first. Ethan Luck, Garrett Skinner and Joe Anderson all scored as Alexandria took a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Tom Schmidt added to the lead in the third period less than six minutes in before Mick Dhein scored a shorthanded goal to put the finishing touches on the win at 11:14. Bo Gronseth didn’t score himself, but he assisted on four of Alexandria’s goals.
Evan Bisek got the win in net for the Blizzard with 28 saves.
St. Cloud Cathedral 3, Alexandria 2 F/Overtime
The Alexandria boys’ hockey team dropped its first game of the season on Saturday in a tight game against St. Cloud Cathedral in a battle of unbeaten teams at the Runestone Community Center.
Logan Neu of Cathedral scored the game winner in overtime when he connected off an assist from Will Hammer seven minutes, 42 seconds into the extra session.
Cathedral held a 2-1 lead after the first period after Toby Helgeson had given the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead with a goal at 4:14. Neither team scored in the second, but Matt Resch evened things at two apiece 10:17 into the third. That sent it to overtime where Neu played the role of hero.
It was a good early-season test for Alexandria against a Section 6A foe in the Crusaders. Cathedral is now 7-0 on the season and Alexandria fell to 5-1. The Cardinals’ Sam Goetsch took the loss in net despite tallying 31 saves. The Crusaders’ Zach Fritz earned the win with 36 saves.
Alexandria 3, Rogers 3 F/OT
Alexandria and Rogers played to a 3-3 tie on Saturday at the Runestone Community Center. It was the first tie of the season for the Cardinals as they moved to 7-4-1.
The Cardinals had to rally from a 2-0 deficit after nine minutes had run off the clock. They did that with a goal from Melissa Drown at 12:45 in the first period and another from Sam Klimek at 4:50 in the third frame. Drown then gave her team a lead less than two minutes later with an unassisted goal.
It’s a lead that didn’t quite hold as Maddy Lehn of Rogers scored at 11:06 to tie things at three apiece. Neither team could find the back of the net in the extra session.
Amy Jost of Alexandria had a nice night in net to help her team to the tie. She turned aside 33 of the 36 shots she faced, while Rogers Michelle Klimstra had 23 saves.
West Central Area Tournament
The Alexandria wrestling team took second at the West Central Area Invite on Saturday with 162 team points. Dawson-Boyd-Lac qui Parle-Montevideo won the event with 245 team points. WCA-Ashby-Evansville finished third with 152 team points.
The Cardinals had one first, one second and four third-place finishes.
Ben Bogart had one of those third-place finishes at 106 pounds. He returned from an illness that sidelined him earlier in the week and won a tight 2-1 decision in the third-place match. Bogart also got a pin in 1:27 and had a 6-0 win earlier in the day.
Adam Johnson followed with a third-place finish himself at 120 pounds. He beat Keaton Long of WCA in an 11-6 match for third place. Johnson added a pin in 2:37 and a 3-0 win to get himself to that match.
Dylan Kriese had a second-place finish for Alexandria with a 3-1 record on the day at 126 pounds. He fell just short in the title match in a 6-3 decision against Jordan Bothun. Kriese had a pin in 5:57 followed by a 7-0 and 6-5 decision to get himself to the championship.
The title for the Cardinals came from Trent Piepenburg as he beat Ben Schindler of Fergus Falls 4-3 in the championship at 132 pounds. Piepenburg went 3-0 on the day with a pin in 1:10 and a 3-2 win in the semifinals.
Blake Olhausen helped his team out with a third-place finish and a 3-1 record. He beat Robert Mazariegos 8-6 in the third-place match at 138 pounds. Olhausen also had a 6-5 win and a quick pin in 47 seconds earlier in the day.
Jake Nienaber finished third as well for Alexandria at 160 pounds. He went 3-1 at the tournament, winning a couple by default after getting a pin in 1:09 to start his day.
Big Lake 79, Alexandria 67
The Alexandria boys’ basketball team dropped its second game in as many nights on Saturday as Big Lake came to town and handed the Cardinals a 79-67 defeat.
The Hornets moved to 6-1 with the win and dropped Alexandria to 3-2. Big Lake came into the game outscoring teams by 19.5 points per game this year and showed why with an offense that was clicking on all cylinders.
“They were talking really well and that got them a lot of easy looks,” Alexandria senior forward Chase Kohler said. “They set a lot of hard screens and we weren’t talking, which was another main reason. They hit their shots and we didn’t.”
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