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Sports roundup from Saturday, December 7

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BLIZZARD HOCKEY

Alexandria 7, Wisconsin 6 (Final/overtime)

The Alexandria Blizzard won a wild game in Wisconsin on Saturday night, using an Ian Ecklund goal just 52 seconds into overtime to come away with the 7-6 win.

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Scoring wasn't an issue in this game as both teams put up goals in bunches. Alexandria took a 2-0 lead on goals from Aammir Freese and Drake Hunter in the first period only to have Wisconsin answer with two of its own before the first intermission.

It was the exact same story in the second. Tom Schmidt and Hunter scored to make it a 4-2 game, but Jason Hoehn and Dan Addie of the Whalers evened things at four apiece heading into the third.

It was Wisconsin that grabbed the early lead once the two teams got there. Hoehn scored again less than two minutes in, but Bo Gronseth answered with a goal for the Blizzard at 13:26. Aaron Ryback then gave his team the lead late in the period but the Whalers forced overtime with an extra attacker, scoring with just three seconds left in regulation.

Ecklund finished with three points to lead the Blizzard. Schmidt, Gronseth, Mick Dhein and Ethan Luck each had two points apiece. Patrick Anderson got the win in net for Alexandria with 50 saves.

The Blizzard will now travel to North Iowa today to wrap up a three-game weekend against the Bulls.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Litchfield 48, Osakis 47

The Osakis girls’ basketball team waited too long to bring the kind of energy the Silverstreaks needed against a good team like Litchfield on Saturday afternoon.

Osakis found itself down by 12 with less than 10 minutes to go when the Silverstreaks responded with a 9-0 run. That got them back in it, but it still wasn’t quite enough as the Dragons handed them their first loss of the season in a 48-47 game. Ultimately, a stretch of about nine minutes where Osakis scored just two points to start the second half proved to be too much to overcome.

“The energy level wasn’t where it should have been,” head coach Pat Kalpin said. “I have no explanation for that other than it just wasn’t there. They certainly worked harder than us and it was easy to tell. That’s one thing we talked about at halftime. It’s a choice that you have. Either that team’s going to come in here and work harder than you or you try to work harder than them. Up until about seven minutes left, something got us going and made a difference, but it’s kind of a bummer because it’s something we talk about every single day.”

Click here for more reaction after the first loss of the season for Osakis.

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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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