Home opener for Blizzard hockey tonightAlexandria dropped a pair of contests last week
Blizzard home opener
Today, Friday, October 16, 7 p.m.
Runestone Community Center
A pair of losses, including one in overtime, dropped the Alexandria Blizzard’s early season record to 3-5.
Albert Lea 3,
It was a game that was well in hand for the Blizzard last Friday as they took on Albert Lea, holding a 2-0 lead early in the third period.
But the Thunder had a different ending in mind, scoring three goals in the final period to skate past Alexandria for the win.
Kyle Clay put the Blizzard on the board first, scoring at 18:54 of the second period, with Logan Romano adding goal No. 2 at 2:17 of period three.
Goals by Brian Nehring and Niko Kapetznovic tied the game before Danny Wood’s power play goal at 16:41 gave the Thunder the winning margin.
Chris Paliafito took the loss in goal for the Blizzard.
Alexandria 2 OT
Alexandria again had the lead heading into the third period against Owatonna Saturday night as Steve Zierke and Alex Altenbernd scored a goal apiece for a 2-1 lead.
Zierke scored on a power play in the first period with assists by Chris Franks and Tommy Westmark, then Alex Altenbernd gave the Blizzard their first lead in the second period at 19:59 on assists by Westmark and Brett Wall.
Three power plays gave the Express the win. Jake Suter scored at 8:481 of the first period, Brian McGinty scored at 16:50 of the third period and Cory Thorson snatched away the win from Alexandria at 4:42 of overtime.
Chris Kamal took the loss in goal, despite stopping 26 shots.
Next up for the Blizzard is their home opener tonight, Friday, when Albert Lea comes to town for a 7 p.m. game at the Runestone Community Center. Alexandria will then host Owatonna Saturday night at 7 p.m.
The Blizzard also have an exhibition game tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, when the USA Olympic women’s hockey team comes to town.
ALEXANDRIA 0 1 1 2
ALBERT LEA 0 0 3 3
ALEX – Kyle Clay (Dylan Wizner, Brett Wall) 18:54.
ALEX – Logan Romano (Jordan Gidaro, Billy Miller) 2:17; AL – Brian Nehring (Zach Lewis, Matt Johnson) 5:46; AL – Niko Kapetanovic (Alex Niestrom, Nathan Paulson) 12:39; AL – Danny Wood pp (Brian Nehring, Matt Johnson)16:41.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Alexandria 6-15-18-39, Albert Lea 9-7-11-27.
GOALIE SAVES – Chris Paliafito, Alex, 24; Joe Rogers, AL, 37.
PENALTY TOTALS – Alexandria 6 minutes on 3 infractions, Albert Lea 8 minutes on 4 infractions.
1ST STAR – Joe Rogers, AL. 2ND STAR – Danny Wood, AL. THIRD STAR – Brian Nehring, AL.
ALEXANDRIA 1 1 0 0 2
OWATONNA 1 0 1 1 3
OWA – Jake Suter pp (Nick Carson) 8:41; ALEX – Steve Zierke pp (Chris Franks, Tommy Westmark) 13:58.
ALEX – Alex Altenbernd (Tommy Westmark, Brett Wall) 19:59.
OWA – Brian McGinty pp (Nick Widing, Jacob Sloat) 16:50.
OWA – Cory Thorson pp (Zach Vierling, Marian Fiala) 4:42.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Alexandria 11-9-3-3-26, Owatonna 12-6-9-2-29.
GOALIE SAVES – Chris Kamal, Alex, 26; Mike Shibrowski, Owa, 24.
PENALY TOTALS – Alexandria 18 minutes on 9 infractions, Owatonna 12 minutes on 6 infractions.
1ST STAR – Cory Thorson, Owa. 2ND STAR – Brian McGinty, Owa. 3RD STAR – Jake Suter, Owa.