Card girls' hockey: Senior night brings successAlexandria avenged an earlier loss by topping the Spuds 6-3
The Cardinals celebrated senior night in a big way, upending Moorhead 6-3 and avenging an earlier loss to the Spuds.
“The seniors led a Cardinal show to remember, weaving the values of individual performance, senior leadership and a complete team effort into what may be our best game of the year so far,” said head coach Andy Shriver, also noting that the squad finally reached the .500 mark for the first time since the season began.
“The seniors were all over the score sheet, with Steph Drown putting up 32 saves against the Spud team that defeated us 6-2 earlier in the season.”
Alia Kopischke slapped home two of those goals, once on an assist from Rachael Finley, while another senior, Brooke Aaberg, picked up an assist on a goal by classmate Quinn Kragenbring.
“Senior Heather Hvezda scored a power-play goal with an amazing heads up slapshot,” said Shriver. “In short, after we celebrated the careers of our seniors with pregame ceremonies, they treated the hometown fans to one of the best team efforts yet.
“And the best part about the whole thing,” he added, “was that as they led with skill, work and character, the rest of the team was right there with them, performing and enjoying the benefits as a team.”
Alexandria opened tournament play last night, Tuesday, when the Cardinals hosted the winner of the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek and Pequot Lakes matchup.
If they won that game, the Cards play Friday night on a neutral site.
MOORHEAD 0 1 2 — 3
ALEXANDRIA 2 3 1 — 6
ALEX – Melissa Drown (unassisted), ALEX – Alia Kopischke (Rachael Finley).
ALEX – Quinn Kragenbring (Brooke Aaberg), ALEX – Heather Hvezda, pp (unassisted), MHD – 5:00, ALEX – Kopischke (Shaneé Herd, Becca Illies).
MHD – pp goal, MHD – 12:30, ALEX – Illies (Shelby Iverson, Madi Houska) 0:11.
SHOTS ON GOAL – Alexandria 13-11-7—31, Moorhead 13-8-14—35.