The Sauk Rapids boys’ hockey team used a strong first period to create a lead it never relinquished in a 4-0 win over Alexandria last Thursday.
The Storm outshot the Cardinals 12-4 in the opening period. Luke Richardson and Matt Meyer connected on two of those attempts to give their team an early lead going into the first intermission.
Sauk Rapids added single goals in each period of the final two frames. Blake Phenow scored in the second before Zachary Heck was credited with a goal in the third after a shot from the blue line deflected off a Cardinal player and into the net. It was that kind of night for an Alexandria team that fell below the .500 mark at 10-11-2.
“Once we got past the first period, we played hard,” head coach Scott Woods said. “The breaks just didn’t go our way.”
Ben Allen took the loss in net for Alexandria. The junior stopped 15 of the 19 shots sent his way, while Sauk Rapids’ Erik Johnson got the win with 17 saves.
ALEXANDRIA 0 0 0 – 0
SAUK RAPIDS 2 1 1 – 4
SHOTS – Alexandria – 4, 5, 8 – 17; Sauk Rapids – 12, 4, 3 – 19
SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Sauk Rapids – Luke Richardson (Matt Meyer), 8:32; Sauk Rapids-Rice – Matt Meyer, unassisted, 10:38
SECOND PERIOD – Sauk Rapids – Blake Phenow (Tyler Long, Grant Chapa), 16:41
THIRD PERIOD – Sauk Rapids – Zachary Heck, unassisted, 5:08
GOALTENDING – Alexandria – Ben Allen – L, 15 saves, 19 shots; Sauk Rapids – Erik Johnson – W, 17 saves, 17 shots
FERGUS FALLS 0
The Alexandria boys’ hockey team welcomed in the second-place team in the Central Lakes Conference and took it to Fergus Falls in a 6-0 win on Saturday afternoon.
The Otters had beaten Alexandria 2-1 in overtime earlier this season, but had no answer for the Cardinals the second time around. Alexandria got goals from Charlie Wensman, Tom Schmidt and Garrett Skinner in the opening period and never looked back on its way to a big section win.
“[We] were looking at a possible four seed and now may end up being a two or three seed,” head coach Scott Woods said of the seeding implications this game might carry.
Five different players had multiple points for Alexandria. Wensman and Skinner both scored their second goals of the night in the middle period before Jack Wensman put the finishing touches on the win with a goal in the third. He added three assists to his totals, while Jordan Domine finished with three assists and Schmidt added a helper to give him two points on the night.
Ben Allen got the shutout with 23 saves. The Cardinals hope it was a momentum-building win with just one game left in the regular season. They welcome in River Lakes tomorrow night, Thursday.
FERGUS FALLS 0 0 0 – 0
ALEXANDRIA 3 2 1 – 6
SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Alexandria – Charlie Wensman (PP) (Jack Wensman, Jordan Domine), 4:42; Alexandria – Tom Schmidt (Jordan Domine, J. Wensman), 7:44; Alexandria – Garrett Skinner (J. Wensman), 10:03
SECOND PERIOD – Alexandria – Skinner (Kevin Finley), 13:12; Alexandria – C. Wensman (Bryce Miller), 16:14
THIRD PERIOD – Alexandria – J. Wensman (Jordan Domine, Tom Schmidt), 4:56
GOALTENDING – Fergus Falls – Korey Anderson – 17:00, 6 saves, 7 shots; Ian Bjorgum – L, 34:00, 21 saves, 26 shots; Alexandria – Ben Allen – W, 23 saves, 23 shots