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Blizzard hockey: Bulls snap Blizzard's win streak

The winning streak for the Alexandria Blizzard hockey team ended at four games as one of the best teams in the NA3HL swept the Blizzard this past weekend.

North Iowa (12-0-1-1), co-leaders of the Central Division with the La Crosse Freeze with 26 points, is the only team in the league that has not lost a game in regulation yet this year. The Bulls handed Alexandria a 6-1 loss in Iowa on Nov. 4 after beating the Blizzard 6-2 a day earlier.

Alexandria outshot the Bulls 40-39 on Saturday, but North Iowa found the net. They scored twice in every period as six different players scored. Matt Dahlseide had the Blizzard's only goal early in the third period off assists from Alec Skar and Brenden Payne.

Brady Meyers took the loss that night with 33 saves and the six goals allowed, while Colin Cain got the win for North Iowa with 39 saves.

Friday's game featured a similar story with the Bulls jumping out to a commanding lead. It was 6-0 before Alexandria's Jack Westlund scored at 11:21 of the third period off assists from Jack Mellstrom and Josiah Roen. Roen then added his own goal off assists from Logan Nelson and Marshall Tschida at 14:29.

The Blizzard were right there in shots with North Iowa again as the Bulls held a slim advantage of 33-30. Meyers took the loss in 28:08 in net after allowing four goals on 19 shots faced. Kyle Hayden allowed two goals on 14 shots faced, while Cain got another win with 28 saves.

The two losses dropped the Blizzard to 6-7 on the season with 12 points. That's good for a fourth-place tie right now with New Ulm.

The Blizzard host a mid-week game on Wednesday night at 7:10 when division-leading Granite City comes to the Runestone Community Center.

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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