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Blizzard hockey: Alexandria splits two games with Willmar

The Alexandria Blizzard split two games with the Willmar Warhawks this week after Willmar defended its home ice with a 6-2 win on Saturday night.

The Blizzard won leading up to Thanksgiving in a 5-3 final on Wednesday.

Willmar got its revenge by putting up two goals in each period on Saturday. Zach Martin led the way with two goals, while Brandon Holt, Jacob Berkowitz, Sam Voss and Max Oelkers each scored, as well. That was plenty of offense for Drake Voell, who turned aside 29 shots in goal to get the win.

Alexandria rallied after a 2-0 deficit through one period to tie the game at two apiece. Matt Dahlseide scored 10:45 into the second period off a Logan Nelson assist, and Brenden Payne added the equalizer off an Alec Skar assist four minutes later.

The Warhawks finished things off from there by scoring four unanswered goals. Two of those came late in the second period before they put the game away in the third.

Brady Meyers took the loss in net for Alexandria after allowing five goals on 25 shots faced. Kyle Hayden stopped five of the six shots he faced in 8 minutes, 41 seconds of work.

Wednesday’s game played out much like Saturday’s in the first period as Willmar stormed out to a 3-0 lead. Alexandria got one back in the second period on a Payne shorthanded goal.

The Blizzard then erupted for four goals in the third period. Payne added his second of the night, while Josiah Roen had two goals in the third. Nelson added the other in the comeback win.

Jake Levinski got the win for Alexandria with 32 saves and three goals allowed. Luke Fry took the loss for Willmar despite 39 saves. He allowed four goals, with Roen’s final goal of the third period coming on an empty net in the closing seconds.

The split between the two teams moved Alexandria to 8-10 with 16 points and Willmar to 11-8-1 with 23 points in the West Division.

The Blizzard are on the road next on Dec. 1 and 2 with 7 p.m. games against the La Crosse Freeze.

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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