Boys Hockey: Cardinals own the Storm, 12-2
The Alexandria boys hockey team is ranked eighth in the latest Let's Play Hockey polls that came out on Dec. 4, and the Cardinals played like a top-10 team in dominating Sauk-Rapids-Rice on Tuesday night.
After the Cardinals (2-0-1) went up 7-0 in the first period, it was clear that Alexandria was going to be hard to beat. The Storm (1-3) could never recover and the Cardinals took the game 12-2.
The last two first-period goals came off of short-handed plays by Ryker Treat and Jack Westlund just 30 seconds apart. Westlund finished with four points on a goal and three assists, as did Caleb Strong with that exact same line.
Andrew Revering was not far behind those two after scoring two goals and adding an assist. Jakob Stender (2 goals, 1 assist) had a three-point night and Treat, Derek Pesta, Hunter Croonquist and Shane Birkeland all chipped in two points.
All that scoring made things easier on Jackson Boline in goal. He got the win with 21 saves. The Cardinals outshot the Storm 48-23.
Alexandria will be back on home ice on Dec. 7 against River Lakes at 7:15 p.m.
CARDINALS - 7 4 1 - 12
SAUK RAPIDS-RICE - 0 2 0- 2
SHOTS - Alexandria - 20 14 14 - 48; Sauk Rapids-Rice - 4 16 3 - 23
Goaltenders - Alexandria - Jackson Boline - 21 saves, 2 shots allowed; Sauk Rapids-Rice - Garrett Meisinger - 23 saves, 5 goals allowed, 34:00 minutes; Jason Sjogren - 13 saves, 7 goals allowed, 17:00 minutes
FIRST PERIOD - Alexandria - JJ Foster (Zach Wosepka, Ryker Treat), 3:20; Alexandria - Jakob Stender (Hunter Croonquist), 4:53; Alexandria - Stender (Caleb Strong, Jack Westlund), 5:17; Alexandria - Shane Birkeland (Power play) (Derek Pesta, Matt Carlsen), 7:53; Jack Powell (power play) (Strong, Westlund), 12:00; Alexandria - Treat (short handed), 13:41; Alexandria - Westlund (short handed) (Strong, Joe Bigger), 14:18
SECOND PERIOD - Sauk Rapids-Rice - Morgan Barber (Connor Cariveau), 0:24; Alexandria - Andrew Revering (power play), 8:25; Sauk Rapids-Rice - Brady Pesta (power play) (Connor Cariveau, Ben Sikes), 13:40; Alexandria - Strong (Westlund, Stender), 14:13; Alexandria - Revering (power play) (Westlund), 15:49; Alexandria - Derek Pesta (Hunter Croonquist, Birkeland), 16:26
THIRD PERIOD - Alexandria - Derek Dropik, 15:00