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Sports roundup from Friday, January 3


North Iowa 8, Alexandria 2

The North Iowa Bulls blew things open in the second period on Friday night on their way to an 8-2 win over Alexandria on their home ice.

The Blizzard was trailing just 2-1 after the first frame when North Iowa added five goals in the second to take a 7-2 lead. Ian Ecklund scored just 4:06 into the game to give Alexandria a 1-0 lead. He added another goal on a power play in the second, but it was three power play goals for the Bulls that helped them blow the game open.

Brandon Anderson had two goals to lead the scoring for North Iowa. Matt Kroska added a goal and two assists and Richie Marenis had a goal and three assists. The Bulls continue to solidify themselves as one of the best teams in the NA3HL as they improved to 27-2 on the season and knocked Alexandria to 18-11.


Brainerd 63, Alexandria 47

Alexandria was unable to keep the Brainerd offense off the scoreboard Friday in a 63-47 home loss.

Brainerd's Nick Schwen led the scoring for the Warriors with 23, and Isiah Smith also finished with 12 points. John Vogeler led Alexandria with 11 points.

Head coach Forrest Witt said he felt Friday the Cardinals were too often outworked on the defensive side of the floor.

"I didn't think our defensive execution was real good," he said. "We got out-rebounded, which is just a hustle thing."

The Cardinals also struggled scoring the ball, particularly in the first half when they only finished with 19 points. Witt hopes to see the Cardinals attack the basket more in their upcoming games.

"I think offensively again we continued to struggle shooting the basketball," Witt said. "We didn't attack as well as I think we could have, and should have, in order to get to the basket."

The loss dropped the Cardinals to 4-5 this season. Brainerd upped its record to 5-5.

Minnewaska 59, St. John’s Prep 47

The Minnewaska boys ran their record to 4-6 overall with a 59-47 win over St. John’s Prep on Friday night.

Austin Ostrander had 16 points and six rebounds to lead the Lakers. Riley Thompson added 13 points and five rebounds, while Austin VerSteeg finished with 11 points.


Alexandria 67, Brainerd 60

The Alexandria girls closed out Brainerd down the stretch on Friday night as the Cardinals snapped a two-game losing streak to move to 5-2 on the season and to 3-0 in the Central Lakes Conference.

Amanda Christianson had 10 of her 16 points in the second half. Brooke Heggie added 14 points. Kendall Kohler had 12, Sarah Bruzek eight and Karly Betterman six on a night when eight different players scored for Alexandria.

The Cardinals needed that against a Brainerd team (1-7, 1-3 CLC) that wouldn’t go away. The Warriors tied the game at 49 apiece in the second half. Alexandria responded with a 7-0 run that helped the Cardinals gain a lead that they didn’t relinquish.

Jenna Degen had 18 points to lead Brainerd, while Maria West finished with 15.

Minnewaska 50, Paynesville Area 45

The Minnewaska girls moved to 4-5 overall with a 50-45 win over Paynesville Area on Friday night.


Alexandria 3, Prairie Centre Area 2

The Cardinal boys’ hockey team improved to 9-3 on the season with a 3-2 win at Prairie Centre Area on Friday night.

The Cardinals scored the first three goals and held on from there as Prairie Centre got goals from Cody Steward and Zack Pierskalla to make it a close game down the stretch. Brady Bast got the scoring going for Alexandria in the first off an assist from Kevin Finley.

Alec Wosepka got in on the scoring in the second to give Alexandria a 2-0 lead off an assist from Parker  Revering. Chris Leary then made it 3-0 off an assist from Toby Helgeson later in the second frame.

That was enough for Sam Goetsch to earn another win in net for the Cardinals. He finished with 26 saves as Alexandria outshot Prairie Centre 38-28.

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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