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Blizzard hockey: Alexandria still without Miller in net

The Blizzard will likely head into the playoffs without the services of starting goaltender Kyle Miller, who has been out with a groin injury since last starting in a 3-1 loss to Granite City on February 9.

Miller has started 21 games for Alexandria during the course of the regular season. He posted a 14-7 record during that time with a goals against average of 2.19 and a save percentage of .914.

Head coach Jeff Crouse said Miller was told he would be out 6-8 weeks in early February. It is getting to be right around that time when he might be able to give it a go, but Crouse isn't expecting that heading into Granite City tonight.

"His status is pretty much unknown going into the playoffs," he said. "I'm going in thinking I'm not going to have him back, which is a huge loss. He was a big part of our team."

Crouse said he is confident with the guys he has filling in, though. Grand Rapids native Dom DeGuisseppi will be his primary starter in net after joining the team for his first start against Twin City on February 15.

DeGuisseppi has gone 4-3 in seven games since then, posting a 2.68 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Included in that are wins over West Division winner North Iowa on February 22 and defending champion Granite City on March 1. Sam Goetsch will back him up in net as the Blizzard gets set to take on the Lumberjacks in the best-of-five series starting tonight.

"Dom has come in and played well," Crouse said. "He stepped up and won some hockey games, beating Granite City and North Iowa, so he has some confidence there. Sam has played well, too. They're battling and they both compete well. I feel pretty good with where we're at with my goaltending."

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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