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Card skaters kick off winter season

The high school winter season kicks off on Friday night at the Runestone Community Center as the Alexandria girls’ hockey team opens the season at 7 p.m. against Albert Lea.

The Cardinals are trying to make it back to the state tournament this season under the guidance of new head coach Blair Hovel. Hovel is replacing former head coach Andy Shriver after Shriver stepped away to take a position with the youth hockey program in Alexandria earlier this year.

See Friday’s Echo Press for a story on Hovel taking over the Alexandria program and what his expectations are for his first team as the Cardinals try to make strides on a 19-8-2 season from last winter.