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Nicole Bartels scored midway through the third period to give the Alexandria girls hockey team a 2-2 tie Thursday, but River Lakes scored an overtime goal to hand the Cardinals its first loss of the season.

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Alexandria struck first in the game when Hanah Hansen scored two minutes into the game, assisted by Rachel Drew. But River Lakes scored two goals in the first period from Sydney Caron and Sierra Flint to take a 2-1 lead.

After a scoreless second, Bartels’ unassisted goal in the third period tied the game. But Abby Mooney’s overtime goal gave River Lakes a conference victory over the Cardinals.

Alexandria goaltender Amy Jost was given the loss after making 21 saves on 24 shots.

Head coach Blair Hovel, who was coach of River Lakes before taking his current position at Alexandria, knew it was going to be a close game between two teams expected to finish towards the top of the Central Lakes Conference this season.

“I knew it was going to be tough,” he said. “Those girls in the River Lakes locker room were basically talking about this game ever since I decided to come up here and not be down there this year.”

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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