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Cards open season with 7-1 win over Little Falls

The Alexandria boys’ hockey team opened the season by rolling to a 7-1 home victory over Little Falls on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals dominated play in the home opener, outshooting Little Falls 42-5. Defenseman Aaron Steidl scored at 9:51 in the first period to open the scoring for the Cardinals. Although they outshot Little Falls 18-1 in the first, they only managed the early 1-0 lead.

That changed in the second period as Alexandria scored five goals to take a commanding lead. Alec Wosepka, Chris Leary, Noah Hittle, Brady Bast and Ryan Marciniak all scored in the period to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead.

Lukas Bigger scored a third period goal for Alexandria, and a late goal by Little Falls’ Austin Fenske made the final score 7-1.

After the game, Steidl said he was happy to give the Cardinals the first lead of the season.

“It feels good,” he said. “I’m not normally a points scorer on the team, I’m more of an enforcer. It feels good though.”

The win also gave head coach Ian Resch his first career victory with the Cardinals. He said the Cardinals were ready to play against a team that beat them three times last year, including in the Section 6A tournament.

“Little Falls has dominated us for many years, so it wasn’t real hard to get the guys ready to go tonight,” Resch said. “We came out flying and things worked out our way.”

The Cardinals will open up conference play in their next game on Tuesday, December 3 against Brainerd/Pillager/Pierz at the Runestone Community Center.

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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