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Cards skate past Sartell

The Alexandria boys’ hockey team continued its hot start to the season by downing Sartell-St. Stephen 4-2 on Friday night.

The Cardinals scored in every period, including twice in the third to secure a win in a game that was tied at the first two intermissions. Ryan Marciniak had a big night with two goals. The first came 3:45 into the game to give his team an early lead and the second came at 6:43 in the third period for what turned out to be the game winner.

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Zach Johnson added to the lead with a goal that put the finishing touches on the win. Levi McFarlane also scored for Alexandria in the second period.

The Sabres wouldn’t go away in this one. They tied things up 11 minutes into the game on a goal from Spencer Zwiener. McFarlane’s goal gave Alexandria the lead in the second, but Austin Gohl answered for Sartell about nine minutes later as the two teams went to the third all even before the Cardinals finished strong down the stretch.

Sam Goetsch had another nice night in net for the Cardinals. He got the win with 23 saves and just the two goals allowed.

The victory moved Alexandria to 3-0 on the season. The Cardinals have three games this week. They were set to welcome in Fergus Falls last night, Tuesday, before going to Willmar on Thursday and returning home to face St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.


ALEXANDRIA 1 1 2 – 4

SARTELL 1 1 0 – 2

SHOTS – Alexandria – 7, 18, 8 – 33; Sartell – 10, 6, 9 – 25

SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Alexandria – Marciniak (Alec Wosepka, Christian Canavati), 3:45; Sartell – Zwiener (Matthew Moran, Colin Johnson), 11:00

SECOND PERIOD – Alexandria – McFarlane (Brady Bast), 3:53; Sartell – Gohl (Zwiener), 13:03

THIRD PERIOD – Alexandria – Marciniak (unassisted), 6:43; Alexandria – Johnson (Bast), 12:47

GOALTENDING – Alexandria – Goetsch – W, 23 saves, 25 shots faced; Sartell – Elliott Brookins – L, 29 saves, 33 shots faced

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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