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Alexandria’s Zach Johnson (left) presented a jersey to Adam (middle) and Leo Lommel before the game against St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday night at the RCC. The Lommels are the brothers of Alyssa Lommel, the University of Minnesota-Duluth student who was found outside in sub-zero temperatures the morning of December 7 in Duluth. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The hockey community came together this past Saturday in Alexandria to show their support for a hockey family before two undefeated teams gave fans plenty to cheer about in an overtime thriller at the Runestone Community Center.

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The Cardinal boys’ hockey team presented a jersey to two brothers whose family is going through trying times right now. Alyssa Lommel, a 2012 St. Cloud Cathedral graduate and a current student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, was still in critical condition early this week after being found outside in sub-zero temperatures in Duluth in the early morning on December 7.

Alyssa’s brother, Leo Lommel, is a junior on the 7-0 St. Cloud Cathedral boys’ hockey team. The woman who found Alyssa outside her home the morning of December 7 is Ellen Johnson, an Alexandria native. Her brother, Zach Johnson, is currently a junior for the Cardinal boys’ hockey team.

Before the game between Cathedral and Alexandria, Zach Johnson presented Leo Lommel and his older brother, Adam, a jersey for Alyssa to show their support.

The Alyssa Lommel Fund has also been set for those who want to donate. Donations can be sent to Bremer Bank, 1100 West St. Germain, P.O. Box 847, St. Cloud, MN 56302-0847 or by calling (320) 255-7164. The money raised will be used for medical and rehabilitation costs.

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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