CLC title at risk for Alex skaters
The hope of winning a Central Lakes Conference title took a hit for the Alexandria boys’ hockey team on Monday night as the Cardinals dropped their second straight CLC game by falling 2-1 against St. Cloud Apollo.
The Eagles are the third-place team in the conference. They now have a 13-8 overall record and an 8-5 mark in the CLC.
Alexandria scored first when Parker Revering lit the lamp off an assist from Levi McFarlane in the first period. That’s how things went to the first intermission before the Eagles’ Paul Kenney scored at 1:17 to tie things up.
It was Kenney again in the third period who scored what turned out to be the game winner. That came at 9:49 in the final frame. Apollo’s Gino Lucia had assists on both of those goals.
It was an evenly matched game for much of the night as Alexandria outshot Apollo 25-21. Nick Althaus got the win in goal with 24 saves. Sam Goetsch fell to 11-5-3 after taking the loss. He stopped 19 shots and allowed both goals.
The loss dropped Alexandria to 12-5-3 overall. At 9-2-1 in the CLC, the Cardinals will need to win out in their four remaining conference games and get some help with Brainerd in first place after Monday night with an 8-1-1 league record.
Alexandria was scheduled to be at River Lakes last night, Thursday, before going to Little Falls on Saturday and St. Cloud Tech next Tuesday.
ST. CLOUD APOLLO 0 1 1 – 2
ALEXANDRIA 1 0 0 – 1
SHOTS – Apollo – 8, 6, 7 – 21; Alexandria – 10, 4, 11 – 25
SCORING – FIRST PERIOD – Alexandria – Revering (McFarlane), 7:00
SECOND PERIOD – Apollo – Kenney (Lucia), 1:17
THIRD PERIOD – Apollo – Kenney (Lucia), 9:49
GOALTENDING – Alexandria – Goetsch – L, 19 saves, 21 shots faced; Apollo – Althaus – W, 24 saves, 25 shots faced