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Hockey: North Iowa Bulls snap Blizzard winning streak

Brenden Payne takes a shot on goal when the North Iowa Bulls came to Alexandria. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)1 / 4
Colin Cain had 23 saves in the net for North Iowa when the Bulls came to Alexandria on Jan. 6. The Bulls beat the Blizzard, 8-1. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)2 / 4
Josiah Roen is escorted off the ice after a fight broke out when the North Iowa Bulls played the Blizzard. The Bulls won, 8-1. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)3 / 4
Brady Meyers scrambles to block a shot from the North Iowa Bulls on Jan. 6. Meyers had 38 saves on the night. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)4 / 4

The Alexandria Blizzard had a perfect December, winning 10 straight games before the top team in the league came to town. The Blizzard extended its winning streak by one, beating the North Iowa Bulls on Friday night, 4-3. Saturday night was a different story.

“They wanted to come out a lot harder because we beat them,” Brett Meister said. “They don’t lose a lot. They wanted some revenge on us and I guess they got it.”

Just 20 seconds into the first period, the Bulls hit the net. The goals kept rolling for North Iowa, ending the first period 5-0.

“There was nothing smooth about the first period,” assistant coach Jon Crouse said. “Things were just choppy and we were turning it over. We just took care of the puck better last night.”

The Bulls delivered a near shutout. Logan Nelson capitalized on a power play opportunity and got the Blizzard on the board with less than two minutes left in the game. Meister and Alec Skar had the assists.

“They just moved the puck around us,” Nelson said. “We didn’t play good team defense. Obviously, the score didn’t end up going the way we wanted.”

The Bulls out shot the Blizzard 46-24. North Iowa scored twice off of eight power play opportunities.

Brady Meyers took the loss in the net with 38 saves on the night. Colin Cain had 23 saves for the Bulls.

“Sometimes we get a little over zealous, focusing on the hits instead of taking care of the puck,” Crouse said. “The guys were a little fired up. We just have to regroup and get back to what we normally do.”

The Blizzard is home for the next two games. The Willmar Warhawks come to town on Jan. 13 and New Ulm Steel comes on Jan. 19. Both games are set for 7:10 p.m.

NORTH IOWA - 5 1 2 - 8ALEXANDRIA - 0 0 1 - 1SHOTS - North Iowa - 16 13 17 - 46; Alexandria - 8 9 7 - 24; Power Plays - North Iowa - 2 of 8; Alexandria - 1 or 4SCORING SUMMARY FIRST PERIOD - NIO - Tyler Bump (Cameron Fagerlee, Dayton Honkanen), 0:21; NIO - Connor Clemons (Fargerlee, Bump), 4:36; Josh Arnold (David Dolter, Dayton Honkanen), 6:11; NIO - Dolter (Arnold, Jason Miner), 10:17; NIO - Bump (Fargerlee), 12:27SECOND PERIOD - NIO - Bump, (Matt Dahlseide, Fagerlee) (Power play), 0:35THIRD PERIOD - NIO - Clemons (Bump, Fargerlee), 4:27; NIO - Brendan Studioso (Jake Joyaux, Dan Sandvig) (Power play), 6:29; Alexandria - Logan Nelson (Brett Meister, Alec Skar) (Power play), 18:05
Goaltending - NIO - Colin Cain - 23 saves, 1 goal allowed; Alexandria - 38 saves, 8 goals allowed
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