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Blizzard hockey: Division-leading Lumberjacks survive a shootout in Alexandria

Jack Westlund

The Alexandria Blizzard and Granite City Lumberjacks have played some tight games over the years, and nothing changed on Friday night at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria.

It was 3-3 after regulation, and the two teams went scoreless in the overtime session. That brought them to a shootout, where Granite City came away with the 4-3 win.

The difference came when Grant Troumbly connected on a goal as the Blizzard’s Brandon Connett, Dylan Mattson and Caleb Strong were all stopped in their shootout attempts by the Lumberjacks’ David Mulligan. Mulligan stopped 28 shots to earn the win, while the Blizzard’s Ville Hyttinen took the shootout loss despite 34 saves.

Alexandria got off to a good start when Joe Dokken scored at 11:25 in the first for a 1-0 lead at the first intermission. He was assisted by Mattson and Connett. Zach Curry made it 2-0 off assists from Joe Dokken and Cole Lehmann on a power play midway through the second period, but the Lumberjacks responded with goals from Jordan Olson and Bailey Sommers less than 20 seconds apart.

Alexandria again grabbed a lead in the third when Alexandria senior Jack Westlund scored at 8:08 off assists from Connett and Riley Scanlon. A power play allowed the Lumberjacks to score the equalizer, though, as Troumbly made it 3-3 and forced the overtime with a goal at 16:23.

The win moved the Lumberjacks to a West-Division-best 12-1 with 24 points, while the Blizzard got a point and sit at 8-7-0-1 with 17 points.

These two teams will play again tonight, Saturday, at 7:30 when the Lumberjacks host Alexandria at the Armadillo Deck Sports Arena.

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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