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Blizzard break out of slump with 5-2 win in Marquette

For those who believed it might not happen again, this just in - the Alexandria Blizzard can win a hockey game. And in doing so, they proved they can score goals as well. Alexandria (23-25-5) busted out for five goals Saturday in Marquette, the m...

For those who believed it might not happen again, this just in - the Alexandria Blizzard can win a hockey game.

And in doing so, they proved they can score goals as well.

Alexandria (23-25-5) busted out for five goals Saturday in Marquette, the most it has scored since and eight-goal onslaught of Albert Lea Feb. 6.

More importantly, Ryan Leets returned to form with a 42-save performance - including 19 in the third period - in his teams 5-2 win.

Taylor Vichorek scored twice for the Blizzard, burying goals in both the second and third period, and Noah Nemgar finished off the scoring with a back-breaking, unassisted short-handed goal midway through the third to seal the win.

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Kyle Politz and Jake Vande Lune also scored, and Bryce Ravndalen assisted on a pair of first period goals for the Blizzard, which broke a 10-game losing streak with the win.

Friday, in the series opener, the Blizzard saw their losing streak reach double figures with a 5-2 loss.

Politz and Derek Kaiser accounted for Alexandria's goals, but a three-goal second period from Marquette turned out to be the difference for the Rangers.

"We met for an hour after the game," Alexandria head coach Brad Willner said.

"After a while, you get sick and tired of being sick and tired," he said.

Every player on the Alexandria team stayed in the locker room, and called out their teammates.

"Sometimes the truth hurts," Willner said. "But it's not like your teammates are going to lie to you.

"I told them to quit pointing fingers."

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Now, after spending each of the past three weekends on the road, Alexandria returns home for the first time in a month.

The Blizzard host North Iowa at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, before welcoming first place Bismarck to town at 5 p.m. Sunday.

From there, the team travels to Bismarck Thursday, March 26, before wrapping up the regular season at home against Albert Lea March 28.

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