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Blizzard hockey team comes up empty again

It would be called an improvement, if not for a second straight weekend of offensive ineptitude from the Alexandria Blizzard. So it goes for the Blizzard, which has won once in its last 11 games, and after suffering back-to-back losses in North I...

It would be called an improvement, if not for a second straight weekend of offensive ineptitude from the Alexandria Blizzard.

So it goes for the Blizzard, which has won once in its last 11 games, and after suffering back-to-back losses in North Iowa last weekend, has dropped nine straight.

This past weekend, like it was a week ago in Springfield, Alexandria's primary culprit was its offense.

The Blizzard produced only three goals in the two games, and watched as their one-time league leading power play went 0-for-10 on the weekend and fell to ninth in the league at 16.92 percent.

"Special teams are huge," said head coach/general manager Brad Willner, whose team lost to the Outlaws 5-2 Friday and then 4-1 Saturday.

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"They scored power play goals both games, we didn't get one either night. Five-on-five we were pretty good, we just couldn't capitalize on the power play."

Friday, North Iowa scored its first two goals with the extra man. Travis Peckskamp connected on the power play late in the first to give the Outlaws a 1-0 lead, and then after Joe Knoepke evened the score 35 seconds into the second period, Jack Paul gave North Iowa the lead right back with a power play goal at the 3:28 mark of the second.

The dagger followed shortly after, as Ryan Peltoma and Peckskamp pumped in two more for North Iowa before the second period was eight minutes old.

"You give up one, fine, let's regroup," Willner said. "You can't give up another one. Those just kill you."

Saturday night, North Iowa struck first again, this time on a 5-on-3 goal from Jon Crouse. Early in the second, Dan Durham pushed the Outlaw lead to 2-0. Anton Norman answered for the Blizzard with a shot through a screen shortly after, but Peltoma would restore North Iowa's two-goal lead before the second was up, and then Durham scored into an empty net with 50 seconds left in the third to close out the scoring.

"It would have been nice to get a win, but I was proud of their effort," Willner said. "Sometimes you don't get rewarded for the work you put in, and I really felt that was the case Saturday."

The chances were there as well, Willner added, but in the midst of what has turned into a miserable late season fall, the hands are starting to grip the stick a little too tight.

"We get so many point-blank chances and we just can't score," Willner said. "They are so worried about scoring - they know they have to burry their chances - they are going through performance anxiety. I still think we can be better defensively. We make our one or two mistakes, and they capitalize. But the difference is the other team is making the same mistakes, and we are not scoring."

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