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Redbird boys skate to fourth straight

The Cardinal boys have played inspired hockey as of late and that trend continued on Tuesday night as Alexandria won its fourth straight with a 2-1 victory in Willmar.

The Cardinal boys have played inspired hockey as of late and that trend continued on Tuesday night as Alexandria won its fourth straight with a 2-1 victory in Willmar.

Luke Markstrom gave the visiting Cardinals the lead in the first period, scoring off an assist from Justin Hochsprung and Thomas Williams. The 1-0 score would remain until Williams scored a goal of his own in the second period to give the Cardinals the insurance goal they would end up needing.

With a 2-0 lead in the third, Alexandria's defense and goaltender Matt Hemingway took over. The home Cardinals put consistent pressure on Alex in the final period, breaking through eight and a half minutes into the period to cut the lead in half.

They could add no more after that, though, as Alex limited the number of quality scoring chances for Willmar in the final minutes of the game. Hemingway was great in the final period, stopping 13 shots on his way to a 26-save night.

The win pushed Alexandria to 10-7-1 on the season and 8-5 in the Central Lakes Conference. They are currently in sole possession of fourth place in the CLC.

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SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST PERIOD - 4:05, Luke Markstrom (A) assisted by Justin Hochsprung, Thomas Williams

SECOND PERIOD - 11:50, Thomas Williams (A) assisted by Justin Hochsprung, Luke Markstrom

THIRD PERIOD - 8:27, Jay Bredberg (W) assisted by Matt Odom, Jordan Benson

GOALIE SAVES - Matt Hemmingway (A) 26 saves, 1 goal allowed; Ben Leitch (W) 15 saves, 2 goals allowed

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