Boys Hockey: Cardinals defeat Trojans 3-2
The Alexandria boys hockey team took down the Wayzata Trojans 3-2 Friday night and secured one of the best wins of the season. The Cardinals were tasked with beating one of the top 2A teams on the second night of a back-to-back. Wayzata outshot the Cardinals 36-14.
“Both teams played really well,” head coach Ian Resch said. “A lot of emotion and a lot of intensity. That’s the kind of hockey we have to play to win the section and get to the state tournament.”
The Cardinals got the first goal of the game late in the first period from one of their leaders, senior forward Jack Westlund. The goal came 12 seconds after Wayzata committed a roughing penalty.
Wayzata’s Nick Gardner would tie the game 10 minutes into the second period on a screened shot. One of the only shots senior goaltender Bailey Rosch wasn’t able to get a piece of.
Just 42 second later, senior forward Ben Doherty buried the misplayed puck off the stick of Wayzata goaltender Trevor Wong. Three minutes later, senior forward Alex Jost gave the Cardinals a two-goal lead with assists from freshman Josiah Gronholz and senior Zach Wosepka. Alexandria took the 3-1 lead into the locker room.
Wayzata came out for the third period buzzing. Their chances were getting better and they were putting more pressure on Rosch to keep the game tight. Their efforts paid off when Ben Luedtke tapped in the bouncing puck in the midst of traffic in front of the net.
Alexandria’s Joe Westlund got tied up with a Trojan at center ice and committed a holding penalty. After killing the penalty, the Cardinal’s iced the puck down the ice and gave the Trojans a chance to pull their goalie, making it four straight minutes being a man short.
“Coaching is a game of chess,” Resch said. “I didn’t want to take a timeout and give their first line rest. They were counting on us to take it. I was counting on them to take it. It’s a lot easier to defend than it is to score, so I told them to play inside out and protect the puck.”
Not taking the time out turned out out to be the right decision. Rosch made his final saves of the night and the Cardinals took home the 3-2 win.
“I thought for the most part, we put together three whole periods,” senior forward Ben Jenson said. “This season, we’ve had a tough time getting two periods like that, so it’s always nice to get a game like this.”
Rosch had another impressive night, stopping 34 of 36 shots.
“He’s a senior that’s playing with poise right now,” Resch said. “He keeps his emotions in check. He doesn’t get too excited and he doesn’t get down when he lets up a goal. He’s our best player and he’s giving us a chance to win hockey games.”
The boys that play in front of him are well aware of how well he’s playing.
“It’s amazing,” Jenson said. “It’s good to know you can trust the guy behind you.”
With the win, the Cardinals are now 10-4. Alexandria’s next game will be at home on Jan. 10 against conference rival Willmar (2-6-2).
WAYZATA 0 1 1 - 2
ALEXANDRIA 1 2 0 - 3
SCORING-FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Jack Westlund (Caleb Strong) power play, 15:56;
SECOND PERIOD- Wayzata- Nick Gardner (Hayden Davidson, Tommy Bergsland) 10:24; Alexandria- Ben Doherty (Jack Westlund), Alexandria- Alex Jost- (Josiah Gronholtz, Zach Wosepka) 14:46
THIRD PERIOD- Wayzata- Ben Luedtke (Jack Seamans, Tommy Bergsland) 8:12
PENALTIES- Wayzata- 6 minutes on 3 infractions; Alexandria- 8 minutes on 4 infractions
GOALTENDING- Wayzata- Trevor Wong, L, 11 save, 3 goals allowed; Alexandria- Bailey Rosch, W, 34 saves, 2 goals allowed.