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Alexandria Blizzard jump on Loons early in 13-0 win

A five-goal first period helped the Alexandria Blizzard cruise to a win over the Minnesota Loons in a West Division matchup on Wednesday night.

Benjamin Tschida hockey
Alexandria Blizzard forward Benjamin Tschida falls to his knees as he tries to get a shot off against the Minnesota Loons on Jan. 19, 2022. Tschida had a goal and three assists in helping the Blizzard to a 13-0 win over the Loons.<br/>
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria Blizzard breezed past the bottom team in the West Division on Wednesday night in a 13-0 win over the Minnesota Loons (5-28, 10 points).

It was a 5-0 game after the first period as Alexandria outshot Minnesota 22-8 in the opening frame. After just one goal in the second, the Blizzard blew the game wide open with a 7-goal third period.

Sean Kenny hockey
Alexandria forward Sean Kenny looks for an open teammate from behind the net against the Minnesota Loons on Jan. 19, 2022. Kenny had two goals and an assist to help Alexandria to the 13-0 win.<br/>
By Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

Cole Klingbeil had three goals and two assists in the game. Sean Kenny and Justin Wasvick finished with two goals apiece, while Alex Heidenreich, Colby Nickel, Benjamin Tschida, Kyle Mischke, Wyatt Johnson, and Zachary DeMarce had single goals.

Kaden Peterson, Erick Sanborn, Ryan Hadland, Heidenreich (4), Nickel, Tschida (3), Tyler Klingbeil (4), DeMarce (2), Brady Goff, Wasvick (2), and Kenny added assists, as well.

Joey Greilich got the shutout in goal with 22 saves as the Blizzard outshot the Loons 60-22.

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Alexandria Blizzard forward Ryan Hadland tries to get his stick on a loose puck against the Minnesota Loons on Jan. 19, 2022.<br/>
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

Alexandria (16-14-1, 33 points) inched a little bit closer to third-place Willmar (19-12-1, 39 points) in the division standings. The Blizzard are comfortably in fourth place with New Ulm (10-22) in fifth with 20 points.

Alexandria will play at New Ulm on Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Blizzard’s next home game is scheduled for Jan. 29 against first-place Granite City (31-1, 62 points) at 7:10 p.m.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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