Alexandria Blizzard’s magic runs out in game three, North Iowa advances to West Division championship

Despite stealing game one on the road, the Blizzard dropped games two and three against North Iowa and saw its season come to an end.

Colin Tushie (left) Atticus Kelly (middle) and Andrew Revering wait for a shot on a second-period penalty kill during the Blizzard's game-two loss to North Iowa at the Runestone Community Center on Apr. 3, 2021. (Jared Rubado / Echo Press)

After Friday night’s game-one overtime win, it looked like the Blizzard were on the fast track to upsetting top-seeded North Iowa. But the Bulls proved why they were the best club in the West Division by winning two division games to end Alexandria’s season.

North Iowa forward Jac Triemert scored a pair of goals to lift the Bulls over the Blizzard 3-1. Caleb Strong was the lone goal-scorer to tie the game early in the second period with assists from Nikolai Rajala and Sean Kenny. However, North Iowa’s Garrett Freeman regained the one-goal lead before Triemert’s second of the game late in the period.

Atticus Kelly had an impactful game in goal for the Blizzard. He made 40 saves in the loss while his counterpart, Carsen Stokes, stopped 24 shots for North Iowa.

ALEXANDRIA 0 1 0 - 1

NORTH IOWA 1 2 0 - 3


SCORING-FIRST PERIOD- North Iowa- Jac Triemert (Brayden Uttech, Brendan Sloth) 5:37; SECOND PERIOD- Alexandria- Caleb Strong Nikolai Rajala, Sean Kenny) 7:12; North Iowa- Max Savaloja (Garrett Freeman, Triemert) 7:12; North Iowa- Triemert (Sloth, Hutson Collins) 18:22; PENALTIES- Alexandria- 6 minutes on 3 infractions; North Iowa- 4 minutes on 2 infractions; GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Atticus Kelly, L, 40 saves, 3 goals allowed; North Iowa- Carsen Stokes, W, 24 saves, 1 goal allowed

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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