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Alexandria girls jump on Willmar early in 5-0 shutout

Sophomore Sophia Korynta scored her first varsity goal in the opening minute of the game on Thursday, and Alexandria never wavered from there in beating Willmar.

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Sophia Korynta Photo by Mark Ripley / Select Digital Memories

The Alexandria girls hockey team got the start it wanted in beating Willmar 5-0 on Thursday night.

The Cardinals got a goal from Sophia Korynta on the very first shift in what was the sophomore’s first varsity goal. That set the tone as Hanley Block added a goal before the first intermission to make it 2-0.

Alexandria kept applying pressure all night as the Cardinals outshot Willmar 40-14, including 16-3 in the third period. Block added her second goal of the night over the final two periods, and Ella Westlund scored two more to help Alexandria cruise to the win.

Hailee Bailey got the shutout win in net with 14 saves. Cadence Ellingson, Westlund, Kylie Lattimer and MaKenna Aure all had assists.

Alexandria improved to 3-4-1 with the win and 2-1 in the Central Lakes Conference.

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The Cardinals are at River Lakes on Dec. 16 at 7:15 p.m.

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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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