Card girls' hockey: Hot shooting on the ice
The Cardinal girls are giving opposing goalies fits these days, dominating shots on goal by a wide margin. In fact, in Alexandria's most recent victory - a 4-2 win over the Morris/Benson Area Storm Tuesday night - the Redbirds outshot their oppon...
The Cardinal girls are giving opposing goalies fits these days, dominating shots on goal by a wide margin.
In fact, in Alexandria's most recent victory - a 4-2 win over the Morris/Benson Area Storm Tuesday night - the Redbirds outshot their opponents 57-14.
But it doesn't always work out that way as, despite outshooting Central Lakes Conference opponent Fergus Falls 35-16 Monday night, Alexandria dropped a 4-2 decision.
The split in the most recent two contests have left Class A's No. 8 ranked Cardinals with a 5-2-1 overall record.
Alexandria is now slated to travel to Brainerd to face the Brainerd-Little Falls squad at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, then host No. 13 ranked Orono next Saturday, December 18, at 7 p.m. They were to have hosted Willlmar last night, Thursday, at the Runestone Community Center.
Fergus Falls 4, Alexandria 2
Alexandria couldn't rebound from an early goal by the Otters Monday night, falling 4-2 despite outshooting their opponents by more than double.
"It turned out to be a rough night for the Cardinals," said head coach Mitch Loch. "The Cardinals fell behind early. The loss moves [the team] to 2-1 in the CLC."
Alia Kopischke and Quinn Kragenbring picked up goals for the Cards, while Claire Illies, Shanee Herd and Becca Illies each had one assist.
Lindsey Lien made 12 saves in goal for Alexandria.
Alexandria 4, MBA 2
Alexandria rebounded from their Monday night loss to pick up a non-conference win over Morris/Benson Area by the same scores on Tuesday night in the friendly confines of the Runestone Community Center.
Alexandria left no doubt as to whose arena it was as the Storm was held back to protect its goal for most of the contest as the Cards peppered the net with 57 shots.
Despite holding a 21-6 first period shooting advantage, Alexandria trailed 1-0 as the Storm's Abby Daly scored the lone goal of the period on an assist by Sarah Rajewsky.
The Redbirds wasted no time evening the game as they scored just 19 seconds into the second period on a goal by Claire Illies, who was assisted by Alia Kopischke.
Shelby Iverson and Kalley Kragenbring each added a goal late in that period to give Alexandria a 3-1 advantage.
Dani Schultz scored an unassisted short-handed goal midway through the third period to bring the Storm within one, but K. Kragenbring shut the door on the win as she scored the final goal unassisted at 11:37 during a power play.
Stephanie Drown turned away all but two of the 14 shots sent her way for the Cardinals, while Brooke Falk made 53 saves as she stood in goal for the Storm.
ALEXANDRIA 0 1 1 -- 2
FERGUS FALLS 1 2 1 -- 4
FF - May Swiontek (Lauren Norgren).
FF - Stephanie Kolstad (Megan Odland), ALEX - Alia Kopischke, FF - Hailey Johnson, pp.
ALEX - Quinn Kragenbring, FF - Norgren (unassisted).
SHOTS ON GOAL - Fergus Falls 16, Alexandria 35.
GOALIE SAVES - Karlee Were, FF, 33; Lindsey Lien, Alex, 12.
ALEXANDRIA 4, MBA STORM 2
MBA STORM 1 0 1 -- 2
ALEXANDRIA 0 3 1 -- 4
MBA - Abby Daly (Sara Rajewsky) 1:59.
ALEX - Claire Illies (Alia Kopischke) 0:19, ALEX - Shelby Iverson, pp (Kalley Kragenbring) 11:30, ALEX - K. Kragenbring, pp (Iverson, Kopischke) 15:10.
MBA - Dani Schultz, sh (unassisted) 9:31, ALEX - K. Kragenbring, pp (unassisted) 11:39.
GOALIE SAVES - Brooke Falk, MBA, 53; Stephanie Drown, Alex, 12.