Cardinals run recent hot stretch to third straight win

Josiah Gronholz had another big game offensively, and Teagan Pfeffer got the win in net as Alexandria boys hockey won a third straight on Tuesday.

Teagan Pfeffer

The Alexandria boys hockey team (7-5-1) continued to put a four-game losing streak from Feb. 4-18 in the rearview mirror by winning a third straight game on Tuesday in a 4-1 final at Monticello (6-6-1).

The Cardinals have outscored the Moose, St. Cloud Cathedral and Sartell-St. Stephen 14-4 over the last three games.

Junior Josiah Gronholz has been a big part of that offense , and he got Alexandria going against Monticello. He finished off a 2-on-2 rush by finding the inside corner of the net off an assist from Mason Loch in the first period. It was part of two goals for Gronholz as he scored on a late second-period power play, as well.

“Gronholz received a pass from defenseman Brennan Lattimer and beat a defender wide, sniping the top corner again,” head coach Josh Meyers said.

The line of Jack Breitzman, Jacob Partington and Peyton Doty teamed up to get the two goals in between. Breitzman scored to make it 2-0 off assists from Partington and Doty. It was 2-1 after Monticello’s Braden Bitz scored at 6:47 of the second period.


It was Doty’s turn to score next as he put the Cardinals up 3-1 a little more than 10 minutes into the middle period.

“Jacob Partington intercepted a pass in the offensive zone, passed it over to Jack Breitzman who hit Doty in the slot to beat Monticello’s goaltender (Nash Wilson),” Meyers said.

Alexandria outshot the Moose 35-13. Teagan Pfeffer turned aside 12 of those shots in goal for the Cardinals to secure the win.

Alexandria added a game at Class AA’s Rogers (9-4) this Thursday at 7 p.m. before returning home on Saturday to face Detroit Lakes (7-7) at the Runestone Community Center at 7:15 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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