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Girls' hockey: Cards make comeback

The Alexandria girls' hockey team bounced back from its first loss of the season last Friday night to take a 2-1 game against Chaska-Chanhassen this past Saturday.

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Lori Mork, Echo Press Alexandria's Alia Kopischke (13) scored Alexandria's only goal in the Cardinals' 4-1 loss to Mound-Westonka Friday night. Alexandria will now take on Rocori-River Lakes tomorrow, Thursday, at the Runestone Community Center at 7 p.m.

The Alexandria girls' hockey team bounced back from its first loss of the season last Friday night to take a 2-1 game against Chaska-Chanhassen this past Saturday.

The Cardinals fell 4-1 against Mound-Westonka to start the weekend. Less than 24 hours later they put that loss behind them as Kalley Kragenbring secured her team's fourth win of the season with an overtime goal against the Hawks.

It was a defensive battle for most of the night on Saturday as neither team could find the net through the first two periods. Alexandria's Shelby Iverson broke that scoreless tie almost 10 minutes into the third when she scored off a pass from Quinn Kragenbring.

That lead did not last long as Kaitlin Storo evened things up near the 14-minute mark. The 1-1 game held until overtime when Kalley Kragenbring sent the Cardinals home winners six minutes and 47 seconds into the extra session.

The game against Mound-Westonka matched two teams ranked in the top 10 of the Class A polls against each other on Friday. The White Hawks came into the game ranked fourth, with their only loss coming to second-ranked Breck in overtime.

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They played like a top-five team against sixth-ranked Alexandria. Mound-Westonka came out firing in the first, outshooting the Cardinals 17-2 on their way to a 2-0 lead after one.

Alexandria was able to calm things down in the second. The Cardinals outshot the White Hawks 10-7 in the middle frame but were unable to cut into the lead.

Mound-Westonka made that hurt in the third by adding two goals to make it a 4-0 game. The first came on a power play by Taylor Kuehl before Kia Johnson added the final goal for her team with a little more than three minutes left in the game. Alexandria's Alia Kopischke got her team on the board off an assist from Rachael Finley in the 14th minute. It was too little, too late, though, as the White Hawks hung on for the win on their home ice.

The split over the weekend moved the Cardinals to 4-1-1. They returned home last night, Tuesday, for the first of three straight games at the Runestone Community Center. Alexandria will welcome River Lakes to town tomorrow night before Morris-Benson Area comes to Alexandria in a rematch of last year's Section 6A title game.

GAME STATISTICS

ALEXANDRIA 0 0 1 1 - 2

CHASKA-CHANHASSEN 0 0 1 0 - 1

SCORING SUMMARY - FIRST PERIOD - No scoring

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SECOND PERIOD - No scoring

THIRD PERIOD - Alexandria - Shelby Iverson (Quinn Kragenbring), 9:45; Chaska-Chanhassen - Kaitlin Storo (Jenna Wormuth, Casey Lindquist), 13:55

OVERTIME - Alexandria - Kalley Kragenbring (Shelby Iverson), 6:47

GOALTENDING - Alexandria - Lindsey Lien - W, 34 saves, 35 shots faced

ALEXANDRIA 0 0 1 - 1

MOUND-WESTONKA 2 0 2 - 4

SHOTS ON GOAL - Alexandria - 2 10 11 - 23; Mound-Westonka - 17 7 9 - 33

SCORING SUMMARY - FIRST PERIOD - Mound-Westonka - Emily Halvarson (KC Jones), 5:30; Mound-Westonka - Grace Holmen (Kia Johnson, Taylor Kuehl), 11:54

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SECOND PERIOD - No scoring

THIRD PERIOD - Mound-Westonka - Taylor Kuehl (PPG) (Jessica Nkhata, Nina Chase), 6:59; Mound-Westonka - Kia Johnson (Taylor Kuehl), 13:42; Alexandria - Alia Kopischke (Rachael Finley), 14:43

GOALTENDING - Stephanie Drown - 29 saves, 33 shots faced

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