Granite City plays like top team in the West in win at Alexandria

Kaden Peterson had a 2-point night for Alexandria, but the Lumberjacks built a 7-0 lead through two periods to breeze to their 21st win in 22 games.

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Kaden Peterson

Week by week, the Granite City Lumberjacks are looking more and more like a threat to pull away with a West Division title in the NA3HL.

Granite City improved to 21-1 on Friday night with a 7-2 win over the Alexandria Blizzard (10-11, 20 points, 4th place West Division). The Lumberjacks have 42 points, while Mason City (15-6-1) is still hanging around in second place with 31 points and plenty of season left.

Granite City outshot Alexandria 37-21 on Friday. A five-goal second period opened the game up to 7-0 before the Blizzard got goals from Kaden Peterson and Tyler Kingbeil in the third period. Ryan Hadland, Sean Kenny, Justin Wasvick and Peterson all had assists for Alexandria.

Ben Anderson had two goals for Granite City. Depth took over after that as Brett Reed, Wyatt Halvorson, Nicholas Richert, Kullan Daikawa and Nick Mountain all had one goal apiece.

Matthew Smith got the win in net for the Lumberjacks with 19 saves. Bailey Rosch took the loss for Alexandria with 21 saves and 7 goals allowed, while Joey Greilich stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period.


The Blizzard are off the rest of the weekend before hosting New Ulm on Dec. 10 at 7:10 p.m. and then going to New Ulm on Dec. 11 for a 7:30 p.m. start time.

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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