Hockey: Alexandria Blizzard lock up playoff spot
The Alexandria Blizzard went 1-1 over the weekend and clinched a berth in the 2023 Fraser Cup playoffs.
The Alexandria Blizzard has officially locked a playoff spot for the 2023 Fraser Cup playoffs and had a large 9-1 win over the Willmar WarHawks on Friday at home.
A pair of Jack Whitemore goals got the Blizzard’s offensive attack going in the first period. Whitemore completed the hat trick with a late second period goal. Tyler Klingbeil, Matt McIntyre, Wyatt Johnson, Jackson Miller, Justin Wasvick, and Jayden Luck had goals in the win for the Blizzard.
Ryan Hadland had four assists in the win, while Johnson, Luck, Ashton Collings, Miller, Aidan Prochaska, Parker Anthony, McIntyre, Logan Lukasezck, Whitemore, Wasvick, and Cole Klingbeil had assists in the win.
Alex Lamont earned the win in net for the Blizzard with 24 saves. Alexandria had a 49-25 shot on goal advantage in the win.
The Blizzard attempted to build on its win on Saturday against the Minnesota Loons on the road and were well on their way to doing so as they led 2-0 after the first frame thanks to goals by Johnson and Cole Klingbeil (both power play).
The Loons (11-26-2) scored once in the second period and, with power plays in the third period, earned the 3-2 win over the Blizzard.
Alexandria finished with a 36-30 shot on goal edge. Whitemore, Hadland, and Karsten Senden had assists in the win.
Four of the six teams from the NA3HL Western division get a playoff spot and Alexandria joins the Granite City Lumberjacks as the two teams that locked up a playoff spot.
Granite City is 32-3-1 so far this season (65 points) and leads the division, while Alexandria is second in the division with a 25-10-2 record (52 points).
The Mason City Toros are third in the division with a 22-14-1 record (45 points).
Alexandria is on road for its next regular season games at 7:10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday on the road against the Wausau Cyclones (13-22-4).
The Blizzard beat the Cyclones 4-0 on Dec. 9, 2022, and 7-3 on Dec. 10, 2022, at home.