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Hockey: Alexandria Blizzard split season-opening road trip

The Blizzard has one more road game ahead of the home opener at the RCC set for Oct. 15 against Willmar.

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Cole Klingbeil
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The Alexandria Blizzard NA3HL hockey team opened up its 2022-23 season with two road games on Sept. 23 and 24 as the Blizzard split with Granite City and the Minnesota Loons.

Both games finished with a 5-3 score as Alexandria beat the Loons on Saturday night after falling to the Lumberjacks in the opener on Friday.

The Blizzard used a string of three unanswered goals that spanned from late in the second period to early in the third to take command against Minnesota. Alexandria outshot the Loons 39-31 and had three third-period goals.

Caleb Moore, Karsten Senden, Ryan Hadland, Parker Anthony and Justin Wasvick all scored for the Blizzard, while Matt Scribner, Hadland and Antonio Gomez each had an assist. Cole Klingbeil had a helping hand in three goals with assists.

Goaltender Alex Lamont, a Minneapolis native, got the win in net with 28 saves on 31 shots.

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A perennially-strong Granite City program outshot Alexandria 39-34 and scored two third-period goals to secure the win on Friday. Coby Weber and Jacob McPartland got those goals in the final period to break open what was a 3-3 game after two periods.

Alexandria native Joe Gronholz had a two-goal night for the Blizzard, and Klingbeil added Alexandria’s other goal. Hadland had two assists, while Logan Lukaseczk and Wasvick each added one assist.

Lamont took the loss in net on Friday with 34 saves and 5 goals allowed. Ryan Wallin got the win for the Lumberjacks with 31 saves, while Weber had a two-goal night for Granite City.

Alexandria will go to Willmar to face the WarHawks on Oct. 1 at 7:10 p.m. The Blizzard’s home opener at the Runestone Community Center is set for Oct. 15 at 7:10 p.m. against Willmar.

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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