Hockey: Blizzard fall to Granite City, split series with Mason City

The Blizzard are now set to face the Mason City Toros in the playoffs.

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Ryan Hadland

The Alexandria Blizzard ended the season with a 3-0 loss at home to the Granite City Lumberjacks at home and split a series with the Mason City Toros in what is a preview of the team’s opening round Fraser Cup Playoffs matchup.

Granite City (39-6-2), who is the top seed in the Western Division, had two goals over the Blizzard in the first period and one in the second to secure the win on Friday. Granite City had a 33-28 shot on goal edge in the win.

Following Friday’s loss, Alexandria lost 5-4 in overtime to Mason City on Saturday but then beat Mason City 4-0 on Sunday.

The Blizzard led 4-3 in the final minutes of Saturday’s game, but a power play goal by Colten Gerken with 33 seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime.

Dylan Dickson scored the game-winning goal for the Toros two minutes into the overtime period.


Joe Gronholz, Hayden DeMars, Jameson O’Flynn, and Calvin Knight scored for the Blizzard.

Alexandria had a 40-30 shot on goal advantage in the loss.

In Sunday’s win, Alexandria scored twice in the first period, one by Jack Whitemore and the other by Michael DeBrito. Alexandria iced the game with goals by Ryan Hadland in the second and Justin Wasvick in the third period.

Kyle Abrahamson earned the win in net for the Blizzard with 25 saves. Alexandria had a 33-25 shot on goal edge in the win.

Alexandria is the No. 2 seed (32-12-3) in the Western Division playoffs, behind Granite City, while Mason City is the No. 3 seed (30-16-1).

Alexandria hosts game one of the playoff series against Mason City on Friday at 7:10 p.m. Game two is in Mason City on Saturday at 3:10 p.m. and game three, if necessary, is back in Alexandria at 6:10 p.m. on Sunday.

The winner of the series plays either the top seed Granite City or the No. 4 seed, the Willmar WarHawks (20-25-2), in the next round of the playoffs.

Alexandria went 5-5 against Mason City in the regular season.


Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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