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Hockey: Blizzard take care of Willmar ahead of the NA3HL Showcase

The Alexandria Blizzard earned a big road win over the Willmar WarHawks on Wednesday to move to 14-5-1 this season.

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Justin Wasvick of the Alexandria Blizzard skates forward into the Granite City zone during Alexandria's 4-1 win on Nov. 19, 2022. Wasvick scored once in the Blizzard's 7-3 win over the Willmar WarHawks on Dec. 14,2022.
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The Alexandria Blizzard controlled on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Willmar Civic Center Arena against the Willmar WarHawks 7-3 and came out strong from the start.

Goals by Ryan Haldand and Ethan Moerke put the Blizzard up 2-0 in the first three and a half minutes of play. The WarHawks scored once, but goals by Moerke and Justin Wasvick put the Blizzard up 4-1 after the first frame.

Willmar (10-14) scored a goal to cut its deficit to one after the first minute of the second frame. Alexandria rattled off three straight goals in a minute and a half (14:33 remaining in the second frame to 13:10) to go up 7-2. Sean Kenny scored a power play goal, while Matt McIntyre and Wyatt Johnson scored even-strength goals.

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Ethan Moerke

Willmar scored once at the end of the frame to cut its deficit to four goals.

The WarHawks kept the Blizzard without a shot on goal in the first 10 minutes of the final frame. Neither team scored in the final frame and the Blizzard held on to win 7-3.

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The Blizzard are now 4-1 so far this season against the WarHawks.

Joe Gronholz, Aiden Prochaska, Jayden Luck and Logan Lukasezck had an assist in Wednesday’s win.

Kyle Abrahamson earned the win in net for the Blizzard as he made 26 saves. The Blizzard finished with a 33-29 shot on goal advantage in Wednesday’s win.

With the win, the Blizzard (14-5-1) jumped into second place in the NA3HL Western division ahead of the Mason City Toros (13-11-1).

The Blizzard will play in Blaine at the NA3HL Showcase from Dec. 18-20. The Blizzard will face the Texas Brahmas (17-6-1) on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5:45 p.m., the Norwich Sea Captains (14-6-4) at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19 and then the defending Fraser Cup champions, the Rochester Grizzlies (19-6-1) at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The Blizzard went 3-0 at the 2021 NA3HL Showcase.

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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