Hockey: Blizzard take game one of west division finals over Granite City

A three-goal second period gave the Blizzard a 4-2 win in game one of the Fraser Cup west division finals, and are one win away from winning the best two-out-of-three series. The Blizzard host game two on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

Alexandria's Jack Whitmore lines up for a faceoff during a game against Granite City on Jan. 28, 2023. Whitmore had two of Alexandria's three goals in its 5-3 loss. Whitmore scored twice in Alexandria's 4-2 win in game one of the west division finals on March 17, 2023.
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SAUK RAPIDS - The Alexandria Blizzard made the most of their power play opportunities in game one of the NA3HL Fraser Cup Playoffs on Friday on the road against the Granite City Lumberjacks.

The Blizzard scored three power plays goals in what was a 4-2 win. Jack Whitemore scored the first power play goal at the end of the first period to tie the game at 1.

Jameson O’Flynn and Whitemore each had a power play goal midway through the second to give the Blizzard a 3-1 lead.

The Lumberjacks scored with under six minutes left, but a Sean Kenny insurance goal (short-handed) with less than two minutes left in the second period sealed the 4-2 win.

Shots on goal were even on Friday, as each team had 34. Konrad Kausch made 32 saves in the game and earned the win in net.


O’Flynn and Joe Gronholz had a team-high two assists in the win.

Alexandria hosts game two on Saturday at the Runestone Community Center at 7:10 p.m.

If the Blizzard win on Saturday, they’ll advance to the Fraser Cup Championship Tournament for the first time ever.

If the Lumberjacks win, they’ll force game three. Game three, if necessary, takes place on Sunday back in Sauk Rapids at 5 p.m.

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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