Hockey: Blizzard win games over Thanksgiving week
The Blizzard score 14 goals in two games combined to improve to 11-4-1 this season
The Alexandria Blizzard increased its winning streak to four games with a 9-2 win over the Willmar WarHawks on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and a 5-3 win over the New Ulm Steel on Saturday. Both wins came at home, but in different ways.
A hat trick by Sean Kenny, led the way for the Blizzard in the 9-2 win over the WarHawks (7-11). Jack Carter, Jayden Luck, Ethan Moerke and Caleb Moore had a goal in the win for the Blizzard (11-4-1), while Ryan Hadland had two goals.
Hadland had four assists in the win over the WarHawks, while Moore, Charlie Larsen and Joe Gronholz had two. Kenny, Bazl Cook, Cole Klingbeil, Justin Wasvick, Gavin Carlson, Karsten Senden, Matt Scribner and Ashton Collings also had one assist in the win.
Kyle Abrahamson earned the win in net for the Blizzard with 32 saves. The Blizzard finished with a 41-34 advantage in shots in on goal.
The Blizzard jumped on the WarHawks early in the game, as they led 4-0 after the first frame and 7-0 midway through the second frame.
After New Ulm (5-13-3) tied the game three with two goals less than 30 seconds into the final frame, Moerke scored an even-strength goal six minutes into the period. This was followed by a shorthanded goal by Justin Wasvick, which gave the Blizzard the 5-3 win.
Both teams had scored a goal in the first period of the game, but Alexandria had a 3-1 lead heading into the final frame thanks to two powerplay goals in the second.
Larsen and Hadland had the power play goals for the Blizzard, while Kenny scored the goal in the first frame.
Hadland, Gronholz and Kenny had two assists in the win, while Wyatt Johnson, Scribner, Collings and Moore had one.
Alex Lamont earned the win in net for the Blizzard with 26 saves. Alexandria finished with a 44-29 shot on goal advantage. The Blizzard are now 1-1 against the Steel this season. The Steel beat the Blizzard, 6-4, on Nov. 11.
Hadland leads the Blizzard in points with 26 (12 goals, 14 assists), Gronholz is second on the team with 22 (nine goals, 13 assists) and Klingbeil is third with 20 (12 goals and eight assists).
The Blizzard are currently second out of the six teams in the NA3HL Western Division with 23 points, while the Granite City Lumberjacks lead the division with 39 points (19-1-1).
Alexandria is now 6-1 at home this season, and has won their last four home games, including a 4-1 win over Granite City on Nov. 19.
The Blizzard hit the road for their next two games. They’ll travel to Sauk Rapids on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. to take on the Lumberjacks and then will travel to Breezy Point to take on the Loons once more on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m.
The Blizzard are 3-1 against the Loons and are 1-1 against the Lumberjacks so far this season. The Blizzard have a 7-3-1 record on the road this season.