Hockey: Alexandria sweeps Breezy Point
The Alexandria Blizzard took the second game of the home-and-home from the Breezy Point North Stars (8-21-2-1) to give them a weekend sweep. The Blizzard won 4-1 on the road Friday night and 6-0 at home on Saturday.
The theme of the game was the penalties from both teams. Each team committed 16 infractions for a combined 155 minutes in the box.
“The big thing is we have to be smart,” head coach Jeff Crouse said. “They’re obviously trying to get stuff going after the whistle so we need to be smart. I don’t want anybody getting suspended or anybody getting hurt.”
The Blizzard battled through some of the chippiness that the North Stars threw their way.
“Our coaches have us pretty disciplined,” defenseman Cole Lehmann said. “We are naturally focused and we know that the game is not over until the buzzer goes off.”
By the time the buzzer sounded, the Blizzard had put six goals on the board. Six different players found the back of the net. Lehmann had a three-point night with three assists. Dylan Giorgio also had a three-point game with a goal and two assists.
“I knew it was going to be a battle,” Crouse said. “We matched their intensity and their physical play.”
One note to make of this weekend was the play that Alexandria got out of its goaltenders. One night after Ville Hyttinen stopped 11 out of 12 shots, Kyle Hayden shut out the North Stars with 21 saves of his own.
“It’s huge to get this around this time of year,” Lehmann said. “Both of our goalies are playing well and it brings the whole team together.”
Crouse doesn’t have a definitive starting goaltender, but he says it’s a good problem to have.
“It’s all about confidence,” Crouse said. “They both played very well. Ville played well last night and Kyle looked confident tonight. He made some big saves. It’s a good feeling going into next weekend.”
The Blizzard have a two home games next weekend with the division-leading North Iowa Bulls (23-7-0-0). Crouse knows the importance of these games in the back half of the season.
“I think we need to play physical against them,” Crouse said. “They don’t like that style of play. I’m glad the games were like that this weekend because it gets us battle tested for how we need to play against them.”
The Blizzardwill be back at the Runestone Community Center this Friday.
BREEZY POINT 0 0 0 - 0
ALEXANDRIA 1 3 2 - 6
SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Dylan Giorgio (Meister, Lehmann) power play, 8:27
SECOND PERIOD- Alexandria- Ike Taraszewski (Giorgio, Connor Busse) 6:21; Alexandria- Carter Rieland (Brandon Connett, Lehmann) 7:26; Alexandria- Val Popowski (Sam Prisbe, Dylan Mattson) power play, 11:25
THIRD PERIOD- Alexandria- Tucker Kruse (Giorgio, Tanner Frerichs) power play, 2:16; Alexandria- Frerichs (Lehmann, Mattson) power play, 11:25
PENALTIES- Breezy Point- 87 minutes on 16 infractions; Alexandria- 69 minutes on 16 infractions
GOALTENDING- Breezy Point- Jacob MacLennan, L, 29 saves, 6 goals allowed; Alexandria- Kyle Hayen, W, 21 saves, 0 goals allowed