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Boys hockey: Strong’s hat trick leads a host of players with big nights for Alexandria

Caleb Strong

The Alexandria boys hockey team has taken care of business against teams it should beat on paper this season.

The Cardinals (11-4) did it again on Thursday as they coasted past Willmar (2-8-3) in an 11-1 game. Alexandria outshot Willmar 21-4 in the first period and 63-10 for the game. The home Cardinals were 2-for-2 on the power play and stayed out of the penalty box themselves, commiting just two minors and killing both of those Willmar power plays.

Junior forward Caleb Strong led the charge offensively with a five-point night. He tallied the hat trick with three goals and added a couple helpers.

Stong’s linemates, seniors Ben Doherty and Jack Westlund, were equally as dominant. Doherty had a six-point night with one goal and five assists and Westlund put in two goals and added three assists.

Seven different guys scored goals in all for Alexandria. Joseph Bigger, Joe Westlund and Matthew Carlsen each scored once, while Alex Jost found the back of the net twice.

Andrew Revering (2), Josiah Gronholz (2), Ben Jenson, Zach Wosepka and Jacob Partington each added assists.

That dominant offensive effort made life easier for junior Landyn James in net. He got the win by stopping nine of the 10 shots he faced.

Alexandria has a week off now between games. The Cardinals will go to Sauk Rapids-Rice on Jan. 17 before heading to Mankato to play Mankato West on Jan. 18.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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