The Alexandria girls hockey team has scored 17 goals in its first two games of the season – a mark that took them five games to hit last year.
The Cardinals dominated the Red Wing Wingers (0-4) 9-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Runestone Community Center. Five Alexandria players had multiple points in the win.
“It’s a win, and that’s good,” head coach Molly Arola said. “Coaches aren’t going to complain about putting pucks in the net. The shots were good tonight, but we want to take more quality shots. Again, it’s only game two, and it’s something we’ll work on.”
Kaci Trosvig’s two third-period goals completed her hat trick and four-point game. Marki Oberg had a goal and two assists.
The story of the day was about the newcomers. Three Cardinals scored their first varsity goals en route to a big win.
“It was really cool, but I can’t do it without my teammates,” Lauren Maras, who scored the first goal if her career in the second period, said.
Ella Westlund and Ella Johnson found the back of the net for the first time of the season. The balanced scoring attack has separated Alexandria from its counterparts in the early part of the season.
“It feels like we’re really clicking right now,” Maras said. “It’s good to build that chemistry early in the season, and it’s always fun to win games.”
Not only have the Cardinals outscored its first two opponents 17-1, but they’ve allowed just 15 shots on net. Starting the season on a high note was something Arola was looking for.
“Creating good chances and building that chemistry is one of the things we started working on in day one,” she said. “I actually thought we could’ve been better in that aspect tonight. It’s good to get a big win, but we still have to show up on Monday and get back to working on the things we need to be better at.”
Red Wing has been a historically great program in recent years. Since 2009, the Wingers have made the state tournament seven times, including five straight years from 2011-to-2015. However, they have taken a step back this year.
The Wingers had a difficult time filling lanes in their own zone. The Cardinals had countless scoring opportunities in the 59 shots they put on net.
Alexandria hits the road for its next three games. On Tuesday, they travel to St. Paul United (0-2) before heading up to Thief River Falls on Friday (1-1).
“We need to keep working hard in practice,” Maras said. “We have a lot of confidence, but we can’t let it get to us. We can’t take a day off.”
RED WING 0 0 0 - 0
ALEXANDRIA 4 2 3 - 9
SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Marki Oberg (Kaci Trosvig) 4:35; Alexandria- Makenna Aure (unassisted) 6:15; Alexandria- Trosvig (Anna Doherty) 7:46; Alexandria- Ella Westlund (Hanley Block) 10:42; SECOND PERIOD- Alexandria- Ella Johnson (Peyton Boesl) 12:43; Alexandria- Laren Maras (Block) 16:21; THIRD PERIOD- Alexandria- Trosvig (Maras, Oberg) 5:50; Alexandria- Trosvig (Oberg) 6:52; Alexandria- Mayson Toft (unassisted);
PENALTIES- Alexandria- 36 minutes on 3 infractions; Red Wing- 6 minutes on 3 infractions;
GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Hailee Bailey, W, 10 saves, 0 goals allowed; Red Wing- Hailey Ehlers, L, 50 saves, 9 goals allowed