The Alexandria boys hockey team wrapped up its regular season with a 17-8 overall record and 10-3 mark in the Central Lakes Conference after winning a 5-3 game at Sartell on Tuesday.
Josiah Gronholz got the Cardinals going with a goal 15 minutes into the game off of assists from Joe Westlund and Caleb Strong. It took just 44 seconds for the Sabres to tie it up on a Tory Lund goal.
Alexandria opened things up in the second period with three goals to grab a lead that it never gave back. Westlund started the scoring at 2:54, and Grant Rebrovich and Strong followed suit to make it 4-1 Cardinals after two.
Strong then put the game away with a goal just 22 seconds into the third. Lund got his second goal of the night for Sartell and William Vogt scored at 8:14, but it was too little, too late. Westlund had a four-point night as he added three assists to his goal, while Strong also put up four points with two assists to his two goals.
Christopher Loken got the win in net with 17 saves, and Quentin Sigurdson took the loss for the Sabres after saving 22 shots and allowing five goals.
Alexandria will now look ahead to the Section 6A playoffs and the tournament opener for the Cardinals on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Runestone Community Center at 7 p.m.. Alexandria is likely to be the No. 2 seed in the section behind top-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral when the section bracket is officially announced on Wednesday.
ALEXANDRIA 1 3 1 - 5
SARTELL 1 0 2 - 3
SHOTS - Alexandria - 12, 10, 5 - 27; Sartell - 5, 4, 11 - 20
SCORING - FIRST PERIOD - Alexandria - Josiah Gronholz (Joe Westlund, Caleb Strong), 15:41; Sartell - Tory Lund (Ryan Zulkosky), 16:35
SECOND PERIOD - Alexandria - Joe Westlund (Caleb Strong), 2:54; Alexandria - Grant Rebrovich (Joe Bigger), 8:28; Alexandria - Caleb Strong (Derek Pesta), 9:58
THIRD PERIOD - Alexandria - Caleb Strong (Andrew Revering, Joe Westlund), 0:22; Sartell - Tory Lund (William Vogt), 1:25; Sartell - William Vogt (Tory Lund), 8:14
GOALTENDING - Alexandria - Christopher Loken - W, 17 saves, 3 goals allowed; Sartell - Quentin Sigurdson - L, 22 saves, 5 goals allowed