The Alexandria Blizzard NA3HL hockey team was part of the statewide pause in sports, and the team hasn’t played a game since Nov. 14. That will change this weekend when Alexandria returns to the ice for three games.

The Blizzard will be on the road on Friday, Jan. 15, at Willmar before returning home to the Runestone Community Center for two games on Saturday and Sunday with start times of 7:10 p.m. each night.

Doors open for those home games at 6:15 p.m. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time by fans online at tickets.alexandriablizzard.com, and there is a maximum of 150 fans allowed in the RCC due to the pandemic. That is down from the 250-person limit from before the statewide pause in youth and adult sports.

Blizzard business manager Mark Thompson said temperature checks will be taken at the door. Masks and face shields must be worn in the RCC and social distancing will be enforced.

Fans who are not able to attend the games can purchase access to watch home and away games through Hockeytv.com.

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The matchup against North Iowa puts the Blizzard up against the best team in the West Division so far through an uneven schedule.

The Bulls are 11-3 and lead the West standings with 22 points, well in front of second-place Granite City (6-1) with 12 points. Alexandria is in third place with 11 points and a 5-5-1-0 record.

Alexandria native Caleb Strong leads the Blizzard in scoring with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists).