The Alexandria girls hockey team continues to prove itself against Section 8-2A teams as the Cardinals improved to 4-1-1 against section foes with a 4-1 win at Buffalo on Saturday night.
Alexandria dominated possession of the puck, outshooting the Bison (4-8) 47-17.
“We had three different goal scorers, five different playmakers, and all four goals had two assists,” head coach Molly Arola said.
Senior forward Marki Oberg led the way with two goals. She got the game winner that made it 2-1 early in the second period off of assists from Ella Westlund and Hanley Block. That trio connected again to make it 3-1 with Oberg’s score off of Westlund and Block assists.
Lauren Rebrovich started the scoring for Alexandria with her first-ever varsity goal in the opening period. Reise Waldorf and Ella Johnston assisted on that one, and Block put the finishing touches on the win in the third period when she scored on a redirect from Waldorf and MaKenna Aure.
The four goals were plenty for junior goalie Hailee Bailey. She got the win with 16 saves and just the one goal allowed.
The Cardinals (6-4-1) will play their fourth straight road game on Tuesday night when they play at River Lakes against the 8-2-1 Stars. River Lakes won the first of this season series with a 3-2 overtime victory at Alexandria on Jan. 26.
Boys break slump at Cathedral
The Alexandria boys hockey team had lost four straight going into a section matchup at St. Cloud Cathedral on Saturday afternoon, and the Cardinals controlled the game from start to finish to get a 5-1 win.
Alexandria (5-5-1) outshot the Crusaders (4-7) 30-27 and made good on its opportunities, starting with a goal from sophomore Henry Ramstorf just 1:48 into the first period.
“Henry’s goal was his first career high school goal and couldn’t come at a better time,” head coach Josh Meyers said. “Peyton Doty assisted on the goal.”
The Cardinals methodically pulled away from there. Senior Grant Rebrovich scored later in the opening frame when Tyler Kludt sent a pass to Brennan Lattimer, who took a shot before Rebrovich was there to bang in the rebound.
Cathedral scored the only goal of the second period on a Jacob Hirschfeld score, but Alexandria owned the third. Josiah Gronholz scored less than a minute into the final frame. It was part of an impactful period for the junior forward.
“Gronholz received a long pass from sophomore Tripp Shatek, beat a defender 1-on-1 and deked St. Cloud’s goaltender (Grant Martin) to put the Cardinals back up by two,” Meyers said. “Gronholz would continue to help extend the lead with similar assists to Tripp Shatek for the fourth goal and Brycen Berg for the fifth goal. Gronholz won an offensive-zone faceoff on both goals and passed it to each Tripp and Brycen backdoor for a nice tap in.”
The five goals were the most Alexandria has scored since an 8-0 win over Willmar on Feb. 2. Senior Christopher Loken got the win in net for the Cardinals by stopping 26 of 27 shots.
The win improved Alexandria to 3-1-1 against Section 6A teams this season with another section game up next. The Cardinals welcome in Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday night at 7:15.