The Alexandria girls hockey team ran into a good Rogers program at the Runestone Community Center on Tuesday night as the Royals won 3-1 to improve to 5-1 on the season.

MaKenna Aure scored the Cardinals’ goal in the third period to make it a 2-1 game. Lauren Maras assisted on the play, but Rogers’ McKenna Sandberg answered right back almost a minute later with a goal off an assist from Leah Hatcher. Ava Johnson had two goals for the Royals to help secure the win.

Rogers outshot Alexandria 42-25 as Jordan O’Kane stopped 39 shots for the Cardinals. Alexa Backmann got the win for Rogers with 24 saves.

Alexandria (1-4) is back at home on Thursday night with a 7:15 p.m. game against Sartell-Sauk Rapids-Rice (0-4).

Early deficit sinks Alex boys at Sartell

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The Alexandria boys hockey team went on the road to open up its season against a former section rival and fell 3-2 at Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday.

The Sabres, now playing at the Class AA level out of Section 8, scored the first three goals in the opening couple periods. Tommy Franke made it 1-0 in the first before Tory Lund scored back-to-back within a seven-minute stretch in the second period to make it 3-0.

“I was very disappointed with how we played the first half of the game,” Alexandria head coach Josh Meyers said. “We sat back and waited for Sartell to determine how the game was going to go instead of taking control into our own hands. Didn’t see us coming out flat for the first game of the season.”

Josiah Gronholz
Josiah Gronholz

Alexandria tried to rally in the third. Brycen Berg scored off assists from Josiah Gronholz and Jack Lamski less than five minutes into the period before Gronholz scored a goal of his own off assists from Berg and Tyler Kludt at 16:27.

That’s as close as the Cardinals could get as Sartell goalie Noah Hacker stood tall the rest of the way with 19 total saves in the win. Senior Teagan Pfeffer started in net for Alexandria. He had 14 saves and the three goals allowed.

“I thought for the second half, we played more like we can and took it to them pretty good,” Meyers said. “Overall conclusion is you can’t dig yourself a hole in high school hockey. Giving a team a 3-goal lead is a big deficit to overcome no matter who you are playing. The good news is that this was our first game and there is only one direction to go from here. We learn from it, change a few things and keep working to get better.”

The Cardinals will go on the road to play River Lakes on Thursday.