The Alexandria boys hockey team had a second straight game on the road to start its season, and the Cardinals bounced back from a loss at Sartell by beating River Lakes 4-1 Thursday.

Alexandria (1-1) outshot the Stars (0-2) 33-14 as Gabe Evink stopped 13 shots and allowed just a Joel Sowada goal late in the third period.

It was a 4-0 game at that point after Mason Stennes, Brycen Berg and Josiah Gronholz all scored in the first period. Berg added his second goal of the night -- both coming on the power play -- in the second frame to give Alexandria all the cushion it needed.

Berg had a 3-point night after also assisting on Gronholz’s goal. Gronholz and Pieter Mulder each added two assists, and Tripp Shatek, Jack Breitzman and Leo Kompelien added an assist.

Alex girls roll

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The Alexandria girls (2-4) made easy work of Sartell-Sauk Rapids on Thursday as the Cardinals erupted offensively in an 8-0 win.

Alexandria outshot the Storm ‘N’ Sabres 42-12, scoring two in each of the first two periods before blowing the game open with a 4-goal third period. Kaci Trosvig, MaKenna Aure and Hanley Block all had two goals, while Peyton Boesl and Cadence Ellingson added a goal apiece. Kennedy Ellingson had two assists, and Riley Nyberg, Lauren Maras (2), Sophia Korynta, Aure and Block all added assists, as well.

MaKenna Aure
MaKenna Aure

All that offense made for a comfortable night in net for senior Hailee Bailey. She stopped all 12 shots she faced to earn the win.

The Cardinals host another Section 8-2A game on Saturday when Buffalo-Maple Lake (1-5) comes to the Runestone Community Center for a 1 p.m. game.

Blizzard edge Willmar

The Alexandria Blizzard got a big win in the middle of the week in the West Division as they edged Willmar 4-3 on Wednesday night on the road.

These two teams are fighting for the third spot in the division right now with Willmar sitting at 10-10-1 with 21 points, and the Blizzard having 20 points and a 10-10 record.

Matt McIntyre
Matt McIntyre

The WarHawks outshot Alexandria 42-27, but Matt McIntyre scored the game winner at 17:38 of the third off an assist from Logan Lukasezck. That broke the 3-3 tie after Willmar’s Tyler Misialek scored less than three minutes into the third period to even the game.

Blaze Braswell got the Blizzard off to a good start with two goals in the first period. Tyler Klingbeil also scored for Alexandria, while Ethan Moerke, Alex Heidenreich, Logan Lukasezck, Justin Wasvick and Cole Klingbeil had assists.

Bailey Rosch got the win in net for the Blizzard with 39 saves and the three goals allowed. Willmar’s Will Pinney took the loss after 23 saves and four goals allowed.

Alexandria is back at home tonight, Friday, with a 7:10 start against Granite City. The Lumberjacks are 20-1 and have 40 points atop the West Division standings.