Girls Hockey: Roseau makes the saves needed to defeat Alexandria in the Section 8AA semifinals
Alexandria put a lot of pressure on the Roseau defense as it had the shot on goal edge, but Roseau's defense did what it needed to in its Section 8AA semifinal win over Alexandria on Saturday.
Trailing 3-0 midway through the third period of its Section 8AA semifinal game against the No. 2 seed, the Roseau Rams, the Alexandria girls hockey team aimed to score in a flurry as it did in its 6-3 win over the St. Cloud Crush in the quarterfinals.
The Cardinals cut into the Rams' lead with a goal by Morgan Aure with 9:12 left in the frame, but that was the Rams allowed as they held on to win 3-1 to end the Cardinals' season and advance to the Section 8AA Championship on Wednesday.
Roseau (17-10) plays the top-seed Moorhead (19-8) in the section championship in Thief River Falls on Wednesday.
Alexandria and Roseau faced each other twice in the regular season. Roseau beat Alexandria 3-1 in Alexandria on Nov. 18, 2022, and 3-2 in overtime in Roseau on Jan. 5, 2023.
Kennedy Ellingson had the assist on Aure's goal.
Alexandria created some really good scoring chances early but was just slightly off on their shot attempts.
The game was scoreless for most of the first frame, but a Jasmine Hovda goal with 5.1 seconds left in the first frame gave Roseau the 1-0 lead after one period of play.
After Alexandria nearly scored a shorthanded goal, Roseau scored on the other end as its lead increased to 2-0 with a Peyton Remick goal midway through the second period.
Sam Peterson increased the Rams' lead to 3-0 with a power play goal with 6:45 left in the second period.
The Cardinals were able to put pressure on the net throughout Saturday's game which helped create Aure's goal.
The Cardinals finished a 31-23 shot on goal advantage in Saturday's game.
Alexandria had a successful 2022-23 season. Alexandria once again earned finished the season with 14 wins.
Alexandria (14-12-1) went 10-1-1 in conference games and won the Central Lakes Conference title.
According to mngirlshockeyhub.com, Lauren Maras, who is committed to play college hockey at Franklin Pierce starting next season, finished as Alexandria's highest-scorer this season with 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists), while Emma Ramstorf was second on the team with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) and Ella Westlund had 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists).
Sophia Korntya finished fourth in points on the team with 16 (7 goals, 9 assists), while Julia Doherty and Lillian Dutton tied for fifth with 15 (Doherty - 5 goals, 10 assists; Dutton - 9 goals, 6 assists).
In the net, Hunter Sellnow finished with an 8-3 record, a .924 save percentage, 279 saves, a 2.08 goals against average, and four shutouts. Rachael Mohr had a 6-8-1 record in net, a .888 save percentage, a 2.82 goals against average, 342 total saves, and shut out one opponent.