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Hockey roundup: Alexandria girls topple Buffalo/Maple Lake

The Alexandria girls earned a second straight road win, while the boys fell to Orono in a high-scoring game and a late goal gave the Granite City Lumberjacks a one-goal win over the Alexandria Blizzard.

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The Alexandria Cardinals celebrate a goal scored by Emma Ramstorf during the team's 3-3 tie against the Brainerd-Little Falls Warriors on Nov. 22, 2022. Ramstorf scored the final goal in Alexandria's 5-1 win over Buffalo/Maple Lake on Dec. 3, 2022.
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The Alexandria girls hockey team picked up its second-straight road victory as it cruised to a 5-1 victory over Buffalo/Maple Lake on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Jersey Severson got the scoring started for the Cardinals (3-2-1) with a first period goal.

Buffalo-Maple Lake got on the board in the second period but Alexandria scored three times in the period to lead 4-1. Julia Doherty scored a power play goal, while Lauren Maras scored an even strength and power play goal.

The Cardinals capped the game with an even strength goal by Emma Ramstorf.

Rachael Mohr earned the win in net for the Cardinals as she had 20 saves. Alexandria had a 30-25 shot on goal advantage.

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Alexandria came into Saturday’s game after beating Sartell-Sauk Rapids, 4-0, on Thursday. Tayler Treat had two goals in the game while Alena Maras and Lillian Dutton had one.

The Cardinals finish their three-game road stand with a tilt at Fergus Falls, whom they beat in overtime 3-2 on Nov. 15.

Orono and Alexandria boys combine for 13 goals

Alexandria faced the Orono Spartans in a high-scoring affair that went Orono’s way 8-5, on Saturday at the Runestone Community Center.

Orono (2-0) scored three goals in the first and second frame, and two in the third. Alexandria (0-2) scored once in the first, and twice in the second and third frame.

Each team scored within the first minute of the game, but Orono got the momentum going its way with two power play goals to end the first frame. Orono didn’t look back from there as it held the lead from there on out.

Keegan Lucy led the Cardinals’ offense with two goals, while Tyler Kludt, Nick Peterson and Jack Breitzman had one each.

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The Alexandria Cardinals celebrate after a Nicholas Peterson (29) goal in the third period of Alexandria's season-opener on Dec. 1, 2022, against Sartell-St. Stephen. Peterson had one goal in Alexandria's 8-5 loss to Orono on Dec. 3, 2022.
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Shots on goal were just about even on the day, as Alexandria had 35 and Orono had 32.

The Cardinals are back at home to face Little Falls (1-2) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

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Late goal lifts Lumberjacks over the Blizzard

The Alexandria Blizzard went on the road on Saturday to face the Granite City Lumberjacks and it nearly came home with a victory.

A power play goal six minutes into the third frame by Joe Greniuk goal gave Granite City the 4-3 win.

Granite City led 3-1 a minute into the second frame, but power play goals by Alexandria’s Cole Klingbeil and Joe Gronholz tied the game heading into the final frame.

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Cole Klingbeil

Sean Kenny scored Alexandria’s lone first frame goal.

The Lumberjacks had the 27-22 shot on goal advantage in the game.

Granite City and Alexandria are two of the top three teams in the NA3HL Western Division as Granite City is atop the division standings (20-1-1, 41 points) and Alexandria is in third (11-5-1, 23 points. Alexandria is two points behind Mason City (12-9-1, 25 points) for second place.

Granite City’s lone regulation loss came to Alexandria, 4-1 on Nov. 19.

The Blizzard are on the road to face the Minnesota Loons (7-17) at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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