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Sports roundup from Monday, December 8

BOYS BASKETBALL New York Mills 84, Ashby 47 The Ashby boys basketball team is still looking for its first win this year after falling 84-47 to New York Mills on Monday night. The Arrows' last three games have come against three teams with a combi...

BOYS BASKETBALL

New York Mills 84, Ashby 47

The Ashby boys basketball team is still looking for its first win this year after falling 84-47 to New York Mills on Monday night.

The Arrows’ last three games have come against three teams with a combined record of 9-0. All three have come by lopsided scores as Ashby tries to find ways to close the gap early in the season after falling to 0-5.

“I thought we started the game with good energy, but we couldn’t maintain it,” Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. “We started to let their full court pressure dictate the pace. We started to rush on offense, instead of being patient, which led to some easy transition buckets for them. We also got dominated on the boards. We gave them second, third, and sometimes fourth chances to score. We need to overcome our lack of size by being more physical.”

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Zach Barry had a team-high 19 points for the Arrows to go along with four rebounds. Miles Wing added 10 points and Nathan Cook finished with eight. Dustin Gaudette and Chance Pettow led four Eagles’ players in double figures with 17 each.

“I really liked Christian Koefod’s intensity on defense and Gavin [Saxton] worked hard in the post leading our team with seven rebounds to go with his seven points,” Knick said.

BLIZZARD HOCKEY

Alexandria 8, Helena 3

The Alexandria Blizzard improved to 2-0 at the NA3HL Showcase on Monday with an 8-3 win over Helena.

The Blizzard dominated the pace of play, outshooting Helena 35-19. Aaron Ryback and Tyler Sworsky scored in the first period to take an early 2-0 lead. Tyler Berginski added a shorthanded goal almost seven minutes into the second frame before Gavin Mindt made it five straight unanswered goals for Alexandria with two goals in a span of less than five minutes. Luke Pavelich also scored in the second period as the Blizzard took a 6-2 lead into the second intermission.

Alexandria wasn’t done. Nate Mettenburg scored a shorthanded goal less than three minutes into the third before Berginski put the finishing touches on the win with his second goal of the night.

Matt Resch didn’t score but had three assists in the game. Jody Randall also added two helpers, while Evan Bisek got the win in net with 16 saves on 19 shots faced. 

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Alexandria will play one more game at the showcase when the Blizzard takes on Pittsburgh at 12:45 p.m. today.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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