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As the seconds ticked down on the clock at the Armadillo Deck Sports Arena, the thought of losing sunk in for Lumberjack fans. The groans of desperations grew louder as each minute passed. When the clock hit zero, the Alexandria Blizzard made history. The Blizzard took the final matchup in a three-game series on Sunday night with a 4-3 win over top-seeded Granite City. The series win was the first ever for the Blizzard in the NA3HL. One player in particular was left with few words after the historic win.
Time was running for the Alexandria Blizzard on Saturday night. They were trailing 3-2 to the Granite City Lumberjacks, the top seed in the West Division, before Brandon Connett gave them new life. In the game two in a best-of-three series, the Blizzard avenged a game one loss with a 4-3 overtime win in familiar fashion. The Blizzard found a goal in the final hour as they have done several times this season.
With five seconds left in the Section 8AA quarterfinal game at Moorhead High School Monday night, Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher huddled around his team on the court for the last time this season. “I told them that the odds are not in our favor,” Hoelscher said. “We knew that they weren’t going to play defense. We had to hope that they wouldn’t listen to their coach.”
The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team saw its magic ruin out on Friday night when they lost to the Ada-Borup-Norman County West Cougars (26-2) 66-34 in the Section 6A title game at Concordia College in Moorhead. The Cougars started each half by taking a double-digit lead. The A-B-NWC shooting clinic was too big of a hill for Parkers Prairie to climb.
Everything was playing out exactly how Alexandria hoped it would through 30 minutes in the Section 8AAA semifinals on Friday night in Moorhead. The third-seeded Cardinals led second-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen 46-33 with about six minutes left. It was still an 11-point lead with four minutes to go, but that’s when the Sabres stormed back, scoring 20 of the final 24 points to shock Alexandria with a 55-50 loss. It sends Sartell to the section title game against Bemidji on Thursday night.
The West Central Area girls basketball team was eliminated from the Section 6A tournament after losing to the Underwood Rockets (21-5) 57-52 on Saturday night. The Knights were riding high off their opening round win over Hancock (12-12) 86-53. WCA had earned the second seed in the South and dusted the Owls by 33 points.
“Leaving it all on the ice” is one of the common cliches referenced when a season comes to an end. However, for the Alexandria boys hockey team, head coach Ian Resch can say his boys did just that in their heartbreaking Section 6A championship loss to top-seed St. Cloud Cathedral 4-1.
Section 6A-South saw two of its top teams go head-to-head in the final week of the regular season Tuesday night. The Parkers Prairie girls basketball team (20-2) took care of business against the Brandon-Evansville Chargers (14-9) 53-39. “It’s awesome to play like we did,” Panthers senior forward Abby Burquest said. “We knew they were going to come out strong and it feels so good to know that our last regular season home game was a win on senior night.”
The Central Lakes Conference had a meeting of its top two boys hockey teams on Tuesday night. Brainerd (14-7) defeated Alexandria (16-5) 5-2 in a sloppy game between two rival opponents. The Warriors got things started early with a goal 31 seconds into the game. Wyatt Andres, who played his first game since coming off of a shoulder injury, shot the puck behind senior goaltender Bailey Rosch. Rosch was screened on the play.
The West Central Area girls basketball team took home two wins this past weekend over Hancock (6-9) and Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta (10-7). Friday night’s 88-57 victory over Hancock was highlighted by senior Ella Van Kempen. The standout forward scored the 1,000th point of her career. The milestone came at a good time as the Knights were celebrating senior night.