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Blizzard win 3 over weekend

 

The Blizzard picked up three wins over the weekend, stopping the Minnesota Flying Aces 6-2, then defeating Breezy Point 9-0 and 5-2 to improve to 10-5.

Alexandria played Wednesday night at Granite City, and will play tonight at home when the Blizzard hosts Twin City.

Alexandria 6, Minnesota 2

Both Joe Anderson and Ian Ecklund had a pair of goals in the Blizzard’s 6-2 win over the Minnesota Flying Aces Friday, despite their team’s 41 minutes in the penalty box.

Anderson scored just 56 seconds into the second period, and added another at 4:44 in the third, and added an assist on Ian Ecklund’s first goal of the third period at 1:00. Ecklund, whose second goal came at 8:29 of the third, also helped Anderson out with an assist on his second goal of the game.

Both teams played fairly even through the first two periods, leaving the game tied at 2-2. Alexandria found an offensive burst in the third period, scoring four unanswered goals while blasting Flying Aces goalie Yasu TakaHashi with 24 shots.

Kyle Miller stopped 20 of 22 shots on the net for the win.

On the upside, the Blizzard outdid itself in the scoring column with six goals. The team had been averaging 3.3 goals per game through the early going of the season.

On the downside, Alexandria suffered from a lack of discipline on the ice, racking up 41 minutes of penalty time and had Ryen Zerfas ejected from the game.

Alexandria 9, Breezy Point 0

A three-goal first period was more than enough for a Blizzard win Saturday night as Alexandria went on to a 9-0 victory over Breezy Point behind Alexandria native Garrett Skinner’s four assists and one goal.

It was a night where the Blizzard shared the offense as Mick Dhein had two goals and Skinner, Bryce Mitzel, Nate Mettenburg, Karson Kuntz, Austin Rudnick, Danny Pelzer and Anderson had one each.

The Blizzard defense was stalwart throughout the game, holding off the North Stars three times on the power play, and Chase Wilson had 11 saves in goal for Alexandria.

Alexandria 5, Breezy Point 2

Alexandria didn’t allow Breezy Point on the board until the game was decided as the Blizzard picked up a 5-2 win Sunday night.

Ecklund had two goals and an assist in the win as Alexandria improved to 10-5 in the NA3HL West standings, with one shootout loss.

The Blizzard defense again proved a force to be reckoned with as they skated off six power plays by the North Stars.

Chase Wilson had 20 saves in goal for Alexandria, which also saw Blizzard player Levi Erickson ejected from the game as the team incurred 49 minutes in penalties.

BLIZZARD STATISTICS

MINNESOTA 0 2 0 — 2

ALEXANDRIA 1 1 4 — 6

FIRST PERIOD

ALEX – Mick Dhein (Ritchie Brown, Spencer Peratalo) 6:19.

SECOND PERIOD

ALEX – Joe Anderson (Kyle Kuntz, Karson Kuntz) 0:56; MN – Jared Sprink (Billy Wagner) 2:02; MN – Patrick Kegley (Jared Spink) 4:56.

THIRD PERIOD

ALEX – Ian Ecklund (Joe Anderson) 1:00; ALEX – Joe Anderson (Ian Ecklund, Kyle Kuntz) 4:44; ALEX – Ian Ecklund (Garrett Skinner, Ritchie Brown) 8:29; ALEX – Mat Crist (shorthanded (Karson Kuntz, Ricky Seidel) 18:15.

SHOTS ON GOAL – Minnesota 8-10-4—22, Alexandria 8-9-24—41.

GOALIE SAVES – Yasu Takahashi, MN, 28; Kyle Miller, Alex, 20.

PENALTIES – Minnesota 36 minutes on 11 infractions; Alexandria 41 minutes on 15 infractions.

1ST STAR – Ian Ecklund, Alex; 2ND STAR – Joe Anderson, Alex; 3RD STAR – Spencer Paratalo, Alex.

 

BREEZY POINT 0 0 0 — 0

ALEXANDRIA 3 2 4 — 9

FIRST PERIOD

ALEX – Bryce Mitzel (Dannhy Pelzer, Cayce Coenen) 2:37; ALEX – Garrett Skinner (Joe Anderson, Austin Rudnick) 11:43; ALEX – Nate Mettenburg (Bryce Mitzel, Levi Erickson) 13:27.

SECOND PERIOD

ALEX – Karson Kuntz (Mick Dhein, Garrett Skinner) 8:32; ALEX – Austin Rudnick (Spencer Peratalo, Ricky Seidel) 11:02.

THIRD PERIOD

ALEX – Danny Pelzer (Ritchie Brown, Mick Dhein) 9:26; ALEX – Joe Anderson, pp (Garrett Skinner, Austin Rudnick) 12:02; ALEX – Mick Dhein (Kyle Kuntz, Garrtt Skinner) 14:32; ALEX – Mick Dhein (Garrett Skinner, Spencer Paratalo) 17:44.

SHOTS ON GOAL – Breezy Point 6-3-2—11, Alexandria 19-11-15—45.

GOALIE SAVES – Erikur Arnason, BP, 36; Chase Wilson, ALEX, 11.

PENATIES – Breezy Point 23 minutes on 6 infractions; Alexandria 22 minutes on 7 infractions.

1ST STAR – Garrett Skinner, Alex; 2ND STAR – Karson Kuntz, Alex; 3RD STAR – Chase Wilson, Alex.

 

ALEXANDRIA 1 2 2 — 5

BREEZY POINT 0 0 2 — 2

FIRST PERIOD

ALEX – Tanner Duffney (unassisted) 7:55.

SECOND PERIOD

ALEX – Ian Ecklund (unassisted) 5:36; ALEX – Ian Ecklund (Garrett Skinner, Kyle Kuntz) 5:47.

THIRD PERIOD

ALEX – Garrett Skinner (Joe Anderson, Ian Ecklund) 0:30; ALEX – Mick Dhein (Ricky Seidel, Will Becker) 10:00; BP – Jared Naeve (unassisted) 11:36; Kyle Whipple (unassisted) 14:34.

SHOTS ON GOAL – Alexandria 15-15-9—39; Breezy Point 3-7-12—22.

GOALIE SAVES – Chase Wilson, Alex, 20; Ian Shidofsky, BP, 34.

PENALTIES – Alexandria 49 minutes on 15 infractions, Breezy Point 40 minutes on 12 infractions.