Blizzard wallop Warhawks to split weekends series
The Alexandria Blizzard avenged Friday night’s home loss to the Willmar Warhawks with a 10-0 blowout on Saturday night on the road in Willmar.
Carter Rieland and Brandon Connett each found the back of the net twice as the Blizzard was on its way to one of its biggest wins of the season so far. Val Popowski, Caleb Strong and Connett each had three points on Saturday.
Ville Hyttinen continued to have a strong start to the season with a 37-save shutout. He is currently 2-3 with a 2.82 goals-against average and a 91.7 save percentage.
The Blizzard lost to the Warhawks at the Runestone Community Center on Friday night after Willmar scored three unanswered goals.
With less than two minutes to play in the second period, the Warhawks tied the game 3-3 with goals from Ben Tarlton and Elbridge DeKraai. Blake Hansen scored the game-winning goal for Willmar with just over 14 minutes left in the third.
Nathan Hadley got the start on Friday night. He made 27 saves in his first loss of the season. Shane Birkeland, Derek Dropik and Cole Jacobs were the Alexandria goal-scorers.
Alexandria is 5-5-0-0 (10 points) on the season and is currently fifth in the West Division. Willmar is one spot above them with a 6-4-0-1 (13 points) record. North Iowa, who the Blizzard play on Saturday night, leads the division with 23 points.
ALEXANDRIA 3 4 3 – 10
WILLMAR 0 0 0 – 0
SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Chayse Haberman (unassisted) 3:31; Alexandria- Caleb Strong (Shane Birkeland, Dylan Carlson) 5:49; Alexandria- Derek Dropik (Michal Trejbal, Jered Sanborn) 7:36; SECOND PERIOD- Alexandria- Michal Trejbal (Brandon Connett, Derek Dropik) 9:38; Alexandria- Carter Rieland (Jack Taylor, Caleb Strong) 10:29; Alexandria- Carter Rieland (Ike Taraszewski, Val Popowski) power play, 6:05; Brandon Connett (Cole Lehmann, Michal Trejbal) 18:47; THIRD PERIOD- Alexandria- Dallas Duckson (Val Popowski, Cole Lehmann) 6:35; Brandon Connett (Val Popowski, Caleb Strong) 12:53; Joe Westlund (unassisted) 19:10; PENALTIES- Alexandria 4 minutes on two infractions; Willmar- 6 minutes on 4 infractions; GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Ville Hyttinen, W, 27 saves, 0 goals allowed; Willmar- Luc Haggitt, L, 25 saves, 6 goals allowed; Jake Sumner 8 saves, 12 goals allowed;
WILLMAR 0 3 4 – 4
ALEXANDRIA 1 2 0 – 3
SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Shane Birkeland (Cole Jacobs, Ike Taraszewski) 2:55; SECOND PERIOD- Alexandria- Cole Jacobs (Ike Taraszewski, Val Popowski) short-handed; 7:53; Willmar- Angelo Perry (Zack Bender, Dylan Svoboda) 11:16; Alexandria- Derek Dropik (Michal Trejbal, Brandon Connett) 15:01; Willmar- Ben Tarlton (Brandon Holt, Eli Slagter) short-handed, 18:05; Willmar- Elbridge DeKraai (Trent Sylvester) power play, 18:47; THIRD PERIOD- Blake Hansen (Jeremiah Lebsack, Danny Klatt) 5:44; PENALTIES- Willmar- 8 minutes on 4 infractions; Alexandria- 12 minutes on 6 infractions; GOALTENDING- Willmar- Luke Weberg, W, 32 saves, 3 goals allowed; Alexandria- Nathan Hadley, L, 27 saves, 4 goals allowed;