Blizzard fall to Bulls in OT
The Alexandria Blizzard came close to getting its second sweep of the season last weekend on its roadtrip to New Ulm and North Iowa.
Less than a minute into overtime, North Iowa’s Lucas Wahlin scored the game-winning goal. The Bulls erased a 2-0 deficit and won 3-2 on Saturday night.
Shane Birkeland scored his second goal of the season, with assists from Joe Gronholz and Alex Heidenreich, midway through the first period. Brandon Connett gave the Blizzard a 2-0 lead 13 seconds later with a helper from Michal Trejbal.
North Iowa’s Jac Triemert cut the lead in half with assists from Ryan Hempel and Jackson Vercellono late in the first period. Cam Fagerlee tied the game midway through the second.
After a scoreless third period, the Blizzard played overtime hockey for the second straight night. Wahlin’s 10th goal of the season dropped the Blizzard to 6-5-1-0.
On Friday night, the Blizzard came back from trailing 4-1 to beat the New Ulm Steel 6-5 in overtime. Carter Rieland’s fourth goal of the year started Alexandria’s weekend on a high note. Derek Dropik scored two goals on the night while Bailey Rosch came in relief of Ville Hyttinen for the win.
Alexandria has four games left on its road trip before it plays at the Runestone Community Center. The Blizzard will travel to Willmar and Rochester next weekend.
ALEXANDRIA 1 2 2 – 1 – 6
NEW ULM 3 1 1 – 0 – 5
SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Derek Dropik (Brandon Connett, Jack Taylor) 7:21; New Ulm- Marcus Mack (unassisted) 14:36; SECOND PERIOD- New Ulm- Joey Gimberlin (Stanislav Danaev, Teddy Lillico) 2:28; New Ulm- Jacob Halvorson (Keegan Bauman, Michal Savelkoul) 5:11; New Ulm- Marcus Mack (Nate Looft, Bran Orae) 10:26; Alexandria- Brandon Connett (unassisted) 12:02; Alexandria- Jack Taylor (Cole Jacobs, Carter Rieland) 17:02; New Ulm- Keegan Bauman (Michael Savelkoul, Nate Looft) 4:26; Alexandria- Derek Dropik (Michal Trejbal, Brandon Connett) 10:11; Alexandria- Dallas Duckson (Jack Taylor, Carter Rieland) power play, 13:22; OVERTIME- Carter Rieland (Caleb Strong, Val Popowski) 1:23;
PENALTIES- Alexandria- 4 minutes on 2 infractions; New Ulm- 6 minutes on 3 infractions;
GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Ville Hyttinen 27 saves, 4 goals allowed; Bailey Rosch, W, 15 saves, 1 goal allowed; New Ulm- AJ Cohen 18 saves, 6 goals allowed;
ALEXANDRIA 2 0 0 – 0 – 2
NORTH IOWA 1 1 0 – 1 – 3
SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Shane Birkeland (Joe Gronholz, Alex Heidenreich) 5:51; Alexandria- Brandon Connett (Michal Trejbal) 6:04; North Iowa- Jac Triemert (Ryan Hempel, Jackson Vercellono) 16:44; North Iowa- Cam Fagerlee (Matt Dahkseide, Carter Wagner) 7:44; OVERTIME- North Iowa- Lucas Wahlin (Jordan Roo, Harrison Stewart) 4:15;
PENALTIES- Alexandria- 16 minutes on 8 infractions; North Iowa- 8 minutes on 4 infractions;
GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Ville Hyttinen, L, 32 saves, 3 goals allowed; North Iowa Dysen Skinner, W, 24 saves, 2 goal allowed