Alexandria split the weekend with a 3-2 overtime victory at New Ulm on Friday night and a 5-3 loss to Granite City back home on Saturday.
Friday night Parker Anthony scored to give the Blizzard a 1-0 lead early in the 2nd after a scoreless 1st period. Gaborik Olson and Justin Kingery assisted on Anthony’s 2nd of the season. New Ulm came back to take a 2-1 lead but Matt McIntyre scored his 8th of the season from Ryan Hadland and Aidan Prochaska during the final minute of the 2nd period to knot it up heading into the third. The Blizzard outshot New Ulm 16-11 in the 3rd but both goaltenders made every save to force overtime. It didn’t take the Blizzard long to get the game winner, as Ryan Hadland buried his 25th of the season :36 seconds in, with assists from Wyatt Johnson and McIntyre. Alex Lamont notched his 10th win of the season with 18 saves.
Saturday night the Lumberjacks came to town and the Blizzard came up just short. Jack Whitmore scored his first 2 Blizzard goals in the first period each time to answer a Granite City goal. Joe Gronholz set up Whitmore on his first goal with a pass to the high slot where he fired a wrist shot home, and Ryan Hadland set him up for his second on an almost exact play, but this time it was a power play goal. Aidan Prochaska picked up the 2nd assist on Whitmore’s first goal, and Alex Lamont got the 2nd assist on his second goal. Granite City scored the lone 2nd period goal for a 3-2 lead after two. The Blizzard came out in the 3rd and tied the game :10 seconds in when Cole Klingbeil scored his 16th of the season from Ethan Moerke and Karsten Senden. Seconds later the Blizzard went on the power play, but it was Granite City who wiped out the momentum with a short-handed goal, and then added another even strength goal later in the 3rd to thwart any comeback from the Blizzard.
Alexandria (23-9-0-2 – 48 pts) will host the Loons on Wednesday and the Warhawks on Friday at 7:10 before traveling to the Loons on Saturday for a 7:30 start. Click the ticket tab on the home page for tickets, or catch the action on hockeytv.com