Haberman makes ACHA Commitment

The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Chayse Haberman has committed to play ACHA Division II hockey for Dakota College at Bottineau.

 

Haberman, 19, is in his second season playing junior hockey in the NA3HL. The 6’0/165 lbs. native of Minot, North Dakota, has 4 points (3 goal, 1 assist) in 23 games played so far during the 2019-20 season.

 

Last season, Haberman had 1 point in only 12 games played due to a knee injury. In his two-year NA3HL career, he has recorded 5 points in 35 games played to date.

 

“We are happy Chayse is coming to Bottineau. Since watching him in high school and now with the Blizzard he has kept developing as a player and we look forward to him to continue growing as a player. Playing in Alexandria he has gained valuable experience from a good coaching staff that will help him at the college level,” said Jacks head coach Travis Rybchinski.

 

“We are very proud of Chayse and his commitment to develop and earn his spot at the next level.  Chayse has persevered through a lot the last couple years.  He shows up every day ready to go and competes at a high level.  We look forward to watching Chayse continue to grow and develop at the next level,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse.

Popowski makes NCAA commitment

The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that defenseman Val Popowski has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Hamline University.
Popowski, 20, is in his second and final season playing junior hockey in the NA3HL. The 6’4/225 lbs. native of St. Michael, Minnesota, has 17 points (1 goal, 16 assists) in 27 games played so far during the 2019-20 season.
Last season, Popowski had 25 points in 46 games played. In his two-year NA3HL career, he has recorded 42 points in 73 games played to date.

“Hamline University is very excited to welcome Val to our Piper Hockey family.  He a big, strong, mobile defenseman and we’re confident he will be a reliable student/athlete in our program,” said Piper head coach Cory Laylin.

“We are very proud of Val and his commitment to develop and earn his spot at the next level.  Val has been the mainstay of our defensive unit over the last couple years.  Val shows up every day and competes at a high level.  We look forward to watching Val continue to grow and develop at the next level,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse.

Blizzard Duo Gets Called Up To NAHL

The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that two players this past weekend were called up to the North American Hockey League (NAHL) to play for two different teams.

Brandon Connett, 20, from Baldwin, WI is the Blizzard leading scorer accumulating 18 goals and 17 assists and is a +15 in 28 games this season.  Connett joined the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL for their game in Bismarck this past Saturday Night. Since joining the Blizzard early last season, Connett has averaged over a point per game in his 79 career games with Alexandria.

Bailey Rosch, 19, from Alexandria, MN has appeared in 11 games for the Blizzard holding a 5-3-1 record and has a 3.83 GAA with a .865 save %. Rosch was called up to the Minot Minotauros this past weekend. This is Rosch’s second trip up the NAHL as he spent a weekend last season with the Brookings Blizzard.

Blizzard ride Hyttinen to 3-1 win in New Ulm

Blizzard ride Hyttinen to 3-1 win in New Ulm

DECEMBER 28, 2019

Alexandria Blizzard goalie Ville Hyttinen made 37 saves on Friday to lead his team to a 3-1 road win in New Ulm.

Alexandria 3 @ New Ulm 1 – Tommy Broten drew first blood for the Steel, but the Blizzard roared back with three unanswered to take a 3-1 win on Friday. Dylan Carlson, Nolan Westra and Cole Jacobs fueled the comeback in front of 37 saves by Ville Hyttinen in goal. AJ Cohen suffered the loss despite 22 stops in the Steel cage. Boxscore

Alexandria goes 2-1 at NA3HL Showcase

Blizzard hockey: Alexandria goes 2-1 at showcase

 

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Ike Taraszewski
Ike Taraszewski

The Alexandria Blizzard played three games at an NA3HL Showcase event in Blaine through Tuesday night, and the Blizzard finished that run with a 2-1 record.

Alexandria beat the Atlanta Capital 3-2 on Dec. 17. That was after a 4-3 win over the Great Falls Americans on Dec. 16 and a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Jr. Blues to open up the showcase.

It was an explosive first period against Atlanta with four of the five total goals being scored in that opening frame. Alexandria had three of them as Austin McNeil, Ike Taraszewski and Dylan Carlson all found the back of the net. That proved to be enough as Bailey Rosch got the win in net for the Blizzard with 10 saves.

Alexandria got the win over Great Falls in overtime when Taraszewski scored at 3:03 of the extra session. Carter Rieland, Evan Sivets and Cole Jacobs all added goals, and Ville Hyttinen got the win with 20 saves.

St. Louis got two third-period goals to secure the 4-2 win over Alexandria in the showcase opener. Alex Heidenreich and Austin McNeil both scored for the Blizzard in the second period, but William Oliver stood tall around those goals with a 16-save win. Hyttinen took the loss despite 25 saves after allowing the four goals.

The Blizzard has off through Christmas now before taking on New Ulm on the road on Dec. 27. Alexandria’s next home game at the Runestone Community Center is Dec. 31 against Breezy Point with a 7:10 p.m. start time.