Carlson makes ACHA commitment

The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Dylan Carlson has committed to play ACHA hockey for the University of Jamestown Jimmies.

Carlson, 20, just finished his first season playing junior hockey in the NA3HL. The 5’7/160 lbs. native of Coleriane, Minnesota, had 12 points (7 goals, 5 assist) in 38 games played during the 2019-20 season.

“Dylan is a very intelligent and smart forward who will be extremely reliable in all situations on the ice.. after talking to Dylan the first time in the recruiting process I knew right away that this was a player I wanted… his knowledge and character for the game of hockey will be extremely valuable In continuing the success of Jimmie Hockey.. Welcome to the Jimmie family Dylan and thank you for an outstanding individual Alexandria Blizzard!!“ said Jimmies head coach Dean Stork.

“We are very proud of Dylan and his commitment to develop and earn his spot at the next level. Dylan came in this year after taking two years off from hockey and improved every single day. He was in a unique situation being in the National Guard and playing junior hockey simultaneously. He showed up every day ready to go and competed at a high level.  We look forward to watching Dylan continue to grow and develop at the next level,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse.

Branton makes NCAA Commitment

The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that defenseman Mathias Branton has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Hamline University.

Branton, 20, is in his first season with the Blizzard and final season playing junior hockey. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Corcoran, Minnesota, has 20 points (1 goal, 19 assists) in 40 games played during the 2019-20 season.

Last season, Branton had 30 points in 42 junior games played. Over the course of his junior career, he has recorded 50 points in 82 games played to date.

“Mathias is a responsible and solid student and athlete who will bring a strong compete to our program,” said Piper head coach Cory Laylin.

“We are very proud of Matt and his commitment to develop and earn his spot at Hamline University.  Matt has been a great addition to our defensive unit this season.  Matt shows up every day and competes at a high level.  We look forward to watching him continue to grow and develop at the next level,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse.

Strong Signs Tender In NAHL

The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Caleb Strong has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL’s Central Division.
Strong, 19, is in his second season of playing junior hockey in the NA3HL. The 5’7/165 lbs. native of Alexandria, Minnesota has 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) in 16 games played with the Blizzard so far this season.
Strong is in his second season with the Blizzard and prior to playing in the NA3HL he played high school hockey in Minnesota for Alexandria Area High.
He is the 12th NA3HL player this season who has signed an NAHL tender for the 2020-21 season.

Connett Named NA3HL Forward Of The Month

Bauer Hockey NA3HL Forward of the Month: Brandon Connett, Alexandria Blizzard

Connett went on a tear to start the month of February, logging points in eight straight games en route to a final stat line of 15g-12a—27pts — most in February among all NA3HL skaters. Finding the scoresheet in all but one of his 10 games, Connett eclipsed his previous monthly high by 10 points, easily passing the 17 he posted in October. His most impactful stretch came in the middle of the month, when he logged four straight multi-goal games including back-to-back games with four and five goals, respectively. Connett’s six multi-point games were also a monthly high for him, and helped drive his season totals to 36g-30a—66pts in 42 games at the end of the month. 

Echo Press: Blizzard snap three-game skid in win over Lumberjacks

The Alexandria Blizzard earned two crucial points in the battle for the fourth spot in the West Division with a 6-3 win over Granite City on Friday night.

The Blizzard (17-18-2-1) came into the game with a three-game losing streak and tied for the final playoff spot in the division with the Willmar Warhawks 37 points. Granite City (32-9-0-0) is tied for first place with 64 points.

Alexandria scored the first three goals of the game. Wesley Johnson broke the tie midway through the first period before Brandon Connett and Michal Trejbal scored in the first five minutes of the second.

After Granite City’s Ryan Pogue cut into the lead before the intermission, Nolan Westera and Connett scored the fourth and fifth goals to put the game away in the third period. Ville Hyttinen made 31 saves to earn his 10th win of the season.

Written By: Jared Rubado | Feb 15th 2020 – 12pm.  Echo Press