Blizzard land 3pts on the weekend split with Chill

Blizzard hold off Chill for weekend split


Kobe Kitagawa
Kobe Kitagawa

The Alexandria Blizzard almost saw its 3-0 lead erased by the Coulee Region Chill on Saturday in La Crosse, WI.

After falling 3-2 overtime on Friday night, the Blizzard’s fast start propelled them to a 4-3 win.

Dylan Carlson started the scoring with assists from Brandon Connett and Michal Trejbal midway through the first period. Connett made it a 2-0 game with under three minutes before the intermission.

Cole Jacobs found the back of the net early in the second period with assists from Carlson and Carter Rieland. It looked as if the Blizzard were going to run away with things before the Chill answered.

Marco Escobar cut Alexandria’s lead to two before Christopher Gilbert made it a one-goal game midway through the second.

With 47 seconds left in the period, Kobe Kitagawa scored what would be the game-winning goal. Connett had this third point of the game with an assist.

The Chill found some life late in the third with Escobar’s third goal, but could not get a fourth as the Blizzard took home a weekend split.

Ville Hyttinen had 27 saves in net. He continues to have a good season with a 4-3-0-1 record, a 3.12 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.

With his three-point night, Connett leads the Blizzard with 27 points in 16 games played. He is the only member of the Blizzard with more than seven goals at 14. Caleb Strong and Dallas Duckson both have 21 points on the year.

The Blizzard sit in third place in the West Division standings with 19 points (8-5-2-1). The Chill is in second place in the Central Division with 24 points. (12-6-0-0).

Alexandria is back at home for the first time in seven games this weekend. The take on the Breezy Point North Stars (3-15-1-0) on Friday and the Willmar Warhawks (8-7-1-1) on Saturday.

ALEXANDRIA 2 2 0 – 4


SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Dylan Carlson (Brandon Connett, Michal Trejbal) 7:43; Alexandria- Connett (Trejbal) power play, 17:42; SECOND PERIOD- Cole Jacobs (Carlson, Carter Rieland) 3:30; Coulee Region- Marco Escobar (Liam Farrell, Gijs De Schepper) short handed, 12:09; Christopher Gilbert (Joey Wiczek) 17:01; Alexandria- Kobe Kitagawa (Connett, Val Popowski) 19:31; Coulee Region- Escobar (Jacob Best, Sam VanderHoven) 17:12;

PENALTIES- Alexandria- 22 minutes on 7 infractions; Coulee Region- 10 minutes on 5 infractions;

GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Ville Hyttinen, W, 27 saves, 3 goals allowed; Coulee Region- Devin Naidow, L 32 saves, 4 goals allowed;

ALEXANDRIA 2 0 0 – 0 – 2 (FRIDAY)

COULEE REGION 2 0 0 – 1 – 3

SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Trejbal (unassisted) 2:11; Coulee Region- Escobar (De Schepper) 4:40; Coulee Region- Flavien Fondadouse (Parker Severson, Escobar) power play, 10:43; Alexandria- Carlson (Rieland, Jacobs) 12:53; OVERTIME- Coulee Region- Best (Severson, Fondadouze) power play, 3:43;

PENALTIES- Alexandria- 6 minutes on 3 infractions; Coulee Region- 4 minutes on 2 infractions;

GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Hyttinen, OTL, 31 saves, 3 goals allowed; Coulee Region- Michael Janke, W, 29 saves, 2 goals allowed

2019 NA3HL Showcase 1 month away

2019 NA3HL Showcase less than a month away

NOVEMBER 18, 2019

The 2019 North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) Showcase, which will take place from December 15-17, 2019 at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota, begins in less than a month. This season marks the 10th straight year the NA3HL will hold a league-wide Showcase, which features some of the best junior talent in the United States. The event will be played in cooperation with the sixth NAPHL event of the season, which will take place from December 13-16, 2019, at the Super Rink and includes the NAPHL 16U and 18U All-Star games on Sunday, December 15th.
All NA3HL teams will play three regular-season games at the Showcase, which is annually one of the most well-attended and scouted events of the entire season for the league, attracting college and junior scouts alike. The NA3HL Showcase brings every NA3HL team under one roof, which allows scouts to see all the great talent the league has to offer. Not only does the showcase see a large presence of NCAA scouts but NAHL Central Scouting is also in attendance, furthering the chances for players to earn a call up to the NAHL.
The 2019 NA3HL Showcase schedule will be released on Monday, November 25th and will pair up evenly matched teams against one another based on the current standings and is also designed to have cross-divisional games with balanced competition.
The NA3HL is in its 10th anniversary season in 2019-20 and serves as one of the top training grounds in the country by providing the best coaching, exposure and developmental vehicles available for student-athletes in Tier III junior hockey. It is one of only two USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III junior leagues. No other league has had more movement and advanced more players onto play in the NAHL than the NA3HL. Thanks to additional and enhanced initiatives that were put in place this past season in cooperation with the NAHL, more players from the NA3HL play, practice, and earn NCAA Division I scholarships with the NAHL than any other league. To begin the 2019-20 season the NA3HL had over 40+ alumni listed on NAHL rosters. Earlier this summer, not only did 26 NA3HL players sign a tender to play in the NAHL for the 2019-20 season, but 26 more players were selected in the 2019 NAHL Draft.
“Every year, the NA3HL Showcase gets bigger and better, and 2019 will be no exception. This event is all about the opportunity for the players and the timing works out well for all of the college and NAHL scouts and coaches to attend. The record number of advancement of NA3HL players to the NAHL is a direct result of the unique relationship the two leagues share and the exposure players are getting at NA3HL events like the Showcase,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.
For more details on the 2019 NA3HL Showcase, including ticket, hotel, rental car, scouting and schedule information, visit: All the games at the NA3HL Showcase will be broadcast live and in HD on HockeyTV.
Scouts will receive complimentary admission to the NA3HL Showcase. Proper identification and team/league affiliation must be presented at the admission counter in order to receive a scout pass. Scout packet includes a pass for entrance into the Super Rink for all three days of the event, access to the scout room, which will include catered food and beverage throughout the event, a tournament program, scout gift, and line charts for each game.
Another benefit of the NA3HL’s direct relationship with the NAHL is the presence of NAHL Central Scouting. A team of dedicated and knowledgeable scouts will be on hand at the Showcase evaluating NA3HL players in a true unbiased manner. That information on all players is then organized and provided to NAHL teams and college coaches. In a system that no other junior league in the United States has, individual player scouting profiles are then uploaded into the Rink Net database, the same service used by NCAA and NHL teams. NAHL Central Scouting is lead by Tony Zasowski, Director of Player of Personnel for the NAHL, NA3HL and NAPHL. His primary role is to coordinate the scouting at all events, and to promote player advancement and to supply information to NAHL, NCAA and other junior and collegiate coaches.
As an additional element to the program this season, an NCAA education and compliance seminar will be presented to all players, coaches and parents during the NA3HL Showcase. This will be the same presentation used in NAHL seminars and the focus will be on differences between NCAA Division I, Division III and ACHA, the breakdown of NCAA I conference landscape, NCAA Initial Eligibility information including important new rules going into effect this season and how future players will be affected, the recruiting process and how to market yourself.
The Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof.

Lehmann’s OT goal lifts Blizzard over Grizzlies

Lehmann’s OT goal lifts Blizzard over Grizzlies


Cole Lehmann
Cole Lehmann

With time running out, Cole Lehmann salvaged the Alexandria Blizzard’s road trip this past weekend.

After 60 minutes of hockey on Saturday, the Blizzard and the Rochester Grizzlies needed five more to declare a winner. Lehmann received a pass from Caleb Strong and beat goaltender Sean Guerin for the win.

Caleb Strong
Caleb Strong

Strong, a senior for Alexandria Area High School this winter, had three points on the night. He scored the game-tying goal in the third period that would eventually send the game into overtime. He also assisted on Ike Taraszewski’s goal midway through the first period.

Rochester had a big night from Matthew DeRosa. His two second-period goals gave the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead.

Ville Hyttinen did enough in goal to get his third win of the season. He made 29 saves on 32 shots as the Blizzard improved to 7-5-1-1. They currently sit in fifth place in the West Division standings. Rochester is now in second place in the Central Division with a record of 11-4-1-0.

Saturday night’s win came after a tough loss on Friday night in Willmar. After the Blizzard scored three second-period goals, Trent Sylvester tied the game five minutes before the intermission. The Warhawks went on to beat the Blizzard in a shootout.

Carter Rieland had a goal and an assist in the loss. Bailey Rosch started in net for the Blizzard, making 28 saves on 31 shots.

The final two games of the road trip are against the Coulee Region Chill this weekend. The Chill are third in the Central Division with a 10-5-0-0 record.

ALEXANDRIA 1 0 2 – 1 – 4

ROCHESTER 1 2 0 – 0 – 3

SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Garrett Smith (Noel Parker, Matthew DeRosa) power play, 2:09; Alexandria- Ike Taraszewski (Caleb Strong, Jack Taylor) 11:27; SECOND PERIOD- Rochester- DeRosa (Smith, Payton Hart) 3:27; Rochester- DeRosa (Ethan Noonan, Hart) 19:10; THIRD PERIOD- Alexandria- Derek Dropik (Dallas Duckson, Brandon Connett) 7:12; Alexandria- Strong (Joe Gronholz, Taraszewski) 9:33; OVERTIME- Cole Lehmann (Strong, Taraszewski);

PENALTIES- Alexandria- 8 minutes on 4 infractions; Rochester- 10 minutes on 5 infractions;

GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Ville Hyttinen, W, 29 saves, 3 goal allowed; Rochester- Sean Guerin, OTL, 30 saves, 4 goals allowed

Connett makes NCAA commitment

Alexandria forward Connett makes NCAA commitment

NOVEMBER 8, 2019
The Alexandria Blizzard of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Brandon Connett has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Connett, 20, in his second and final season playing in the NA3HL for the Blizzard. The 6’0/195 lbs. native of Baldwin, Wisconsin, currently leads the Blizzard in scoring so far during the 2019-20 season with 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) in 12 games played.
Overall in 58 career NA3HL games, Connett has recorded 67 points.
“We as a Blizzard organization are very proud and excited for Brandon and his opportunity to pursue hockey and his education at UW-Stout,” said Blizzard head coach Jeff Crouse. “Brandon is a leader of our team on and off the ice and also in the community. He’s always smiling and enjoying himself and that translates to his success on the ice. We wish Brandon nothing but the best and look forward to seeing him grow and develop as he pursues his career.”
Connett is another example of the ladder of development as he previously played in the NAPHL prior to playing in the NA3HL and earning his NCAA commitment. During the 2017-18 season, Connett played in the NAPHL for the Sioux Falls Power 18U team, where he recorded 12 points in 18 games played.