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.
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
The Alexandria Blizzard, proud members of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), are excited to announce that forward Ike Taraszewski has earned a call-up to the St Cloud Blizzard of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Taraszewski will play for the Blizzard for the remainder of the season starting this past weekend.
Taraszewski scored in his first game with St. Cloud this past weekend, a 4-2 loss at Austin.
The Wayzata, Minnesota native is Alexandria’s second leading scorer with 14 goals to go along with his 22 assists. Taraszewski joined Alexandria midway through last season playing 24 games and averaging just under a point per game at 11 goals and 10 assists.
Taraszewski recently tied an Alexandria Blizzard franchise record by scoring 5 goals in a 15-1 victory over the Breezy Point North stars last weekend.
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.