Blizzard hockey: Alex knocks off Granite City
The Alexandria Blizzard hasn't dropped a game since its one-goal loss to the Breezy Point North Stars on Friday, Oct. 13th. After that, the Blizzard had three home wins, starting with a shutout against New Ulm on Oct. 14.
"We've always had a good home record here (at the Runestone Community Center)," Blizzard coach Jeff Crouse said after their home opener shutout against New Ulm. "I told the guys 'We're home,' and they just feel comfortable here."
The Blizzard felt the comfort of three straight home wins but hit the road again on Saturday, Oct. 28, where the team ran the winning streak to four games with a 5-2 victory over the Granite City Lumberjacks.
Granite City handed the Blizzard two loses in the second and third games of the season when the Blizzard skated on the Lumberjack's ice. But last weekend, the tables turned.
Going into the third period, the game was tied 1-1. Just one minute into the third period, Alexandria's Jack Westlund hit the net with an assist from Jack Mellstrom to gain the lead.
Just two minutes later, Ryan Worley scored another Blizzard goal with assists from Tanner Frerichs and Luke Benson. Westlund got on the scoreboard again with assists from Josiah Roen and Brenden Payne.
The Lumberjacks fought back, getting on the board one more time. But the Blizzard didn't let up. Logan Nelson sank a goal with just 20 second left in the game, making the final score 5-2. David Carey had the assist.
"We have the potential to be very good," goalkeeper Brady Meyers said after he shut New Ulm out in the home opener. "It's just coming to the rink with the right mentality."
Meyers saved 26 of the 28 shots on goal in their game against Granite City. The Blizzard took a total of 39 shots on goal to help up its record to 6-5 on the season.
The Blizzard faces the North Iowa Bulls at the North Iowa Arena on Nov. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. before returning home on Nov. 8 to host the Lumberjacks at 7:10 p.m.