Hockey: Blizzard suffer streak-snapping sweep
North Iowa put an end to the Alexandria Blizzard’s five-game winning streak with a weekend sweep in Mason City, Iowa.
The Bulls (10-5, 20 points) won 5-3 on Friday before taking Saturday’s finale 4-1 over Alexandria (8-7, 16 points).
The Blizzard drew first blood on Friday when Caleb Strong netted the weekend’s opening goal, but Peter Verstegen and Zachary Simon answered with scores for North Iowa before the end of the first period.
Alexandria pulled even on a Joe Dokken goal in the second period, but two more by the Bulls had them up 4-2 midway through the third. Brandon Connett found the back of the net with five minutes to play, bringing the Blizzard within one, but Matt Dahlseide iced the game for North Iowa with a late empty-netter.
Jonathan TerWisscha took the loss after saving 28 of 32 shots he faced in net. Connor Poczos went 21-for-24 on save attempts for the Bulls.
In game two of the weekend, Riley Scanlon tied the game at 1-1 late in the first period after North Iowa went ahead on an opening-minute goal. But the Bulls took over from there, netting two in the second and another in the third to finish off the sweep.
In the loss, Kyle Hayden stopped 37 shots between the pipes, while Poczos sent away 31 of 32 Blizzard attempts for the win.
Alexandria will return home for a 7:10 p.m. matchup with Granite City on Friday, Nov. 9, before completing the series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Sauk Rapids.