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Alexandria Blizzard cap regular season with a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Loons, face Granite City in playoffs

Alexandria Blizzard end regular season with a pair of wins over the Minnesota Loons

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Michael Debrito
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BREEZY POINT - One night removed from a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Loons, the Alexandria Blizzard topped Minnesota 6-1 on Saturday.

The Blizzard (25-20-1) have completed the regular season and are headed to the NA3HL Playoffs to face the Granite City Lumberjacks (44-3) in the NA3HL West Division Semifinal of the Fraser Cup Playoffs in a best of three series.

In Saturday’s win over the Loons, the Blizzard had five different players score.

Forward Michael Debrito scored the game's first goal (shorthanded, 17:33) on an assist from forward Sean Kenny.

Zachary DeMarce scored (1:58) the first of three Alexandria goals in the second period, while forwards Gavin Carlson (2:43) and Matt McIntyre (18:59) scored the other two.


Forward Cole Klingbeil got the scoring started in the third period for the Blizzard with a goal (1:49) on an assist from forward Ben Tschida and defenseman Kaden Peterson.

Debrito scored his second goal of the game in the third frame (4:11) on an assist from Klingbeil and defenseman Karsten Senden.

The Loons got on the board in the game's waning moments on a goal by Kyler Couture with an assist by Josef Slepica.

Joey Greilich earned the win in net for the Blizzard with 18 saves. The Blizzard had a 42-19 shots on goal advantage.

Tschida and Klingbeil had two assists for the Blizzard. Kenny, Peterson, forwards Kyle Mischke, Colby Nickel, Alex Heidenrich and Ethan Moerke each had an assist.

Game one of the Western Division Semifinal series is on Friday at Granite City at 7:30 p.m. Game two is at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday. Game three, if necessary, is at Granite City on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Granite City swept the regular season series against Alexandria 6-0.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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