The Alexandria Blizzard is back on the ice and is 1-1 following its opening weekend road trip to North Iowa and New Ulm.
After dropping Friday night's game to the Bulls, Austin McNeil put the Blizzard ahead early with a goal assisted by Cole Jacobs against New Ulm on Saturday. Caleb Strong made it a 2-0 game midway through the first period before Marcus Mack cut the Blizzard lead in half.
McNeil buried his second of the night late in the second period to regain the two-goal advantage before Cole Lehman extended the lead early in the third.
New Ulm sparked a comeback with two late goals, but an empty-net tally by Strong put the game on ice. Bailey Rosch made 26 saves in his first win of the season.
The Blizzard's 5-3 win came after a dominating performance by North Iowa the night before.
After Alex Heidenreich scored the game's first goal to give Alexandria a 1-0 lead, the Bulls scored nine unanswered to win 9-1. Dalton Saltness and Hayden Fox each had a pair of goals for North Iowa. Evan Babekuhl made 17 saves in the win.
ALEXANDRIA 1 0 0 - 1
NORTH IOWA 2 4 3 - 9
SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Alex Heidenreich (Andrew Revering, Jack Taylor) 6:11; North Iowa- Dalton Saltness (Carter Eha, Isaac Lindstrom) power play, 17:57; North Iowa- Hayden Fox (Caleb Hoffman, Brayden Uttech) 19:16; SECOND PERIOD- North Iowa- Caleb Huffman (Nick Mohs-Messerli) 1:46; North Iowa- Tucker Lien (Uttech, Fox) 4:08; North Iowa- Saltness (Eha, Sean Sullivan) 8:23; North Iowa- Sota Isogai (Jac Triemert, Caleb Huffman) power play, 16:43; THIRD PERIOD- North Iowa- Isaac Lindstrom (unassisted) shorts handed, 3:32; North Iowa- Fox (Cal Nauss) 5:23; North Iowa- Uttech (Sullivan) power play, 19:25; PENALTIES- Alexandria 78 minutes on 9 infractions; North Iowa 33 minutes on 6 infractions; GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Joey Greilich, L, 26 saves, 5 goals allowed; Bailey Rosch 19 saves, 4 goals allowed; North Iowa- Evan Babekuhl, W, 17 saves, 1 goal allowed;
ALEXANDRIA 2 1 2 - 5
NEW ULM 1 0 2 - 3
SCORING- FIRST PERIOD- Alexandria- Austin McNeil (Cole Jacobs) 7:25; Alexandria- Caleb Strong (Sean Kenny, Nolan Westra) 10:13; New Ulm- Marcus Mack (Jake Henthorne, Ethan Mcdonald) 12:57; SECOND PERIOD- Alexandria- McNeil (Wyatt Johnson, Jacobs) 18:12; THIRD- Alexandria- Cole Lehman (Strong, Sean Kenny) power play, 5:39; New Ulm- Nick Wieben (Tommy Michelsen, Josh Delange) 12:11; New Ulm- Corey Stormer (Branden Swenson, Jacob Zowin) power play, 18:49; Alexandria- Strong (Revering, Carter Rieland) empty net, 19:11; PENALTIES- Alexandria- 14 minutes on 7 infractions; New Ulm- 18 minutes on 8 infractions; GOALTENDING- Alexandria- Bailey Rosch, W, 23 saves, 3 goals allowed; North iowa- Zac Hattan, L, 40 saves, 4 goals allowed