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Boys Hockey: Alex too much for Willmar, 5-2

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ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar committed 10 penalties and Alexandria capitalized for four goals, handing Willmar a 5-2 Central Lakes Conference boys hockey loss Tuesday.

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Alex's last four goals were with a man advantage.

"When you play a team that has a lot of skill, you can't take that many penalties," said Willmar coach Dan Tollefson.

Liam Johnston scored the game's first goal, giving Willmar (5-4, 10-6) a 1-0 lead. Alexandria (7-4-1, 10-5-1) scored twice in less than three minutes after the 11-minute mark for a 2-1 lead after the first period.

Grant Schow popped in a Willmar goal with 25 seconds gone in the second period to tie the game, then Alexandria scored three more power-play goals.

Alex also peppered Willmar goalie Ben Leitch with 45 shots on goal.

"A lot of their shots were perimeter shots from the outside," said Tollefson.

Willmar continues its three-game road streak at Brainerd Thursday.

Alexandria 5, Willmar 2

Willmar (5-4, 10-6) 1 1 0 -- 2

Alexandria (7-4-1, 10-5-1) 2 1 2 -- 5

FIRST PERIOD - Wil: Liam Johnston (Landon Peterson, Grant Schow) 3:25 ... Alex: Thomas Williams (Casey Vangsness, Ross Thompson) 11:01 ... Alex: Thompson (Thomas Williams, Vangsness) pp, 13:42

SECOND PERIOD - Wil: Schow (Johnston) :25 ... Alex: Tyler Iverson (Garrett Skinner, Ashton Gronholz) pp, 13:42

THIRD PERIOD - Alex: Vangness (Williams, Thompson) pp, 11:40 ... Alex: Gronholz (Williams, Thompson) pp, 15:04

GOALIE SAVES - Willmar: Ben Leitch 40 ... Alexandria: Erich Murphy 8

Wright County

HF Catholic 5, LDC 3

John Raisanen got Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato within one on a goal assisted by Nate Adams and Jeff Janckila with 37 seconds left, but Holy Family Catholic scored with one second left in regulation to seal the win.

HF Catholic (1-3-1, 9-6-1) 1 2 2 -- 5

Litchfield/DC (1-4, 10-6) 1 0 2 -- 3

FIRST PERIOD - LDC: Andy Haataja (Nate Adams, Quinn Impola) 13:26 (sh) ... HFC: Charlie Donlin (Austin Balm) 15:06

SECOND PERIOD - HFC: Tommy Vannelli (Connor O'Neil) 3:03 ... HFC: Donlin (unassisted) 8:48

THIRD PERIOD - HFC: Tommy Rice (Brady Reisgraf) 12:51 ... LDC: Brandon DeWolf (Jeff Janckila, Max Hyberger) 13:51 ... LDC: John Raisanen (Adams, Janckila) 16:23 ... HFC: Austin Simenson (Tim Fellner) 16:59

GOALIE SAVES - not available

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