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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Willmar winger Cam Swenson hits the ice surrounded by Alexandria's Levi McFarlane (23) and Andrew Rentschler on Thursday at Cardinal Arena in Willmar. Willmar fell behind by four goals early in the second period and couldn't come back, losing 7-3.

Boys Hockey: Alexandria boys pound Willmar

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Tribune Staff Report

WILLMAR -- The Willmar boys hockey team came out playing sluggishly against Alexandria and lost 7-3 on Thursday night at Cardinal Arena.

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Alexandria scored the game's first four goals, then added three more late in the second period after Willmar cut the deficit to two to ice the Central Lakes Conference game.

"They were a tough team for us tonight," said Willmar head coach Dan Tollefson. "(The teams) usually play pretty close games but we just couldn't get anything going tonight."

Charlie Wensman scored the hat trick and had an assist for Alexandria, and teammates Johnny Domine, Tom Schmidt and Garrett Skinner all scored a goal and had three assists.

Willmar's Graham Dahl scored two goals and Ryan Woljer scored his first varsity goal.

The game was a big one in terms of Section 6A seedings, Tollefson said.

Several area teams are fighting for the four and five seeds in the section, and "the next two weeks will be important," Tollefson said.

Willmar has lost six of its last seven, and the Cardinals hope to break the skid at Wadena tonight.

Alexandria 7, Willmar 3

Alexandria (5-4 9-6) 2 5 0 -- 7

Willmar (3-5, 6-10) 0 2 1 -- 3

FIRST PERIOD - A: Tom Schmidt (Garrett Skinner, Charlie Wensman) 12:41 pp ... A: C. Wensman (Matt Resch, Skinner) 13:05

SECOND PERIOD - A: Skinner (Jordan Domine, Schmidt) 0:36 ... A: C. Wensman (Domine, Skinner) 5:39 pp ... W: Ryan Woljer (Hunter Mottinger, Trey Tollefson) 7:58 pp ... W: Graham Dahl (Zech Streed, Chris Odens) 9:24 pp ... A: Domine (Jack Wensman, Schmidt) 9:57 ... A: C. Wensman (Andrew Rentschler) 10:13 ... A: J. Wensman (Schmidt, Domine) 14:38 pp

THIRD PERIOD - W: Dahl (John Deluna) 4:15

GOALIE SAVES - Alexandria: Ben Allen 17 ... Willmar: Derek Baker 18

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