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Boys Hockey: Alexandria wears down Willmar in third

Willmar's Cole Monson looks for the puck during a game against Alexandria at the Willmar Civic Center on Thursday. Curt Hogg / Tribune1 / 4
Willmar forward Collin Larabee attempts to corral a loose puck during a game against Alexandria on Thursday. Curt Hogg / Tribune2 / 4
Willmar forward Adam DeJong fires a shot toward the net during a game against Alexandria on Thursday. Curt Hogg / Tribune3 / 4
Willmar goalkeeper Gunnar Banks makes a sprawling save on a loose puck agaisnt Alexandria on Thursday. Curt Hogg / Tribune4 / 4

WILLMAR - The Willmar boys hockey team was in the thick of things through two periods in its season-opener on Thursday night at the Willmar Civic Center despite facing a flurry of shots from Alexandria.

Over the final period, those pucks began to find the back of the net, leading to a 5-1 win for Alexandria.

Willmar goalie Gunnar Banks recorded an impressive 51 saves, but Alexandria's two first-period goals proved to be the difference. In that period, Alexandria recorded the first 13 shots of the game and led the shots on net category 19-6 entering the intermission.

In the second period, Willmar only got two shots away, but one was Ty Christensen's goal to cut the deficit in half.

Willmar was unable to capitalize on four power play chances, while Alexandria scored on one of its two power plays and added a shorthanded goal in the third period.

Alexandria 5, Willmar 1

Alexandria 2 0 3 — 5

Willmar 0 1 0 — 1

FIRST PERIOD — A: Name not available; A: Name not available

SECOND PERIOD — W: Ty Christensen

THIRD PERIOD — A: Name not available; A: Name not available; A: Name not available

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Alexandria: Bailey Rosch 11/12 ... Willmar: Gunnar Banks 51/56

Little Falls 3, L/DC 2

No other details about the game were available at press time.

St. Cloud 6, River Lakes 0

No other details about the game were available at press time.

Curt Hogg

Curt Hogg is a sports reporter at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. 

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