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Junior Hockey: Alexandria Blizzard blank the Willmar WarHawks

Blizzard goalie Kyle Abrahamson makes 34 saves to hand Willmar a 2-0 loss in its NA3HL home-opener Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center Arena

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WILLMAR — The Willmar WarHawks lost their home-opener on Saturday night, falling 2-0 to the Alexandria Blizzard before 1,057 fans at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.

Kyle Abrahamson recorded the shutout. The 18-year-old goaltender from Cloquet made 34 saves in his 2022 NA3HL debut for the Blizzard.

Alexandria got a goal from Ryan Hadland in the second period and another from Ethan Moerke in the third.

There were 18 penalties in the game including two ejections. Willmar’s Spencer Bergman and Alexandria’s Jack Carter were both ejected for fighting at 7:37 of the third period.

Willmar out-shot Alexandria 42-34.

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Willmar has two home games this week against the Oregon Tradesman. Both games are at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center Arena. The Tradesman’s home ice is in Oregon, Wisconsin.

Alexandria 2, Willmar 0

Alexandria (2-1)          0     1    1 — 2
Willmar (1-2)               0     0     0 — 0
FIRST PERIOD –  No scoring. PENALTIES: (1) A: Karsten Sendin (roughing-minor, 2 min) 14:21 … (2) A: Cole Klingbeil (interference-minor, 2 min) 15:48
SECOND PERIOD –  (1) A: Ryan Hadland 2 (Klingbeil) 14:55 … PENALTIES: (3) A: Erick Sanborn (boarding-minor, 2 min) 2:46 … (4) W: Luke McCarthy (interference-minor, 2 min) 4:52 … (5) W: Brady Fairbanks (hooking-minor, 2 min) 8:41 … (6) A: Parker Anthony (roughing-minor, 2 min) 13;39 … (7) W: Luc Corbin (roughing-minor, 2 min) 13:39 … (8) W: Sam Holm (cross checking-minor, 2 min) 16:03 … (9) A: Justin Wasvick (roughing-minor, 2 min) 16:32 … (10) W: Tyler Misialek (spitting, gross misconduct, 20 min) 16:32 … (11) W: Michael Sweetland (roughing-minor, 2 min) 16:32 … (12) W: Corbin (tripping-minor, 2 min) 17:14 … (13) W: Jordan Fields (abuse of official, misconduct, 10 min) 17:14
THIRD PERIOD – (2) A: Ethan Moerke 1 (unassisted) 17:22 … PENALTIES: (14) A: Jacks Miller (slashing-minor, 2 min) 2:59 … (15) A: Jack Carter (fighting, ejection, 20 min) 7:37 … (16): W: Spencer Bergman (fighting, ejection, 20 min) 7:37 … (17) A: Ashton Collings (roughing-minor, 2 min) 14:20 … (18) A: Moerke (interference-minor, 2 min) 15:12
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Alexandria: Kyle Abrahamson 34/34 … Willmar: Will Kunka 40/42

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