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Junior Hockey: Alexandria Blizzard score late to beat Willmar WarHawks

Alexandria scores twice late to beat WarHawks 5-3 in an NA3HL game at the Runestone Community Center

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ALEXANDRIA — The Willmar WarHawks went back to the Runestone Community Center after winning there last weekend.

This time, the Alexandria Blizzards were ready. Alexandria beat Willmar 5-3 Friday night in an NA3HL game.

Willmar (2-2) had beaten the Blizzard 7-6 last weekend.

The WarHawks led 2-1 after the first period, getting goals from Jack Willis and Tyler Corbid. Willis, an 18-year-old forward from Chaska, opened the scoring at 1:29, netting his second goal of the season.

Corbid, an 18-year-old forward from Fargo, North Dakota, broke a 1-1 tie at 18:00, getting his fourth goal this season.

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Alexandria (3-1-1) tied it up at 2-2 after two periods.

In the third, the Blizzard’s Carter Rieland scored his first of two goals to make it 3-2. But the WarHawks’ Brady O’Brien scored unassisted at 8:16 to tie at 3-3. It was the first goal of the season for the defenseman from Lino Lakes.

Alexandria grabbed the lead at 14:38 on the other Rieland goal. The Blizzard then scored an empty-netter at 19:05 to seal the victory.

Willmar plays the Granite City Lumberjacks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Armadillo Deck Sports Arena in Sauk Rapids.

Alexandria 5,
Willmar 3

Willmar 2 0 1 — 3
Alexandria 1 1 3 — 5
FIRST PERIOD – (1) W: Jack Willis 2 (Ethan Light, Michael Sweetland) 3:29 (2) A: Caleb Strong 4 (Nikolai Rajala) 15:23 (3) W: Tyler Corbid 4 (Ben Johnson, Sweetland) 18:00. PENALTIES: (1) A: Trent Sylvester (tripping-minor, 2 minutes) 3:48 (2) Sean Kenny (fighting-major, 5 minutes) 10:19 (3) A: Kenny (fighting, ejection, 20 minutes) 10:19 (4) A: Benjamin Tschida (checking from behind, minor, 2 minutes) 15:52.
SECOND PERIOD – (4) A: Matthew Thompson 1 (Logan Stellmach, Benjamin Tschida) 3:11. PENALTIES: (5) W: Owen Thomas (tripping-minor, 2 minutes) 9:32 (6) W: Elbridge DeKraai (high-sticking-double minor, 4 minutes) 9:57 (7) A: Kaden Peterson (holding-minor, 2 minutes) 16:28.
THIRD PERIOD – (7) A: Carter Rieland 1 (Dallas Duckson) 1:31 (8) W: Brady O’Brien 1 (unassisted) 8:16 (9) Rieland 2 (Nikolai Rajala, Cole Lehmann) 14:38 (10) Caleb Strong 5 (Rajala) 19:05 (en). PENALTIES: (8) W: Ethan Mock (interference-minor, 2 minutes) 9:38 (9) W: Mock (slashing-minor, 2 minutes) 12:54 (10) A: Peterson (hooking-minor, 2 minutes) 13:19 (11) W: Sweetland (unsportsmanlike conduct-minor, 2 minutes) 17:52 (12) A: Duckson (roughing-minor, 2 minutes) 17:52.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Cooper Olson 30/34 … Alexandria: Joey Grelich 24/27

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