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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Hockey (G)

Cardinals Crush Blue Devils

By Kyle Gylsen - Alexandria

Alexandria scored six times in the first period and breezed to a 12-2 victory over visiting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday night.

"Every year I have coached, a team has a game that makes a coach say, 'What is happening here?'" said LPGE/WDC head coach Scott Woods.  "Last night was that game for the Blue Devils.

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek hadn’t given up more than six goals in a game since the start of the season.  And even though Alexandria has been in the state rankings all year, the Blue Devils had played several teams of that caliber and stayed in the game playing solid defense.

"Last night there were many break downs from goalie to defenseman to forwards," Woods explained.  "On top of that, every bounce went  Alexandria’s way."

The Cardinals outshot LPGE/WDC 33-19.

Six different Cardinals scored at least once, with Hanah Hansen and Nicole Bartels each recording a hat trick.  Mari Wosepka and Micaela Swenson both scored twice.

For the Blue Devils, both goals came in the second period.  Kenzie Christianson scored an unassisted goal at the 1:58 mark and then assisted on Ashlee Helseth's tally with 2:33 remaining in the period.

Angela Hanson made 21 saves for the Blue Devils.

"Our hope is that a late loss like this reminds the girls we have to be at our best every second of every shift to beat a quality team," Woods stated.  "Looking for the silver lining, we did remind the girls what the Russians did to the 1980 U.S. hockey team weeks before the “miracle game” (The Russians crushed US!).  Thought it was a fun connection."

Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Wadena-Deer Creek travels to Northern Lakes for a big section game Thursday night.

"It should have a big impact on seeding and the hope of a home playoff game," Woods added.

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