Alexandria edges Twin City, 6-5 on Thursday
January 16, 2015
Tyler Sworsky helped the Blizzard to a 6-5 win in Twin City on Thursday night.
Alexandria 6 @ Twin City 5 - The Alexandria Blizzard came close to giving away a three-goal lead to the Twin City Steel, but did just enough to escape with a 6-5 victory. Alexandria led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Blizzard's AJ Gullickson scored at 11:36 in the second period to put Alexandria up 4-1.
The Blizzard were sparked by Gavin Mindt, who finished with one goal. Mindt scored 12:40 into the third period to make the score 6-4 Alexandria. Tony Arias picked up the assist. In the losing effort, Twin City was paced by Aharon Lara, who tallied one goal and three assists. Lara scored 17:12 into the second period to make the score 4-4. Jared Erickson assisted on the tally.
Alexandria put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Steel to score on any of their four power plays. The Blizzard kept Twin City's goalie busy throughout the game, and Robbie Goor made 37 saves on 43 shots. Alexandria outdid its season average for goals scored. The Blizzard have scored at the pace of 3.8 goals per game during the current campaign. Alexandria was forced to rely heavily on their penalty kill unit throughout the game, as it racked up 24 penalty minutes.
Alexandria also got points from Tyler Sworsky, who also had one goal and one assist and Jake Wasem, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Alexandria also had goals scored by Logan Norman and Aaron Ryback, who scored one goal each. More assists for Alexandria came via Tom Schmidt, who had two and Tom Monteiro, Kyle Jones, Bo Gronseth, and Nate Mettenburg, who contributed one each.
The Steel's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on four Alexandria power plays. The Blizzard were unable to stop Twin City from sending pucks towards the net, and the Steel eventually piled up 53 shots on goal. Twin City got an offensive boost from its blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game.
Twin City additionally got points from Mathias Ahman, who also registered one goal and two assists, Lance Carney, who also racked up one goal and one assist, and Russel Barone, who also had one goal and one assist. Twin City also got a goal from Tom Reilly as well. In addition, Twin City received assists from Jay Paul, who had one.
Tanner Elmore made 48 saves for Alexandria on 53 shots. The Steel incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors.