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Boys hockey: Cards shut out Scarlets

Junior Zach Wosepka makes a pass at the RCC when the Cardinals hosted Mankato West. The Cardinals won, 4-0. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)1 / 3
Junior Jack Westlund takes a shot on the Mankato West goal on Friday night. Westlund had the final goal of the night, leading to a 4-0 shutout. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)2 / 3
Junior Ben Doherty drives down the ice when the Cardinals faced the Scarlets. Doherty had one of the Cardinals four goals. (Emily Myrin / Echo Press)3 / 3

It took the Alexandria boys hockey team some time to find a rhythm against the Mankato West Scarlets but once it clicked, there was no looking back.

The Cardinals took the win 4-0 for the team’s second shutout in a row.

“We came out a little flat. It wasn’t the start we wanted but the guys came together and we worked hard as a team,” senior Jack Powell said. “Everybody was moving their feet and working hard. It turned out to be a good ending.”

Powell had the Cardinals second goal on the night just nine seconds into the third period. Junior Evan Lattimer had the first goal of the game in the second period. Juniors Ben Doherty and Jack Westlund rounded out the scoring for the Cardinals later in the third.

“I thought we weren’t real focused and intense the first two periods,” Alexandria head coach Ian Resch said. “We did some good things but there was no conviction there. A lot of shots and not much to show for it and I think that starts with not being ready to go.”

The Cardinals out shot the Scarlets 46-8. Goaltender Jackson Boline took the win between the pipes. Mankato West’s Caleb Cross had 43 saves for the Scarlets.

“We’re playing well defensively,” Resch said. “We’re taking care of our own zone. It’s that ability to score consistently. And we need to have more people contributing. Part of it is skill, part of it is knowing where to be and part of it is that desire.”

The win pushes the Cardinals to 7-7-1 so far in the season.

“Our record isn’t what we want. But nobody is giving up,” Powell said. “We’re working hard. We’re going to get to where we want. We’re going to make it to the state tournament.”

Resch is confident the team has the ability to make it to St. Paul for state competition, but the team’s slow start is indicative of problems they’ve dealt with all year.

“We still haven’t learned how to be consistent,” Resch said. “We can play well then we’ll take a step back. We’re still trying to figure out that it’s a huge commitment to be a good hockey team. And it’s not just in the rink. Diet and rest and taking care of your school work. You can’t cut corners anywhere.”

The Cardinals head to Long Prairie on Jan. 16 to face the North Stars (6-9) at 5:15 p.m.

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