Alexandria maintained a stranglehold in Section 6A by defeating St. Cloud Tech 4-1, while Apollo fell 2-0 at home to Fergus Falls. The Otters jump ahead of St. Cloud Apollo in 6A with the win, holding second place by .7 QRF points. Sartell remains in fourth place in the section, followed by Cathedral. The Crusaders were shut out 3-0 at Little Falls Tuesday night.
The Tech Tigers boys hockey team plays host to Alexandria Tuesday night at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center (7:15, WJON). The Tigers fell to the Cardinals 4-1 in the teams' previous meeting back in December. Tech is 5-13-2 overall this season and 2-8-1 in the Central Lakes Conference.
The Tech Tigers boys hockey team beat the Willmar Cardinals 6-3 at Willmar Civic Center Thursday night. Senior Braden Altena scored a hat trick to lead the Tigers to the win, with Joey Mendel registering three assists.
Joe Mauer said it had "been a while" since he was last in St. Cloud, but added that he has many fond memories of "battles" with Waite Park during his younger days. Bert Blyleven said he has been to St. Cloud a handful of times with the Twins Winter Caravan, but only was in town once prior to that to see a buddy pitch for the original Rox
The Minnesota Wild stormed back from a three goal, third period deficit to tie the Red Wings in Detroit Tuesday night before falling in a shootout. It was the last game for the Wild before the All Star Break until its next game in Edmonton on January 27th.
The Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie with a Chase Nielson goal with under a second left in the game to earn the win. Although Apollo head coach Pete Matanich protested that time had run out, video appears to show the goal cross the line before the green light indicating time had run out was activated.
Neither team scored in the second period, in which the Wild outshot Columbus 12-9. Parise had a chance to give Minnesota a 2-1 lead on a penalty shot in the second, but saw the puck roll off his tape and trickle wide of the goal.
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