Alexandria Blizzard: 8-1-1 Since the Winter Break
February 3, 2016
After a slow start to the season, the Alexandria Blizzard entered the Winter Break 8-15-2 (.360). Through their first 25 games, the Blizzard possessed a -20 goal differential, allowing an average of 4.08 goals per game, while scoring 3.28 themselves.
In the ten games since the break, Alexandria is 8-1-1 (.850) with a goal differential of +28, logging an average of 5.2 goals per game while allowing only 2.4 and sit 4 points out of 3rd in the NA3HL West Division Standings.
"I think the break for a lot of us was good," said 3rd year Forward Aaron Ryback, "Kinda get our minds away from hockey, see our familes, come back, get to work and re-energize for the 2nd half of the season and make a good strong push for the playoffs."
Ryback, a 1995, joined the Blizzard for the 2013-14 season and with 52 goals and 54 assists through 108 regular season games, averages nearly a point per game over three seasons. A native of Canada, Ryback leads the team in points, earning a point in 21 of 33 games this season, including 12 multi point efforts, a hat trick and a season high 5 points in the Blizzard's October 10, 2015 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Flying Aces. A game in which he contributed to each goal on the night.
In spite of some early season struggles, the Blizzard advanced multiple players on to Tier 2, including Forward Nick Altman who has 28 games under his belt on the Minnesota Wilderness roster, and Defenseman Dominick Procopio who played 18 games for Alexandria affiliate Brookings Blizzard.
The Alexandria Blizzard are looking to clinch a play off berth in a highly competitive NA3HL West Division for the 4th straight season. The Blizzard will face the division #3 Breezy Point North Stars in two games this weekend.