ALEXANDRIA — Alexandria slipped past Willmar in a hard-fought NA3HL game Saturday night, beating the WarHawks 3-1.

A crowd of 816 at the Runestone Community Center saw the Blizzard take a 2-0 lead early in the third period.

Willmar’s Jake Santarelli cut the deficit to 2-1. The forward from Orchard Park, N.Y., scored his fifth goal of the season at 9:33 of the third.

Alexandria, however, got an insurance goal from Dylan Carlson at 18:43.

Lukas Haugen stopped 35 of 38 shots for Willmar.

The teams are now 2-2 in their meetings this season.

Willmar (8-8-1-1) is in fifth in the West Division. Alexandria (10-5-2-1) is in third place. North Iowa (17-3-1-0, 35 points) is in first place, followed by Granite “City (14-4-0-0, 28), Alex (23), New Ulm (19), Willmar (18) and Breezy Point (4-16-1-0, 9).

The WarHawks have a meet-and-greet set for 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Willmar VFW. The team is host to a military appreciation night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, against the Granite City Lumberjacks.

Before that, Willmar plays the North Iowa Bulls at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Willmar Civic Center.

Alexandria 3, Willmar 1

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Alexandria\u0009\u0009\u00091\u00092 — 3
FIRST PERIOD – No scoring. Penalties: (1) A: Dallas Duckson (high sticking, double minor) 7:18 (2) A: Wyatt Blahosky (hooking, minor) 17:41.
SECOND PERIOD – (1) A: Chayse Haberman 3 (Michal Trejbal, Kobe Kitagawa) 12:26. Penalty: (3) W: Logan Starkey (tripping) 12:17.
THIRD PERIOD – (2) A: Alex Heidenreich 2 (Brandon Connett, Cole Lehmann) 1:42 (3) W: Jake Santarelli 5 (unassisted) 9:33 (4) A: Dylan Carlson 3 (Cole Jacobs) 18:43. Penalties:(4) W: Marquez Ginger (tripping) 7:20.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Lukas Haugen (35/38) … Alexandria: Villie Hyttinen (34/35).