Junior defenseman Andrew Thompson of Albert Lea looks to pass the puck to a teammate against Hibbing/Chisholm. -- Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Tigers fall to Hibbing

Published 9:30am Monday, January 7, 2013

Albert Lea continues a five-game slide after starting 4-2

It was a tough Saturday afternoon at Roy Nystrom Arena for the Albert Lea boys’ hockey team, as it fell to Hibbing/Chisholm 7-1.

After starting the season with a record of 4-2, the Tigers dropped their fifth straight game.

The Bluejackets lit up the scoreboard early to take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Colten Perkins.

However, the Tigers wouldn’t allow another goal until the eight-minute mark in the second period by the Bluejackets’ Adam Johnson.

Larry Olson of Albert Lea battles for control of the puck, as Hibbing/Chisholm's Derek Abrahamson does the same. Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Albert Lea answered with a goal of its own by junior Kohl Kriewall off a ricochet. Two Tigers were credited with the assist: sophomore Alex Classen and junior Matt Cheever.

“I felt we came out and played well in the second period,” Albert Lea head coach Roy Nystrom said. “We just have to keep plugging away and score some more goals.”

The score cut the Tigers’ deficit to one point (2-1), but that was as close as the game would get.

A goal by Hibbing/Chisholm late in the second period gave the Bluejackets all the momentum, and the Hibbing/Chisholm scored four goals on 13 shots in the final period.

In the second period, the Tigers only had one fewer shot attempt than the Bluejackets, but Hibbing/Chisholm had 36 total shots on goal compared to 17 for Albert Lea.

Tigers’ sophomore goalkeeper Garret Matz made some impressive saves, 29 total, but he was also placed in some tough 1-on-1 situations.

Next, Albert Lea plays Tuesday at Winona.