The Mason City Toros defeated the Alexandria Blizzard on each of the final two days of 2021 to stretch their win streak to five games.
Both wins required comebacks and it began Thursday night. Alexandria scored late in the first but the Toros answered with a three-goal second period but at one point trailed 3-1. Cullen Hogan and Sota Isogai scored late in the period to tie it up after 40 minutes. Neither team scored in the third but Hogan got Mason City’s first overtime winner of the season at the 1:54 mark.
The comeback was especially impressive since the Toros were outshot 42-22. Owen Carlson stood tall in net with 39 saves and also picked up the assist on the game winner for his first point of the season.
Friday, the Toros again trailed, this time 3-1 after two periods. Mason City responded with a three-goal third period to pick up the win and the weekend sweep.
Just as Hogan stepped up the night before, Luke Robertson came through against Alexandria. Robertson tied game up less than a minute after the Blizzard scored the game’s first goal then scored the game-winner at the 17:26 mark of the third period Friday. Jordan Newpower tied the game 7:19 prior with his first of the season for Mason City.
The Toros look to further add to their win streak next weekend against the Willmar WarHawks. Mason City travels to the Willmar Civic Center for a 7:10 p.m. game on Friday before a 3:00 p.m. home game at the Mason City Arena on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at masoncitytoros.com