New Ulm outskates Willmar
WILLMAR -- Kyle Reinarts scored his second goal of the game with 3:22 left and New Ulm shaded Willmar 3-2 in boys hockey at the Civic Center on Saturday.
Reinarts scored from the right circle moments after New Ulm goalie Justin Wiggens stopped an assault by the Cardinals' Landon Baker after a half-ice rush.
The Eagles outshot Willmar 30-28, including 18-7 in the third frame.
Reinarts' shot sailed over the glove of Willmar goalie Ben Leitch, who rejected 17 shots in the third period.
Willmar's attempt at a comeback in the closing minutes was thwarted by a double-minor at 14:01.
Liam Johnston scored both Willmar goals, the first slapping in a rebound after a point shot by Jake Sobieck tied the score 1-1. His second goal came while sliding across the crease with the assist to Grant Schow made it 2-all.
After a 2-0 start, Willmar scored just twice in six periods while loosing twice in less than 24 hours.
New Ulm 3, Willmar 2
New Ulm (3-2) 1 1 1-- 3
Willmar (2-2) 1 1 0-- 2
FIRST PERIOD - NU: Kaleb Juntunen (Kyle Reinarts, Adam Loose) 6:31 ... Wil: Liam Johnston (Jake Sobieck) 9:13
SECOND PERIOD - NU: Reinarts (Loose) 9:15 ... Wil: Liam Johnston (Grant Schow) 9:53
THIRD PERIOD - NU: Reinarts (unassisted) 13:38
GOALIE SAVES - New Ulm: Justin Wiggins 12-7-7-26 ... Willmar: Ben Leitch 4-6-17
Sauk Rapids 7, Willmar 0
The Storm's special teams accounted for five goals (three shorthanded) in a messy game that saw 22 penalties whistled. Mike Rutar had a natural hat trick for Sauk Rapids.
Sauk Rapids (1-1, 1-2) 2 2 3 -- 7
Willmar (1-1, 2-1) 0 0 0 -- 0
FIRST PERIOD - SR: Nik Wurdelman (Ethan Prow, sh, 4:50 ... SR: Tyler Thelen (Andy Henkemeyer, Prow) 13:24, pp
SECOND PERIOD - SR: Mike Rutar (Erik Peckskamp, 3:21 .... SR: Rutar (Dallas Weston) 14:41, pp
THIRD PERIOD - SR: Rutar (unassisted) sh, :33 ... SR: Prow (Henekmeyer) 1:57, sh ... SR: Thelen (unassisted) 2:57
GOALIE SAVES - Sauk Rapids: Beau Jacobson 26 ... Willmar: Ben Leitch 15, Keith Dahle 2