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New Ulm outskates Willmar

Willmar's Liam Johnston, right, lines up his second goal of the game to score on New Ulm goalie Justin Wiggens in the second period Saturday at the Civic Center in Willmar. The Eagles won the non-conference game, 3-2. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

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