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Junior Hockey: Two WarHawks heading to Hamline

The inaugural Willmar WarHawks have their first college commitments as forwards Kyle Wendorf and Riley Tigrett each have agreed to play for Hamline University next season.

Wendorf leads the WarHawks in nearly every offensive category including goals (21), assists (29), and points (50). He has been especially effective on the power play where he also leads the team with six power play goals and eight power play assists. The Richfield native also sports the team's third-highest plus-minus rating of plus-16 and leads the team with 1.22 points per game.

Tigrett, a Pittsburgh native, is the team's captain and has 10 goals and 18 assists (28 points) in 34 games played.

"From the organization's standpoint, Riley Tigrett and Kyle Wendorf were everything we could ask for, especially being a first-year franchise," said Willmar head coach Chris Blaisuis. "They both produced on the ice, were great leaders and role models for all of our players to follow. We are excited that both Riley and Kyle will be able to continue their playing careers while furthering their education at Hamline."

Though the WarHawks still have five games left in the regular season, next season's roster is already beginning to take shape. Willmar High School's Tanner Dahle and Eli Slagter have both signed on to play with the WarHawks next season. Dahle and Slagter are both seniors and finished their high school season with a 1-0 loss to Marshall in the Section 3A quarterfinal on Thursday. Dahle played three games with the WarHawks at the start of the season and, now that his high school season is over, will finish the season with them as well.

"Tanner has some experience with us which is nice," Blaisuis said. "He brings good size up front which we've lacked this season. He has a lot of potential that hasn't been tapped into yet. We see him as a solid contributor next season.

"Eli is only beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. He's a big kid with a lot of room to grow in his body and he plays a hard, physical game. We are excited by Eli's potential and what he brings to the WarHawks not only next season but down the road as well."

Jake Schultz

Jake Schultz is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune, working his first job out of college. He graduated from St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in 2016 and is a baseball fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @StJake29. 

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