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Prep Hockey: Willmar's Olson nets game-winner

River Lakes Ivy Bolle carries the puck in the neutral zone during Tuesday's game against Willmar the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune1 / 7
River Lakes' Tyra Johnson skates behind her net with the puck in Tuesday's game against Willmar at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune2 / 7
Willmar's Mya Monson holds off a River Lakes player in Tuesday's game at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune3 / 7
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River Lakes' Jordyn Bebus watches her shot head towards the glove of Willmar goaltender Savana Knutson as fellow Cardinal Sydney Olson boxes out in Tuesday's game at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune5 / 7
River Lakes' Ivy Bolle chases down Willmar's Hannah Kobienia in Tuesday's game at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune6 / 7
River Lakes' Hannah Zimmer carries the puck into her offensive zone as Willmar's Ashley Larson tries to chase her down in Tuesday's game at the Willmar Civic Center. Jake Schultz / Tribune7 / 7

WILLMAR - Getting back to .500 is always a nice feeling and to do it against a rival is always sweeter.

River Lakes struck first but Willmar bounced back to score two in a row and take the 2-1 victory at the Willmar Civic Center.

Bailey Olson scored the game-winner midway through the third period on assists from Serena Monson and Rachel Swanson.

"It was a pretty even game from start to finish," said Willmar head coach Eric Setrum. "They scored first but we didn't give up, we fought and came back."

Jaiden Deming got the Stars on the board with a goal 2:54 into the second period but Mya Monson responded with a power play goal of her own more than seven minutes later. Monson received the pass from behind the net from Olson and slotted it past River Lakes goaltender Nicole Wander to tie things up.

"This is a good builder for us," Setrum said. "They used to be (Class) AA, now they're A, so this is a good conference and a good section win."

Tuesday was just the start of a tough stretch prior to the holidays for the Cardinals. They'll head to St. Cloud Thursday to avenge a 4-1 loss from earlier in the season before ending the week with a trip to Brainerd to take on No. 7 Brainerd/Little Falls. Regardless of opponent Setrum has confidence in his team.

"This is a very tough week for us, but I like our chances," Setrum said. "Defense is playing really well and our forwards are working hard. With our defense and goalie we always have a chance."

Willmar 2, River Lakes 1

River Lakes 0 1 0 — 1

Willmar 0 1 1 — 2

FIRST PERIOD — No goals scored

SECOND PERIOD — R: Jaiden Deming 2:54 ... W: Mya Monson (Bailey Olson, Hannah Kobienia) 10:25

THIRD PERIOD — W: Olson (Serena Monson, Rachel Swanson) 8:52

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — River Lakes: Nicole Wander 15/17... Willmar: Savana Knutson 21/22

Boys Hockey

River Lakes 3, Willmar 1

Willmar struck first but that didn't last long as River Lakes bounced back to take a 3-1 victory Tuesday night at home.

The Stars threw 43 shots on net and held Willmar to only 14 total shots. Willmar goaltender Gunnar Banks turned away 40 of those shots but three snuck past him and they proved to be enough.

Payton Madison scored the game-winner just one minute, nine seconds into the third period during the power play with an assist from Blake Peterson. Devin Gertken added insurance 10 minutes later on another power play to make it a 3-1 game.

Willmar 1 0 0 — 1

River Lakes 1 0 2 — 3

FIRST PERIOD — W: Cole Monson 8:51 ... RL: Logan Stellmach (luke Johnson) 14:23

SECOND PERIOD — No goals scored

THIRD PERIOD — R: Payton Madison (Blake Peterson) PP 1:09 ... R: Devin Gertken (Johnson) PP 11:24

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Willmar: Gunnar Banks 40/43 ... River Lakes: Jani Terwisscha 13/14

Orono 10, L/DC 0

Orono put up 10 goals on 28 shots to take down Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Tuesday night.

Davey Burns, Billy Lynch, and Zach Simon each scored two goals and Simon led with four points.

L/DC 0 0 0 — 0

Orono 4 5 1 — 0

FIRST PERIOD — O: Billy Lynch (Fisher Eiss, Landon Wittenberg) 6:12 ... O: Lucas Jorgenson (Jack Suchy, Dane Korsi) 10:31 ... O: Korsi (Suchy, Zach Rutherford) 13:55 ... O: Davey Burns (Thomas Walker, Zach Simon) 14:53

SECOND PERIOD — O: Burns (Daniel Eckerline, Walker) PP 3:35 ... O: Lynch (Jorgenson, Wittenberg) PP 9:34 ... O: Simon (Jack Kubitz) SH 12:44 ... O: Such (Jorgenson) SH 13:02 ... O: Walker (Evan Babekuhl, Simon) 14:13

THIRD PERIOD — O: Simon (Walker, Burns) 12:40

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato: Darby Halonen 18/28 ... Orono: Evan Babekhul 17/17

NA3HL Hockey

Willmar 5, Wooster 4 OT

The Willmar WarHawks ended the NA3HL Showcase Tournament Tuesday with a dramatic 5-4 overtime victory over the Wooster Oilers.

Max Oelkers netted the game-winner off a tipped shot from Wyatt Toll three minutes, 14 seconds into overtime to take the win.

Wooster started the scoring off early in the first period and scored first in all three periods but the WarHawks always had an answer for their opponent. Willmar edged Wooster in shots by one (38-37) and that shot proved to be the game winner.

Oelkers finished the game with three points off a goal and two assists, as did Zach Martin.

Willmar 1 2 1 1 — 5

Wooster 1 2 1 0 — 4

FIRST PERIOD — WO: Bobby Frieson (Zach Zwierecki, Dennis Lekarev) 3:39 ... WW: Zach Martin (Braden Shea, Max Oelkers) PP 8:22

SECOND PERIOD — WO: Turner Banyasz (Cole Barney, Daniel Critzer) PP 2:49 ... WW: Keegan Bauman (Cameron Pries, Wyatt Toll) PP 4:32 ... WO: Banyasz (Barney, Matthew Crosby) 11:35 ... WW: Jacob Takashima (Martin) 16:38

THIRD PERIOD — WO: Barney (Banyasz, Justin King) PP 1:36 ... WW: Pries (Oelkers, Martin) 9:33

OVERTIME — WW: Oelkers (Toll, Martin) 3:14

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Willmar: Luke Fry 33/37 ... Wooster: Michael Hubbard 33/38

Willmar 3, Atlanta 1

The WarHawks defense was next to perfect in Monday's NA3HL Showcase victory against Atlanta, holding the Capitals to only eight shots.

Atlanta scored in the second period, but the WarHawks were otherwise stellar as Brandon Holt, Zach Martin, and Peyton Bolstad all scored.

Willmar 2 0 1 — 3

Atlanta 0 1 0 — 1

FIRST PERIOD — W: Brandon Holt (Max Oelkers, Wyatt Toll) 3:51 ... W: Zach Martin 11:11

SECOND PERIOD — A: Cole Thomas Johnson (Tanner Opie) 9:29

THIRD PERIOD — W: Peyton Bolstad (Braden Shea, Jacob Takashima) 14:55

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Willmar: Kaden Ericson 7/8 ... Atlanta: Kyle Konin 13/16

Willmar 4, Northeast 1

Willmar held off an early tie from Northeast in the first period, scoring three goals in the last two periods to take a win in the first game of the NA3HL Showcase Sunday.

Max Oelkers scored a pair of goals, including a power play effort in the first period, to guide the WarHawks to a win. Willmar pelted Northeast goaltender Lucas Souza with 47 shots.

Willmar 1 1 2 — 4

Northeast 1 0 0 — 1

FIRST PERIOD — W: Max Oelkers (Wyatt Toll, Brandon Holt) PP 5:00 ... N: Tyler Rudek (Justin Couture) 16:39

SECOND PERIOD — W: Holt (Toll, Braden Shea) PP 18:46

THIRD PERIOD — W: Oelkers (Cameron Pries) 7:37 ... W: Peyton Bolstad (Keegan Bauman) 12:50

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Willmar: Kaden Ericson 25/26 ... Northeast: Lucas Souza 43/47

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