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Boys hockey: Hagen’s late goal lifts Cards

WILLMAR — Sophomore forward Isaac Kobenia pocketed three assists and senior forward Cole Hagen scored unassisted midway through the third period to break a 3-3 tie and give Willmar a 4-3 win over Section 3A foe New Ulm Tuesday.

With New Ulm (9-8) on a power play, Hunter Mottinger scored 1:31 into the second period for a 2-1 Willmar lead, the senior center’s second shorthanded goal in as many games. Six minutes later senior forward Evan VanDenEinde put Willmar (8-8) up 3-1. But the Eagles scored 11 seconds later and with 46 seconds left in the period to tie the game at 3-3 after 40 minutes of play.

Cardinals senior defenseman Buzzy Tollefson put Willmar up 1-0 early after getting a feed from Kobenia.

“Levi Goosmann held us in and made some huge saves against their power plays,” said Willmar coach Dan Tollefson. “We found a way to win.”

Goosmann made 15 saves in the first and second periods combined before turning away 12 New Ulm shots in the final period.

The Eagles had a slight edge in shots, 30-29.

Both teams are now 4-0 in section games. The Cardinals host Sauk Rapids on Thursday for a Central Lakes Conference game.

Willmar 4, New Ulm 3

New Ulm (9-8)    1 2 0 — 3

Willmar (8-8)      1 2 1 — 4

FIRST PERIOD – W: Buzzy Tollefson (Isaac Kobienia) 2:42 … NU: Brandon Helget (Alex Stark) 8:07

SECOND PERIOD – W: Hunter Mottinger (Kobienia) 1:31, sh … W: Evan VanDenEinde (Kobienia, Tyler Pendill) 7:20 … NU: Colin Huffman, Ethan Kraus) 7:31 … NU: Huffman (Kraus, Judd Davis) 16:14

THIRD PERIOD – W: Cole Hagen (unassisted) 6:14

GOALIE SAVES – New Ulm: Brach Kraus 8-12-5-25 … Willmar: Levi Goosmann 7-8-12-27