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Boys Hockey: Schrupp's late goal lifts Willmar past New Ulm

NEW ULM -- Willmar finally got a big goal in the third period, which lifted the Cardinals to a 4-3 win over New Ulm in non-conference boys hockey action Saturday.

NEW ULM -- Willmar finally got a big goal in the third period, which lifted the Cardinals to a 4-3 win over New Ulm in non-conference boys hockey action Saturday.

Paul Schrupp slammed home a power-play goal with 3:48 left in the game on an assist from Travis Hanson, his second of the game, to give Willmar the win.

The Cardinals got off to a hot start, scoring three goals in the first period. Josh Mead took a loose puck in just 22 seconds into the game for the first goal. Jay Bredberg capitalized on a rebound at the 1:39 mark for a 2-0 lead.

After New Ulm cut the lead to 2-1, Matt Kroneberger, who assisted on Willmar's first goal, scored on a breakaway with three minutes left in the frame for a 3-1 advantage.

The Eagles slowly climbed back into game, scoring a goal in the second period and then in the third to tie the game.

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Willmar 4, New Ulm 3

Willmar (5-11) 3 0 1 -- 4

New Ulm (7-6) 1 1 1 -- 3

FIRST PERIOD - Wil: Josh Mead (Matt Kroneberger) :22 ... Wil: Jay Bredberg (Travis Hanson) 1:39 ... NU: Wade French (Cody Kohn) sh, 7:50 ... Wil: Kroneberger (unassisted) 14:00

SECOND PERIOD - NU: Kohn (Fischer) pp, 15:31

THIRD PERIOD - NU: Beau Burgau (Kohn) pp, 8:27 ... Wil: Paul Schrupp (Hanson) pp, 13:12

GOALIE SAVES - Willmar: not available ... New Ulm: not available

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