ALEXANDRIA — Jeremiah Konkel’s goal 29 seconds in overtime capped a thrilling comeback for the Willmar WarHawks, who twice recovered from two-goal deficits to defeat Alexandria 7-6 on Saturday from the Runestone Community Center.

Assisted by Ben Johnson, Konkel’s game-winner was his second score of the night. Receiving helpers from Tyler Cobid and Elbridge DeKraai, Johnson sent the game into overtime when he lit the lamp with 11 seconds left in regulation.

Konkel collected his first goal 6:26 into the second period to tie the game at 2-2 after the Blizzard raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Alexandria again enjoyed a two-goal advantage following two scores from Dallas Duckson before the second intermission. Corbid and Kaidden O’Connor each put the puck into the net to tie it at 4-4 near the midway portion of the third.

After both teams exchanged scores, Sean Kenny put the hosts up 6-5 with 3:48 remaining in regulation on the power play before Johnson’s late equalizer.

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The two teams combined for 18 penalties, including 12 on the WarHawks. Two unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties and two 10-minute misconduct penalties were called.

Between the pipes, Willmar’s Luke Weberg stopped 35 of 41 shots. Bailey Rosch had 30 saves for the Blizzard.

The two teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Friday from Alexandria.

Willmar 7,

Alexandria 6 (OT)

Willmar (2-1-0-0) 1 1 4 1 — 7
Alexandria (2-1-1-0) 2 2 2 0— 6
FIRST PERIOD – (1) A: Brandon Greeder (Matthew Thompson, Wyatt Blahosky) 3:42 ... (2) A: Cole Lehmann (Andrew Revering) PP 12:15 ... (3) W: Jack Willis (Cayden Sunde, Louis Anders) 19:43. PENALTIES: (1) W: Austin Jozwick (goalie interference, minor) 0:09 ... (2) W: Ethan Mock (tripping, minor) 5:25 ... (3) W: Kaleb Miller (slashing, minor) 8:55 ... (4) W: Willis (slashing, minor) 11:29 ... (5) A: Dallas Duckson (cross checking, minor) 14:45 ... (6) W: Ben Johnson (roughing, minor) 15:01 ... (7) W: Johnson (unsportsmanlike conduct, major) 15:38 ... (8) A: Trent Sylvester (roughing, minor) 15:50 ... (9) A: Sylvester (unsportsmanlike conduct, major) 16:08
SECOND PERIOD – (4) W: Jeremiah Konkel (Michael Sweetland, Owen Thomas) 6:26 ... (5) A: Duckson (Nolan Westra, Carter Rieland) 16:10 ... (6) A: Duckson (Westra, Blahosky) 18:36. PENALTIES: (10) A: Blahosky (slashing, minor) 6:26 ... (11) A: Sylvester (slashing, minor) 7:15 ... (12) W: Anders (tripping, minor) 15:52
THIRD PERIOD – (7) W: Tyler Corbid (unassisted) 3:24 ... (8) W: Kaidden O’Connor (unassisted) 7:23 ... (9) A: Westra (Blahosky, Kaden Peterson) 7:40 ... (10) W: Elbridge DeKraai (Corbid, Jozwick) 8:12 ... (11) A: Sean Kenny (Revering, Caleb Strong) PP 16:12 ... (12) W: Johnson (Corbid, DeKraai) 19:49. PENALTIES: (13) W: Willis (roughing, minor) 11:34 ... (14) W: Anders (checking from behind, minor) 11:34 ... (15) W: Anders (checking from behind, major misconduct) 11:34 ... (16) W: Sunde (checking from behind, minor) 15:16 ... (17) W: Sunde (checking from behind, major misconduct) 15:16 ... (18) A: Duckson (too many men, minor) 17:27
OVERTIME – (13) W: Konkel (Johnson) 0:29
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Luke Weberg 35/41 … Alexandria: Bailey Rosch 30/37