WILLMAR — Building a 3-0 lead early in the second period, the New Ulm Steel were able to keep the Willmar WarHawks at arm’s length to secure their first victory of the season, 5-3, Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center.

After starting the year 2-1-0-0, Willmar has now dropped its last four games.

New Ulm built a 2-0 first-period lead with goals by Joey Gimberlin and James Spaargaren. Then at the 2-minute, 55-second mark of the second, Corey Stormer punched in a goal to put the Steel up 3-0.

The Warhawks climbed back to make it a one-goal game with second-period goals by Drew Sandy and Louis Anders. But New Ulm (1-5-0-0) was able to grab some momentum before the second intermission on a Zach Maillette goal.

Down 5-2, Willmar’s final goal came on the power-play with 1:42 to play as Jack Willis scored for the third time this year.

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In goal, Cooper Olson stopped 30 of 35 shots for the WarHawks.

Willmar (2-5-0-0) has a home-and-away series this weekend against North Iowa, at 7:10 p.m. Friday in Willmar and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Mason City.



New Ulm 5,

Willmar 3

New Ulm 2 2 1 — 5
Willmar 0 2 1 — 3
FIRST PERIOD – (1) NU: Joey Gimberlin 4 (Tommy Broten 2, Corey Stormer 2), 2:21 … (2) NU: James Spaargaren 2 (Gimberlin 3, Hutson Collins 1), 8:12 PP. PENALTIES: (1) NU: Jacob Zowin (tripping-minor, 2 minutes), 5:30 … (2) W: Jeremiah Konkel (slashing-minor, 2 minutes), 7:37 … (3) NU: Collins (interference-minor, 2 minutes), 10:47 … (4) W: Ethan Light (interference-minor, 2 minutes), 12:56 … (5) W: Tanner Hallett (tripping-minor, 2 minutes), 14:56 … (6) NU: Spaargaren (interference-minor, 2 minutes), 15:49
SECOND PERIOD – (3) NU: Stormer 3 (Gimberlin 4, Davis Smidt 1), 2:55 … (4) W: Drew Sandy 1 (Ethan Light 3, Ben Johnson 3), 4:54 … (5) W: Louis Anders 1 (Brady O’Brien 3, Jack Willis 3), 13:22 … (6) NU: Zach Maillette 1 (Zowin 2, Spaargaren 1), 15:33. PENALTIES: (7) NU: Spaargaren (slashing-minor, 2 minutes), 0:50 … (8) NU: Stormer (boarding-minor, 2 minutes), 7:24 … (9) W: Cole Wigestrand (boarding-minor, 2 minutes), 10:06 … (10) NU: Spaargaren (slashing-minor, 2 minutes), 11:19
THIRD PERIOD – (7) NU: Tommy Michelsen 1 (Brandon Swenson 4, John Klus 1), 12:47 … (8) W: Jack Willis 3 (Owen Thomas 4), 18:18 PP. PENALTIES: (11) W: Konkel (tripping-minor, 2 minutes), 7:21 … (12) W: O’Brien (interference-minor, 2 minutes), 10:26 … (13) NU: Teddy Lillico (slashing-minor, 2 minutes), 18:15.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – New Ulm: Griffin Foster 23/26 … Willmar: Cooper Olson 30/35