EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct the game location of the next WarHawks game. The team's final home game of the season will be played at 7:10 p.m. in Willmar.



WILLMAR — The Willmar WarHawks’ dominance over the New Ulm Steel continues.

With a 4-1 victory Friday night in the home finale at the Willmar Civic Center, the WarHawks are now 7-0 against the Steel this season with a 35-12 scoring advantage in their NA3HL junior hockey games.

After a quiet first period, Willmar scored 90 seconds into the second with Dylan Gajewski’s 13th goal of the year. Kaleb Miller followed up with his fourth goal at the 12-minute mark.

New Ulm cut the deficit to one after Ryler Schelle notched a short-handed goal 55 seconds into the third before the WarHawks closed the game out with scores from Nate Cox and Ben Luedtke.

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Miller finished the game with a goal, an assist and a plus-2 in plus-minus rating. In goal, Lukas Haugen had 25 saves in the victory.

While they didn’t score in the first, the WarHawks’ offense set the tone right away with a 26-7 edge in shots on goal. The final tally was 57-26 in favor of Willmar.

Willmar will have one more game against the Steel: in the season finale March 28 at New Ulm.

The WarHawks have their final home game with the Alexandria Blizzard at 7:10 p.m. Sunday, March 21. Willmar then wraps up the season with three road games: March 24 at Granite City, March 27 at Alexandria and March 28 at New Ulm.

Willmar WarHawks forward Isaiah Thomas makes a charge at the net during a game against the New Ulm Steel on Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Willmar Civic Center. 

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Willmar WarHawks forward Isaiah Thomas makes a charge at the net during a game against the New Ulm Steel on Friday, March 19, 2021 at the Willmar Civic Center. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Willmar 4,

New Ulm 1

New Ulm (6-25-4) 0 0 1 — 1
Willmar (19-17-0) 0 2 2 — 4
FIRST PERIOD – No goals. PENALTIES: No penalties.
SECOND PERIOD – (1) W: Dylan Gajewski 13 (Lewis Rowan 14), 1:30 … (2) W: Kaleb Miller 4 (Elbridge DeKraai 8, Jonah Jangula 5), 12:00 … . PENALTIES: (1) NU: Jake Saver (roughing-minor, 2 min), 14:45 … (2) NU: Nate Looft (slashing-minor, 2 min), 18:58.
THIRD PERIOD – (3) NU: Ryler Schelle 2 (James Spaargaren 12), 0:55 SH … (4) W: Nate Cox 1 (DeKraai 9), 4:51 … (5) W: Ben Luedtke 2 (Jack Willis 22), 19:49. PENALTIES: (3) NU: Saver (goalie interference-minor, 2 min), 2:11 … (4) W: Rowan (roughing-minor, 2 min), 12:10 … (5) W: Jeremiah Konkel (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 12:56 … (6) NU: Josh Delange (too many men-minor, 2 min), 17:26.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – New Ulm: Griffin Foster 53/57 … Willmar: Lukas Haugen 25/26