Junior Hockey: Quick start paces Willmar WarHawks, 5-4

Willmar beats the Butte Cobras in NA3HL Showcase at the National Sports Center in Blaine

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BLAINE — The WarHawks utilized a two-goal first period en route to a 5-4 victory over the Butte Cobras on Tuesday in the 2022 NA3HL Showcase.

Willmar forwards Tyler Misialek and Blaise Schutt both found the back of the net twice in the win. Misialek has nine goals in 22 games. Schutt has four goals in four games since joining the WarHawks on Dec. 14.

Misialek and Schutt both found the back of the net in the first period to give Willmar a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. Schutt’s second goal of the contest was the game-winner.

Three other WarHawks notched multi-point performances. Christian Kankelfritz, Sam Holm and Braydon Buckingham each had two assists.

Zachary Ortolano, a goaltender from Las Vegas, Nevada, made 25 saves on 29 shots faced for Willmar.


The WarHawks (11-14-1-0) are off until January. Willmar next plays at 7:10 p.m. Jan. 6 against the Granite City Lumberjacks at the Willmar Civic Center.

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Willmar 5, Butte 4

Willmar (11-14-1-0)          2     2     1 — 5
Butte (14-12-1)                 0     3     1 — 4

FIRST PERIOD –  (1) W: Tyler Misialek (Denys Honcharenko, Michael Sweetland), 3:30 … (2) W: Blaise Schutt (Braydon Buckingham, Christian Kankelfritz), 6:06. PENALTIES: (1) W: Sam Holm, hooking, 10:33

SECOND PERIOD –  (3) W: Luc Corbin (Holm), 7:35 SH … (4) B: Luke Schleusner (Kazden Stineff, Cade Wessman), 12:01 … (5) B: Nick Bradshaw (Schleusner, Wessman), 12:49 … (6) W: Misialek (Troy Landschoot, Holm), 13:48 … (7) B: Patrick Crooks (Tamer Billman), 18:12. PENALTIES: (2) W: Luke McCarthy, roughing, 6:41 … (3) B: Caleb Cross, delay of game, 7:45 … (4) W: Gavin Simon, slashing, 7:56 … (5) W: Misialek, too many men, 12:01.

THIRD PERIOD – (8) W: Schutt (Kankelfritz, Buckingham), 11:56 … (9) B: Schleusner (unassisted), 16:45 PP. PENALTIES: (6) W: Sweetland, unsportsmanlike conduct, 13:31 … (7) Corbin, unsportsmanlike conduct, 14:43 … (8) W: Sweetland, roughing, 16:10.GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Zachary Ortolano 25/29 … Butte: Cross 35/40

Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in May 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

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