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Junior hockey: WarHawks fall to Toros after rough third period

Willmar allows three Mason City goals late in 6-3 loss in an NA3HL game.

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MASON CITY, Iowa — The Mason City Toros scored three third-period goals that doomed the Willmar WarHawks on Thursday night.

Goals by Nik Howell, Dillon Schmidt and Carter Newpower broke up a tie and gave Mason City a 6-3 win over the WarHawks before 370 fans in the NA3HL game at mason City Arena.

Newpower, a forward from Cottage Grove, ended up with a hat trick for Mason City.

The Toros led 2-0 before Willmar got on the board at 19:05 of the first period. Norm Grier netted his seventh goal of the season with assists from Anthony Foster and Ben Luedtke. Grier is a forward from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Mason City went up 4-1 before Willmar answered with goals from Foster and Jordan Fjosne. It was Foster’s fourth goal of the season and Fjosne’s first. Foster is a forward from Warroad. Fjosne is a forward from Moose Lake playing his fourth game of the season with Willmar.

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Mason City goaltender Erik Chaffe had 29 saves. He also was credited with an assist on the Toros’ second goal.

Thursday’s game was the first of three in a row for the WarHawks. Willmar is host to the Granite City Lumberjacks at 7:10 p.m. Friday at the Willmar Civic Center Arena. The Warhawks then play the Minnesota Loons at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Breezy Point.

Mason City 6, Willmar 3

Willmar (6-5-1) 1 2 0 — 3
Mason City (8-4-1) 2 1 3 — 6
FIRST PERIOD – (1) MC: Sota Isogai 6 (Carter Newpower, Jack Campion) 5:57 … (2) MC: Newpower 9 (Colin Hedland, Erik Chaffe) 15:13 … (3) W: Nolan Grier 7 (Anthony Foster, Ben Luedtke) 19:05 ... PENALTIES: none
SECOND PERIOD – (4) MC: Newpower 10 (Rex Staudacher) 8:11 … (5) W: Foster 4 (Grier, Tate Hammitt) 11:15, PP … (6) W: Jordan Fjosne 1 (Teddy Kluesner, Gunnar Sibley) 12:19 . PENALTIES: (1) MC: Andy Larsen (elbowing-minor, 2 minutes) 3:55 … (2) MC: Ryan Kaspar (interference-minor, 2 min) 9:49 … (3) MC: Blake Polifka (cross checking-minor, 2 min) 12:19 … (4) W: Grier (holding-minor, 2 min) 18:30
THIRD PERIOD – (7) MC: Nik Howell 1 (Shota Kaneko, Dillon Schmidt) 2:53 … (8) MC: Schmidt 5 (Kaneko, Howell) 17:42 … (9) MC: Newpower 11 (Campion) 17:49 … PENALTIES: (5) MC: Staudacher (cross checking-minor, 2 min) 10:15
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – W: Cooper Olson 19/25 … MC: Chaffe 29/32

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