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.

Willmar Warhawks

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.


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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