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Junior Hockey: WarHawks make it 2 in a row

Willmar beats New Ulm 6-1 in the second of four games in four days

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Willmar Warhawks

WILLMAR — The Willmar WarHawks’ stretch of four games in four days has so far been fruitful.

After a victory against North Iowa on Thursday, Willmar notched another win Friday, beating the New Ulm Steel 6-1 at the Willmar Civic Center.

Lewis Rowan and Isaiah Thomas both had first-period goals for the WarHawks in the NA3HL game, followed by tallies by Jack Willis and Ethan Light in the second. In the third, Brady O’Brien got his first two goals of the season.

Cole Wigestrand, Gavin Uckele and Ethan Mock all had two assists in the victory.

Goaltender Will Pinney had 16 saves for Willmar, which outshot New Ulm 58-17.

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The Steel’s lone goal came in the second period from Ryler Schelle.

Willmar is host to the West Division-leading North Iowa Bulls at 8:10 p.m. Saturday. The two teams play again at 7:10 p.m. Sunday in Willmar.

Willmar 6,
New Ulm 1

New Ulm (5-21-3) 0 1 0 — 1
Willmar (16-15-0) 2 2 2 — 6
FIRST PERIOD – (1) W: Lewis Rowan 11 (Jack Willis 20, Gavin Uckele 8), 10:06 … (2) W: Isaiah Thomas 5 (Ben Johnson 9, Rowan 11), 10:59. PENALTIES: (1) W: Johnson (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 1:39 … (2) W: Elbridge DeKraai (tripping-minor, 2 min), 12:48 … (3) NU: Parker Dorn (roughing-minor, 2 min), 15:05.
SECOND PERIOD – (3) W: Willis 7 (unassisted), 5:33 … (4) W: Ethan Light 6 (Ethan Mock 5, Uckele 9), 9:33 … (5) NU: Ryler Schelle 1 (James Spaargaren 9, Zach Maillette 5), 12:46. PENALTIES: (4) W: Tanner Hallett (tripping-minor, 2 min), 8:06 … (5) NU: Dorn (interference-minor, 2 min), 8:34 … (6) NU: Tommy Broten (fighting instigator-minor, 2 min), 14:15 … (7) W: Ben Johnson (fighting-major, 5 min) … (8) W: Kaleb Miller (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 19:01
THIRD PERIOD – (6) W: Brady O’Brien 1 (Cole Wigestrand 11, Jordan Fjosne 1), 11:13 … (7) W: O’Brien 2 (Mock 6, Wigestrand 12), 14:43. PENALTIES: (9) NU: Noah Rauschenberger (slashing-minor, 2 min), 5:07 … (10) NU: Joey Gimberlin (slashing-minor, 2 min), 6:31 … (11) NU: Broten (unsportsmanlike conduct-10 minute misconduct, 10 min), 19:46 … (12) NU: Broten (fighting-ejection, 20 min), 19:46 … (13) W: Jack Willis (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 19:46 … (14) W: Willis (fighting-major, 5 min), 19:46 … (15) W: Willis (unsportsmanlike conduct-10 minute misconduct, 10 min), 19:46.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – New Ulm: Zach Foster 52/58 … Willmar: Will Pinney 16/17.

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