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Junior hockey: WarHawks make it eight straight

Willmar beats Mason City 4-0 to keep its winning streak alive

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WILLMAR — The hot play the Willmar WarHawks showed at the end of 2021 has carried over into 2022.

In the first game of the new year, Willmar got its eighth straight victory in a 4-0 NA3HL win over the Mason City Toros on Friday at the Willmar Civic Center.

It was also the WarHawks’ fourth straight win by shutout. In net, Will Kunka made 31 saves. It is the fourth straight shutout victory for the Moorhead native, who has not given up a goal since Nov. 20 against Alexandria, saving 106 consecutive pucks.

It didn’t take long for Willmar’s offense to find its footing as Patrick Wyers scored his 12th goal of the season at 1 minute, 10 seconds.

Then in the second period, Tate Hammitt, a defenseman from Bemidji, scored his first goal of the season with a power-play tally at 1:26. He also had a hand in both of the WarHawks’ third period goals, which came from Jeremiah Konkel and Brady O’Brien.

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At 3 p.m. Saturday, Willmar and Mason City will face off again as the Toros play host in Mason City.

Willmar 4,
Mason City 0

Mason City (22-9-1) 0 0 0 — 0
Willmar (18-10-1) 1 1 2 — 4
FIRST PERIOD – (1) W: Patrick Wyers 12 (Collin Kerchoff 21, Samuel Miller 13), 1:10. PENALTIES: (1) W: Teddy Kluesner (hooking-minor, 2 min), 11:40 … (2) MC: Cullen Hogan (roughing-minor, 2 min), 20:00.
SECOND PERIOD – (2) W: Tate Hammitt 1 (Anthony Foster 19, Brady O’Brien 21), 1:26 PP. PENALTIES: (3) W: Jordan Fjosne (tripping-minor, 2 min), 4:48 … (4) W: Michael Sweetland (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 13:50 … (5) MC: Colin Hedland (roughing-minor, 2 min).
THIRD PERIOD – (3) W: Jeremiah Konkel 19 (O’Brien 22, Hammitt 18), 10:51 … (4) W: O’Brien 5 (Hammitt 19, Foster 20), 19:59 PP. PENALTIES: (6) MC: Sota Isogai (tripping-minor, 2 min), 3:34 … (7) W: Sweetland (slashing-minor, 2 min), 6:27 … (8) MC: Drake Adams (roughing-minor, 2 min), 12:55 … (9) W: Ben Luedtke (roughing-minor, 2 min), 12:55 … (10) W: Enzo Tarducci (interference-minor, 2 min), 12:55 … (11) MC: Hedland (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 17:14 … (12) W: Patrick Wyers (slashing-minor, 2 min), 17:14 … (13) MC: Adams (holding-minor, 2 min), 19:31.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – MC: Owen Carlson 31/35 … W: Will Kunka 31/31

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