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Junior Hockey: WarHawks tumble in overtime to Toros

Willmar surrenders a late lead to fall 4-3 at Mason City

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MASON CITY, Iowa — Carter Newpower scored at 1:02 of overtime to lift the Mason City Toros past the Willmar WarHawks in an NA3HL game on Sunday.

Newpower finished with a goal and two assists for Mason City. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound forward from Cottage Grove has 15 goals and 39 assists in 33 games. He’s also the Toros’ captain.

Willmar built a 3-2 second-period lead with three goals. Jake Hosszu scored on the power play and then Luke McCarthy gave the WarHawks a 2-1 lead at 4:39. After Matt Kochanowski tied it up for Mason City, Sam Holm scored a shorthanded goal at 19:05, getting assists from McCarthy and Jordan Fields.

The game was played before 350 fans at the Mason City Arena.

Willmar plays the Granite City Lumberjacks at 7:10 p.m. Friday at the Willmar Civic Arena. The WarHawks then face the Minnesota Loons at 7;30 p.m. Saturday at the Breezy Point Hockey Center.

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Sunday

Mason City 4, Willmar 3, OT

Willmar (14-17-2-0) 0     3     0     0 — 3
Mason City (20-14-1-0) 1     1     1     1 — 4
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) MC: Dakota Lenz (Carter Newpower, Colin Hedland), 16:46 PP. PENALTIES: (1) MC: Lenz (tripping-minor), 4:34 … (2) W: bench (delay of game-minor), 15:06 … (3) W: Nik Johnson (roughing-minor), 18:20 … (4) MC: Andy Larsen (unsportsmanlike-minor), 18:20 … (5) MC: Andrew Ralston (high sticking-minor), 18:20.
SECOND PERIOD –  (2) W: Jake Hosszu (Braydon Buckingham, Luke McCarthy), 1:38 PP … (3) W: McCarthy (Rory Smith, Caleb Roehrich), 4:39 … (4) MC: Matt Kochanowski (Luke Robertson, Larsen), 10:01 … (5) W: Sam Holm (McCarthy, Jordan Fields), 19:05 SH. PENALTIES: (6) MC: Jordan Newpower (high sticking-minor), 1:05 … (7) W: Hosszu (cross checking-minor), 11:41 … (8) MC: Hedland (hooking-minor) 13:07 … (9) W: Tyler Misialek (holding-minor), 18:14.
THIRD PERIOD – (6) MC: Hedland (Newpower, Lenz), 13:59. PENALTIES: (10) W: Buckingham (high sticking-minor), 0:40 … (11) W: Rory Smith (holding-minor), 1:22 … (12) MC: Hayden Siegel (tripping-minor), 2:44 … (13) MC: Kochanowski (checking from behind-minor), 4:32 … (14) W: Johnson (slashing-minor), 7:07 … (15) W: Misialek (holding-minor), 12:40 … (16) MC: Laurila (high sticking-minor), 14:10 … (17) MC: Kochanowski (cross checking, minor), 16:44.
OVERTIME – (7) MC: Newpower (Zachary Laurila, Ralston), 1:02. PENALTIES: No penalties.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Zackary Ortolano 18/22 … Mason City: Connor Graham 26/29

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Saturday

Willmar 4, Alexandria 1

Gunnar Sibley scored a pair of goals in the Willmar WarHawks’ victory over the Alexandria Blizzard before 1,929 fans at Alexandria’s Runestone Community Center.

Sibley’s second goal came short-handed at 18:35 of the third period and was scored into an empty net. Sibley is a 6-foot, 200-pound forward from Monticello who has 11 goals and eight assists in 33 games.

Willmar 1     1     2 — 4
Alexandria 1     0     0 — 1
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) W: Gunnar Sibley 10 (Sam Holm, Caleb Roehrich) 3:00 .. (2) A: Charlie Larsen 6 (Sean Kenny, Joe Gronholz) 17:54. PENALTIES: (1) A: Matt McIntyre (boarding-minor, 2 min) 15:28 … (2) W: Luke McCarthy (cross checking-minor, 2 min) 19:29.
SECOND PERIOD –  (3) W: Jordan Fields (McCarthy) 4:38. PENALTIES: (3) A: Wyatt Johnson (high stocking-minor, 2 min) 5:08 … (4) W: Jake Hosszu (cross checking-minor, 2 min) 12:03 … (5) W: Braydon Buckingham (roughing-minor, 2 min) 13:51.
THIRD PERIOD – (4) W: Sibley 11 (Hosszu) 18:35, EN, SH … (5) W: McCarthy 7 (Buckingham) 19:14, EN, SH …  PENALTIES: (6) W: Holm (tripping-minor, 2 min) 4:45 … (7) W: Spencer Bergman (roughing-minor, 2 min) 7:45 … (8) A: Erick Sanborn (roughing-minor, 2 min) 7:45 … (9) W: Jordan Fields (checking-minor, 2 min) … (10) W: Fields (slashing-minor, 2 min) 19:59.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Zackary Ocrtolano 29/30 … Alexandria: Alex Lamont 36/39.

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.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.
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