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Junior hockey: WarHawks win a thriller at New Ulm

Jeremiah Konkel supplies the game-winner in Willmar's 4-3 victory in overtime.

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NEW ULM — Jeremiah Konkel provided the game-winner in overtime to lead the Willmar WaHawks to a 4-3 victory over the New Ulm Steel on Thursday night in an NA3HL game.

Konkel scored his 24th goal of the season at 2:57 of the extra period to lift the WarHawks. His goal was assisted by Ben Luedtke and Jake Hosszu. Konkel is a forward in his second season with Willmar from Bloomington. He also had 28 assists in 42 games this season.

The WarHawks also got goals from Marcus Mack, Michael Sweetland and Ethan Mock.

Willmar took a 1-0 lead through one period on Mack’s 12th goal of the season.

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New Ulm answered with goals by Griffin Lennes and Zachary Maret in the second.

Sweetland then got his second goal of the game 30 seconds into the third period to tie it up. Mock scored at 6:04 to give the WarHawks the lead. That lasted until Loahoussine Salama’s goal at 16:35 tied it back up for the Steel.

Cooper Olson stopped 37 of 40 shots to earn the win in net. Nolan Lacosse had 55 saves for New Ulm.

Friday’s game was the first of three in a row for Willmar. The WarHawks host the Steel at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.

Willmar 4, New Ulm 3 (OT)

Willmar (30-14-1)            1     0     2     1 — 4
New Ulm (10-35-0)          0     2     1     0 — 3
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) W: Marcus Mack 12 (Elbridge DeKraai, Michael Sweetland) 16:43. PENALTIES: (1) NU: Zach Dalzell (interference-minor, 2 min) 5:55 … (2) W: Ben Luedtke (tripping-minor, 2 min) 10:27.
SECOND PERIOD –  (2) NU: Griffin Lennes 4 (Gus Cantwell, Lahoussine Salama) 11:41, PP … (3) NU: Zachary Maret 3 (Landen Schwantes) 13:33, PP. PENALTIES: (3) W: Samuel Miller (hooking-minor, 2 min) 11:38 … (4) W: Brady O’Brien (cross checking-minor, 2 min) 13:10.
THIRD PERIOD – (4) W: Sweetland 11 (O’Brien) :30 … (5) W: Ethan Mock 5 (unassisted) 6:04 … (6) NU: Salama (Jack Laser) 16:35 … PENALTIES: (5) W: Tyler Misialek (roughing-minor, 2 min) 14:39 … (6) NU: Teddy Kluesner (roughing-minor, 2 min) 14:39 … (7) W: Mock (head contact-minor, 2 min) … (8) NU: Schwantes (high sticking-minor, 2 min) 18:24.
OVERTIME – (3) Jeremiah Konkel 24 (Luedtke, Jake Hosszu) 2:57. PENALTIES: none.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Cooper Olson 37/40 … NU: Nolan Lacosse  55/59

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