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Junior Hockey: Willmar nabs another win over Alexandria

WarHawks beat Blizzard 7-6 Saturday at Alexandria

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The logo of the new Willmar WarHawks, a NA3HL junior hockey franchise.

ALEXANDRIA — The Willmar WarHawks are now 3-1 this season against the Alexandria Blizzard after securing a 7-6 victory in NA3HL junior hockey action Saturday at the Runestone Community Center in Alexandria.

Down 4-3 through two periods, the WarHawks scored the first four goals of the third. Anthony Foster, Michael Sweetland, Jeremiah Konkel and Elbridge DeKraai tallied those third-period scores for Willmar.

Sweetland finished with two goals while Konkel and Marcus Mack each had a goal and an assist. Ben Luedtke and Braden Fairbanks both had two assists in the victory. Between the pipes, Will Kunka made 27 saves, improving his season record to 3-2-0.

The WarHawks and Blizzard will match up again Wednesday back in Alexandria.

Willmar 7,
Alexandria 6

Willmar (8-8-1) 2 1 4 — 7
Alexandria (9-8-0) 1 3 2 — 6
FIRST PERIOD – (1) W: Shawn Ohlenschlager van Coller 1 (Ben Luedtke 9, Misialek 4) 5:49 … (2) W: Michael Sweetland 3 (Tate Hammitt 11) 15:26 … (3) A: Alex Heienreich 5 (Cole Klingbeil 6) 16:49. PENALTIES: (1) A: Zachary DeMarce (tripping-minor, 2 min) 0:06.
SECOND PERIOD – (4) W: Marcus Mack 5 (Braden Fairbanks 4) 13:49 … (5) A: DeMarce 5 (Justin Wasvick 5, Matt McIntyre 3) 15:26 … (6) A: McIntyre 7 (Kaden Peterson 14, Ryan Hadland 8) 19:20 PP … (7) A: Hadland (Wyatt Jonson 8, Sean Kenny 14) 19:45. PENALTIES: (2) A: Kenny (tripping-minor, 2 min) … (3) W: Jeremiah Konkel (tripping-minor, 2 min) 18:50.
THIRD PERIOD – (8) W: Anthony Foster 6 (Konkel 11) 3:42 … (9) W: Sweetland 4 (Elbridge DeKraai 8, Collin Kerchoff 12) 6:02 … (10) W: Konkel 11 (Fairbanks 5, Mack 7) 6:25 … (11) W: DeKraai 6 (Luedtke 10, Brady O’Brien 12) 11:00 SH … (12) A: Wasvick 3 (Wyatt Johnson 9, Cole Klingbeil 7) 11:55 PP … (13) A: Klingbeil 9 (unassisted) 14:04 . PENALTIES: (4) W: DeKraai (roughing-minor, 2 min) 0:38 … (5) A: Johnson (roughing-minor, 2 min) 0:38 … (6) W: Kerchoff (cross checking-minor, 2 min) 10:04 … (7) W: Gunnar Sibley (unsportsmanlike conduct, 10 min) 20:00 … (8) A: Johnson (unsportsmanlike conduct, 10 min) 20:00.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Will Kunka 27/33 … Alexandria: Bailey Rosch 36/43.
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