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Junior Hockey: New Ulm Steel surge past Willmar WarHawks for win

New Ulm scores 3 goals in 3rd period to beat Willmar, 6-3

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The logo of the new Willmar WarHawks, a NA3HL junior hockey franchise.
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WILLMAR — With three unanswered goals in the third period, the New Ulm Steel put away the Willmar WarHawks on Friday night.

Led by a hat trick from Gus Cantwell, New Ulm secured a 6-3 win in the NA3HL West Division at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.

Cantwell, a 5-foot-9 forward from St. Paul, has 20 goals this season for the Steel. Two of his goals on Friday came in the third period. The other came from Bryce Hall, who got the run going with his third tally of the season.

The WarHawks built a 2-0 first-period lead with goals from Blaise Schutt and Christian Kankelfritz. Schutt is a 5-foot-11 forward from Elk River. Kankelfritz is a 6-3 forward from Fargo, North Dakota.

Down 3-2 in the second period, Willmar tied it up with 1 minute, 25 seconds left before intermission on an unassisted goal from Tyler Misialek. Misialek, a 5-7 forward from Fargo, has 10 goals this season.

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Willmar faces New Ulm again at 7:10 p.m. Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

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New Ulm 6, Willmar 3

New Ulm (12-17-3-1)          0     3     3 — 6
Willmar (13-16-1-0)            2     1     0 — 3
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) W: Blaise Schutt 6 (Christian Kankelfritz 6, Jamers Leach 4), 9:09 … (2) W: Kankelfritz 5 (Braydon Buckingham 13), 13:01. PENALTIES: (1) W: Tyler Misialek (tripping-minor, 2 min), 3:01 … (2) W: Misialek (tripping-minor, 2 min), 16:18 … (3) NU: Lehoussine Salama (roughing-minor, 2 min), 19:48 … (4) W: Luc Corbin (roughing-minor, 2 min), 19:48. 
SECOND PERIOD –  (3) NU: Griffin Lennes 6 (unassisted), 1:35 … (4) NU: Aidan Swee 4 (unassisted), 8:25 … (5) NU: Gus Cantwell 18 (Nicholas O’Brien 19, Conner Souza 6), 13:04 … (6) W: Misialek 10 (unassisted), 18:35. PENALTIES: (5) NU: Souza (unsportsmanlike conduct-minor, 2 min), 12:14 … (6) W: Owen Johnston (interference-minor, 2 min), 12:14. 
THIRD PERIOD – (7) NU: Bryce Hall 3 (Souza 7, O’Brien 20), 5:04 … (8) NU: Cantwell 19 (Charlie Kielty 11, Jack Laser 16), 7:52 … (9) NU: Cantwell 20 (unassisted), 18:05. PENALTIES: (7) NU: Cantwell (hooking-minor, 2 min), 2:17 … (8) NU: Laser (cross-checking-minor, 2 min), 16:40.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – New Ulm: Dixon Ehlers 38/41 … Willmar: Michael D’Orazio 29/35.

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