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Junior Hockey: Two-goal third sends Willmar home a winner

Keller, Foster each score late in WarHawks' 4-2 win at Alexandria

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

ALEXANDRIA — With two goals in the third period, the Willmar WarHawks pulled away for a 4-2 NA3HL junior hockey win over the Alexandria Blizzard on Saturday at the Runestone Community Center.

Tied 2-2 after two periods, Willmar took the lead for good on Blake Keller’s 20th goal of the season at 1 minute, 44 seconds. He is a forward from St. Cloud. Then with 41 seconds to play, Anthony Foster scored an empty-netter for his second goal of the game. Foster is a forward from Warroad.

The WarHawks’ first goal of the game came from Nickita Moiseev at 6:04 of the second period. It was the first goal of the season for the forward from Birmingham, Michigan.

Willmar and Alexandria meet again at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Civic Center.

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Willmar 4, Alexandria 2

Willmar (28-14-1)                0     2     2 — 4
Alexandria (23-19-1)           1     1     0 — 2
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) A: Ethan Moerke 14 (Erick Sanborn 8, Kaden Peterson 29), 19:04. PENALTIES: (1) W: Collin Kerchoff (roughing-minor, 2 min), 0:12 … (2) A: Peterson (roughing-minor, 2 min), 0:12.
SECOND PERIOD –  (2) W: Nickita Moiseev 1 (Mason Hendrickson 7), 6:04 … (3) A: Wyatt Johnson 5 (Alex Heidenreich 22, Gavin Carlson 5), 10:22 … (4) W: Anthony Foster 16 (Jeremiah Konkel 25), 18:45 SH. PENALTIES: (3) W: Blake Keller (roughing-minor, 2 min), 2:49 … (4) W: Marcus Mack (roughing-minor, 2 min), 10:22 … (5) A: Heidenreich (roughing-minor, 2 min), 10:22 … (6) W: Samuel Miller (roughing-minor, 2 min), 15:26 … (7) A: Zachary DeMarce (roughing-minor, 2 min), 15:26 … (8) W: Ethan Mock (high sticking-minor, 2 min), 16:38 … (9) W: Michael Sweetland (roughing-minor, 2 min), 16:38 … (10) A: Wyatt Johnson (roughing-minor, 2 min), 16:38 … (11) W: Tate Hammitt (cross checking-minor 2 min), 17:34.
THIRD PERIOD – (5) W: Keller 20 (Foster 30, Konkel 26), 1:44 … (6) W: Foster 17 (Ben Luedtke 23, Konkel 27), 19:19 EN. PENALTIES: (12) A: DeMarce (cross checking-major, 5 min), 2:18 … (13) W: Sweetland (fighting-major, 5 min), 3:27 … (14) A: Heidenreich (fighting-major, 5 min), 3:27 … (15) A: Sanborn (roughing-minor, 2 min), 3:27 … (16) W: Foster (roughing-minor, 2 min), 6:27 … (17) A: Brady Goff (roughing-minor, 2 min), 6:27 … (18) W: Nolan Grier (fighting-major, 5 min), 13:15 … (19) A: Sanborn (fighting-major, 5 min), 13:15 … (20) W: Elbridge DeKraai (fighting-major, 5 min), 14:19 … (21) A: Kyle Mischke (fighting-major, 5 min), 14:19.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Will Kunka 33/35 … Alexandria: Joey Greilich 42/45.

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