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Junior Hockey: Willmar breaks through in third period

WarHawks get a pair of third-period goals in 5-3 win over New Ulm

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

WILLMAR — The Willmar WarHawks broke open a tie game with two third-period goals to beat the New Ulm Steel Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center

Enzo Tarducci and Blake Keller scored goals for Willmar in the third period.

Tarducci, a defenseman from Novi, Michigan, has four goals and 11 assists in 39 games for the WarHawks.

Keller, a forward from St. Cloud, had a goal and two assists in two games with Willmar after playing 39 games for the Minnesota Loons, where he had 17 goals and 23 assists.

Willmar has a pair of home games this week, with the Alexandria Blizzard on Friday and the Minnesota Loons on Saturday. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

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Willmar 5, New Ulm 3

New Ulm (10-30-0)         1     2     0 — 3
Willmar (25-14-1)           1     2     2 — 5
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) W: Nolan Grier 11 (Michael Sweetland 19, Will Anderson 7), 11:15 … (2) NU: Gus Cantwell 12 (Harrison Albrecht 14, Jack Laser 15), 12:58. PENALTIES: (1) W: Jake Hosszu (high sticking-minor, 2 min), 19:54.
SECOND PERIOD –  (3) W: Marcus Mack 11 (Blake Keller 25, Nickita Moiseev 2), 2:17 … (4) NU: Cantwell 13 (Lahoussine Salama 9, Laser 16), 9:38 PP … (5) NU: Laser 10 (Salama 10), 12:46 … (6) W: Tate Hammitt 6 (Anderson 8), 13:47 SH. PENALTIES: (2) W: Hosszu (holding-minor, 2 min), 8:48 … (3) NU: Zach Dalzell (elbowing-minor, 2 min), 11:31 … (4) W: Tyler Misialek (roughing-minor, 2 min), 19:01.
THIRD PERIOD – (7) W: Enzo Tarducci 4 (Mason Hendrickson 5, Hammitt 25), 11:02 … (8) W: Keller 18 (Moiseev 3, Hosszu 1), 13:49. PENALTIES: (5) NU: Salama (fighting-major, 5 min), 3:08 … (6) NU: Salama (fighting-ejection, 20 min), 3:08 … (7) W: Anderson (fighting-major, 5 min), 3:08 … (8) W: Anderson (fighting-ejection, 20 min), 3:08.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – New Ulm: Nolan Lacosse 17/22 … Willmar: Cooper Olson 62/65.

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