The Willmar WarHawks struggled against the Granite City Lumberjacks allowing Logan Neu and Matt Moran to score hat tricks as Willmar crushed Granite City 13-1 in a home game at Willmar Civic Center Arena in Willmar. Besides, Kaden Ericson came up big, stopping 24 of 33 shots throughout the game. The Granite City Lumberjacks took the lead before the halfway point in the first on a goal from Brandon Bissett and never looked back.
Jordan Olson had a busy night with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Braden Altena contributed with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists).
In the first period, Sommers opened the scoring for the Lumberjacks with a goal at 3:22 with a helper from Schwehr. Bissett deposited what turned out to be the game winning goal at 6:00. Neu quickly followed with a goal at 6:52 with helpers from his linemates, Bissett and Dibari. Olson put in a goal at 10:13 with assists from Altena and Neu. Neu netted a goal at 14:13 with helpers from teammates Olson and Baker. Neu quickly followed with a goal at 14:57 with assists from his linemates, Dibari and Bissett. Sikich deposited a goal at 18:17 with helpers from his linemates, Dahl and Altena.
During the second period, Dibari scored a goal at 8:38 with assists from Neu and Olson. Moran quickly followed with a goal at 9:47 with a helper from defenseman Olson. Moran put in a goal at 18:08 with an assist from Schwehr. Holt quickly followed with a goal at 18:53 with helpers from his linemates, Bauman and Voss.
During the third, Schwehr answered for the Lumberjacks with a goal at 3:52 with assists from his linemates, Moran and Sommers. Moran deposited a goal at 14:41 with helpers from Sommers and Baker. Altena scored a goal at 16:57 with assists from Sikich and Olson.
This loss brings the Willmar WarHawks’ record to (22-20-4-0).