Luke Fry came up big, stopping 4 of 8 shots throughout the game. The New Ulm Steel took the lead late in the first on a goal from Sam Storlie and never looked back.
Max Oelkers did his part, adding 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist). Ryan Smith delivered for his team with 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and Alex Nagel contributed with 2 assists.
In the first period, Kjome opened the scoring for the Steel with a goal at 7:30 with helpers from teammates Smith and Oare. Coppock put in a goal at 18:06 with a helper from Nagel. Storlie quickly followed with what turned out to be the game winning goal at 18:47 with assists from Smith and Reilly.
During the second period, Smith netted a goal at 0:19 with a helper from defenseman Woytcke. Oelkers quickly followed with a goal at 2:13 with assists from Gilbert and Shea. Kraus answered for the Steel with a goal at 5:30 with a helper from Nagel. Bauman answered for Willmar with a goal at 19:20 with assists from his linemates, Martin and Oelkers.
This loss brings the Willmar WarHawks’ record to (7-5-1-0).