Kaden Ericson came up big, stopping 24 of 31 shots throughout the game. The New Ulm Steel took the lead before the halfway point in the second on a goal from Jack Parks.
Jacob Berkowitz chipped in with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and Keegan Bauman contributed with 2 assists. Zach Heiser did his part, adding 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and Austin Langworthy delivered for his team with 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist).
In the first period, Heiser opened the scoring for the Steel with a goal at 11:20 with helpers from Coppock and Nagel. Berkowitz answered for the WarHawks with a goal at 14:22 with helpers from his linemates, Dixon and Bauman. Nagel answered for New Ulm with a goal at 17:53 with an assist from defenseman Heiser.
During the second period, Parks deposited what turned out to be the game winning goal at 11:06 with an assist from defenseman Woytcke. Holt quickly followed with a goal at 12:00 with helpers from his linemates, Berkowitz and Bauman. Langworthy answered for the Steel with a goal at 16:21 with assists from teammates Nagel and Heiser. Reilly quickly followed with a goal at 16:51 with helpers from his linemates, Cammarata and Johnson.
In the third, Kreuser put in a goal at 0:15 with assists from his linemates, Smith and Langworthy. Mehlhop deposited a goal at 15:31 with helpers from his linemates, Nagel and Coppock.
This loss brings the Willmar WarHawks’ record to (20-18-4-0).