The Willmar Warhawks came into Friday night against Granite City riding a three-game winning streak, but couldn’t keep it going suffering a 4-2 loss. The 1st period went scoreless but it wasn’t from a lack of shots. Cooper Olson made 21 saves for the Warhawks in that opening period, while his counterpart Bailey Huber stopped 17. The game opened up in the 2nd period, in total contrast from the first period, seeing Granite City score 3 goals on 4 shots and Willmar scoring twice on 3 shots. Ethan Light opened up the scoring with his 3rd of the year about three minutes in with Dylan Gajewski and Tanner Hallet picking up the assists. The Lumberjacks came back with the next three goals before Michael Sweetland came through with a late power-play goal to pull Willmar within one at 3-2 entering the 3rd. It was Sweetland’s 6th of the year with Owen Thomas and Jack Willis getting the assists. Granite City scored the lone goal in the 3rd to seal the 4-2 victory.
Willmar (5-9-0-0 – 10 pts) is in 4th place in the West one point behind Alexandria. Willmar will wait to see when they play next due to the State of Minnesota’s temporary shutdown of sports. Stay updated on the WarHawks social media platforms and at willmarwarhawks.com
The Willmar WarHawks hosted the Alexandria Blizzard on Saturday night and continued their winning ways with a 6-5 victory. The WarHawks came out of the dressing room with a dominating 1st period outshooting the Blizzard 11-4 and jumping out to a 2-0 lead. The power play would prove to be a theme in this one, and it started with Louis Anders scoring his 3rd of the season at the 5:20 mark. Ryne Mohrman, and Jack Willis picked up the assists. Three minutes later Austin Jozwick scored another power play goal with Cole Wigestrand and Brady O’Brien on the assists. Ethan Light scored the lone Willmar goal in the second period with Jack Willis and Anders picking up the assists, but the WarHawks found themselves tied at 3-3 heading into third. Anders picked up his 2nd goal of the night just 17 seconds in, again on the power play with Michael Sweetland and Ryne Mohrman assisting on Anders 4th of the year. After Alexandria jumped into the lead halfway through the third, Willmar connected on their 4th power play goal of night tying the game 5-5 at the 10:57 mark. Cole Wigestrand scored his 2nd of the season with Ben Johnson and Mohrman chipping in with the assists. About 4 minutes later it was Kaleb Miller scoring the eventual game winner. It was Miller’s 1st of the season with Jozwick and Wigestrand collecting the assists. Louis Anders, Cole Wigestrand, and Ryne Mohrman all had 3 point nights, and Luke Weberg made 22 saves to improve to 4-2 on the season.
Willmar (5-8-0-0 – 10 pts) tied for 3rd in the West with Granite City will host the Lumberjacks (5-1-0-0-10 pts) Friday night for their lone game this weekend. Puck drop is at 7:10. Get your tickets at tickets.willmarwarhawks.com or catch the action on hockeytv.com
The Willmar Warhawks travelled to North Iowa Friday night to kick off a busy weekend. Jordan Fjosne scored his first of the season to give the Warhawks a 1-0 lead with assists from Austin Jozwick and Cole Wigestrand. North Iowa tied the game a few minutes later, then took a 2-1 lead early in the second period. Willmar came back to tie the game at the 12:15 mark of the 2nd period. It was Louis Anders 2nd of the year on the power play with assists going to Wigestrand and Jack Willis. But North Iowa answered with two more goals for a 4-2 lead heading into the third. Willmar’s Tanner hallet and Owen Thomas set up Michael Sweetland for his 4th goal of the year early in the 3rd to give the Warhawks some hope of a comeback, but the Bulls added two more later in the third and skated away with the 6-3 victory.
Saturday Night the Warhawks traveled to New Ulm to take on the Steel. Willmar led 1-0 after the first on Owen Thomas’s 2nd goal of the season. Jack Willis, and Michael Sweetland picked up the assists. New Ulm scored the only two goals in the second period, but Willmar staged a third period comeback. Ryne Morhman scored his 1st of the year to tie the game at 2-2 four minutes into the third. Willmar then took a late lead when Owen Thomas scored a huge power play goal with just over two minutes to play. Morhman and Brady O’Brien assisted on Thomas’s 3rd of the year and second of the game. New Ulm came back with some late magic scoring with just 20 second left to force OT. Ryne Morhman gave Willmar the victory just under three minutes in with Louis Anders and Ethan Light getting the game winning assists. Burian Hunter stopped 32-35 for his 1st win of the season.
Sunday Willmar pulled off the home and home sweep with 4-1 victory over New Ulm. The Warhawks got a late power play goal at the end of the first period for a 1-0 lead. It was Ben Johnson scoring his 2nd of the season with Brady O’Brien picking up his 7th assist. Willmar connected again on the power play late in the second period when Michael Sweetland scored his 5th of the year with Owen Thomas and Louis Anders picking up the assists. The Warhawks opened up early in the third with two goals in the first 5 minutes for a 4-0 lead. Ryan Mohrman, and Louis Anders each scored their 3rd goals of the season with Jack Willis assisting on both and Owen Thomas picked up another assist on Anders goal. New Ulm scored a late one to ruin the shutout bid for Luke Weberg but he finished with 18 saves to improve his record to 3-2. “Some really good things to build off this weekend. We are looking to carry this momentum to our game against Alexandria,” said Willmar Head Coach Kirk Olimb.
Willmar (4-8-0-0 – 8 pts) will host Alexandria (5-4-1-0 – 11 pts) Saturday night for their lone game this weekend. Puck drop is at 7:10. Get your tickets at tickets.willmarwarhawks.com for Sunday’s game at the Willmar Civic Center Arena. Catch any game on hockeytv.com
The Willmar Warhawks hosted North Iowa Friday night in the first of a home and home with the 1st place Bulls. North Iowa took the lead 3 minutes in and never looked back rolling to a 13-3 victory. Trailing 8-0 after one, Willmar scored early in the second. It was Owen Thomas scoring his 1st of the year to get the Warhawks on the board. Ben Johnson, and Jeremiah Konkel picked up the assists, but the Bulls put up 4 more goals for 12-1 lead after two. Willmar came out with 2 quick goals in the 3rd period, but that was as close as they got. Drew Sandy and Caden Sunde each picked up their 2nd goals of the year. Michael Sweetland, and Brady O’Brien set up Sandy’s goal, and Louis Anders and Elbridge DeKraai assisted on Sunde’s goal.
Saturday Night the Warhawks traveled to Mason City for another crack at the Bulls but came up short in a 5-2 loss. North Iowa picked up where they left off on Friday scoring 1:41 into the first, but Willmar responded quickly tying the game 1-1 when Jack Willis scored his 4th of the year on an assist from Owen Thomas. North Iowa scored the lone goal in the second period, and then erupted for 3 goals in a 2 minute span midway through the 3rd period to take control. Willmar’s Cole Wigestrand scored his 1st of the season late in the 3rd with Ethan Light and Michael Sweetland picking up the assists. That pulled Willmar to within 5-2 but there wasn’t enough time for a comeback. Coach Kirk Olimb said, “I’m proud of the boys rebounding from the tough Friday night with a strong showing Saturday.”
Willmar (2-7-0 – 4 pts) will play a tripleheader this weekend, traveling back to Mason City to take on North Iowa (7-2-0 – 10 pts) for the third straight time. Puck drops at 7:30 pm. Then on Saturday they will play in New Ulm at 7:10 pm, before finishing the weekend at home on Sunday where the Steel will visit the Willmar Civic Center Arena for a 1 pm puck drop. Get your tickets at tickets.willmarwarhawks.com for Sunday’s game at the Willmar Civic Center Arena. Catch any game on hockeytv.com
The Willmar WarHawks opened their home schedule by hosting the 1st place North Iowa Bulls on Friday Night. North Iowa outshot Willmar 9-6 and led 1-0 after the 1st period. Willmar got on track early in the 2nd period when Austin Jozwick scored his first goal of the season with assists coming from Ethan Mock and goaltender Luke Weberg. Jozwick kept the momentum going with his 2nd of the period at the 13:33 mark giving the WarHawks a 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd. North Iowa came back though, early in the third scoring twice within a minute to move back on top 3-2. Willmar’s Michael Sweetland tied the game with just over 6 minutes left with his 3rd goal of the season. Cayden Sunde, and Brady O’Brien picked up the assists. But a minute later, North Iowa recaptured the lead and added an empty netter for the 5-3 win.
Saturday Night the WarHawks hosted New Ulm with the Steel jumping out to a 2-0 lead after one, and led 3-0 just three minutes into the second. Willmar’s Drew Sandy gave the WarHawks some life with his first goal of the year at the 4:54 mark. Ethan Light, and Brady O’Brien picked up the assists. The WarHawks pulled within one ten minutes later when Louis Anders scored his first of the year with assists from Brady O’Brien and Jack Willis. New Ulm added a late goal in the 2nd and went up 5-2 midway through the 3rd period. Jeremiah Konkel set up Jack Willis for his 4th goal of the season late on the power play but there just wasn’t enough time as New Ulm came away with the 5-3 victory. “Good effort overall, we were in both games… the power play finally scored a goal, the goaltenders were solid both nights, we just needed to help them out a little more. We have a lot of positives to build on. We are a very young team and we are just going to gain more experience as we go,” said WarHawks coach Kirk Olimb.
Willmar (2-5-0 – 4 pts) has a home and home with North Iowa (5-2-0 – 10 pts) this weekend. Get your tickets at tickets.willmarWarhawks.com for Friday night’s game at the Willmar Civic Center Arena. The puck drops at 7:10 CDT. Saturday will be in North Iowa with a 7:30 start. You can watch the action on hockeytv.com