WarHawks close out with a win over the Steel


Mar. 29—NEW ULM — The Willmar WarHawks wrapped up the 2020-21 NA3HL regular season with a 4-2 victory Sunday night over the New Ulm Steel.

Willmar enters the playoffs with a 22-18-0 record. The WarHawks also beat Alexandria 2-0 on Saturday night.

Against New Ulm, Waillamr got a pair of goals from Jonah Jangula and single goals from Ben Johnson and Isaiah Thomas.

Jangula, a 20-year-old from New Hope, also had two assists. Since coming over from the Granite City Lumberjacks, Jangula has three goals and five assists in 18 games in Willmar this season.

For Thomas, a 21-year-old forward from Bismarck, North Dakota, it was his eighth goal of the season in 22 games. He began the year with the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL.

Johnson, an 18-year-old defenseman from Chisago Lakes, scored his fifth goal in 33 games in Willmar.

Willmar 4,

New Ulm 2

Willmar (22-18-0) 1 2 1 — 4

New Ulm (7-29-4) 0 1 1 — 2

FIRST PERIOD — (1) W: Jonah Jangula 4 (Alex Kupka, Ethan Mock) 14:45 … PENALTIES: (1) NU: Noah Rauschenberger (holding-minor, 2 min) 9:41 … (2) W: Ben Johnson (elbowing-minor, 2 min) 1:44.

SECOND PERIOD — (2) W: Jangula 5 (Brady O’Brien) 8:35, PP … (3) NU: harrison Albrecht (James Spaargaren, Bauer Barry) 13:40 … (4) W: Johnson 5 (Thomas) 15:18, PP … PENALTIES: (3) NU: Zach Maillette (high sticking-minor, 2 min) :11 … (4) NU: Griffin Foster (roughing-minor, 2 min) 7:26 … (5) NU: Parker Dorn (slashing-minor, 2 min) 15:07 … (6) NU: Dorn (interference-minor, 2 min) 15:07.

THIRD PERIOD — (5) NU: Albrecht 2 (Joey Gimberlin, Spaargaren) 15:34 … (6) W: Thomas 8 (Tanner Hallett, Jangula) 19:12, EN … PENALTIES: (7) W: Gavin Uckele (tripping-minor, 2 min) 16:43

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — W: Will Pinney 26/28 … NU: Foster 44/47

Late Saturday

Willmar 2,

Alexandria 0

Lukas Haugen recorded 39 saves to earn the shutout for the WarHawks at Alexandria’s Runestone Community Center.

Alex Kupka scored in the second period and Isaiah Thomas scored in the third for Willmar.

Willmar (21-18-0) 0 1 1 — 2

Alexandria (17-19-1) 0 0 0 — 0

FIRST PERIOD — No scoring. PENALTIES: (1) W: Austin Jozwick (holding-minor, 2 min) 14:58.

SECOND PERIOD — (2) W: Alex Kupka 11 (Gavin Uckele, Michael Sweetland) 9:20 … PENALTIES: (2) A: Nikolai Rajala (high sticking-minor, 2 min) 3:20 … (3) W: Jack Willis (cross checking-minor, 2 min) 5:41 … (4) W: Isaiah Thomas (tripping-minor), 2 min) 13:31.

THIRD PERIOD — (2) Thomas 7 (Hunter Bjorge, Uckele) 9:02 … PENALTIES: (5) A: Caleb Strong (tripping-minor, 2 min) :45 … (6) W: Dylan Gajewski (slashing-minor, 2 min) 5:33 … (7) W: Kaleb Miller (fighting-major, 5 min) 13:23 … (8) A: Benjamin Tschida (fighting-major, 5 min) 13:24 … (9) W: Miller (fighting-ejection, 20 min) 14:53 … (10) A: Tschida (fighting-ejection, 20 min) 15:45 … (11) A: Michael DeBrito (unsportsmanlike conduct-10-minute misconduct) 18:55 … (12): W: Sweetland (roughing-minor, 2 min) 19:40 … (13) A: Andrew Revering (roughing-minor, 2 min) 19:40.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — W: Lukas Haugen 39/39 … A: Atticus Kelly 42/44.



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