NEW ULM — Willmar scored two objectives in each the second and third intervals Saturday night time because the WarHawks downed the New Ulm Metal 4-1 in an NA3HL season-opening recreation on the New Ulm Civic Heart.
Zach Maillette scored the lone purpose for the Metal within the third interval, with Gus Cantwell getting the help.
Jeremiah Konkel had two objectives for Willmar.
WarHawks goalie Cooper Olson stopped 27 of 28 photographs, whereas Metal goalie Zach Foster stopped 38 of 42 photographs.
For first-year head coach Curtis Doell, the end result was not the way in which he wished the season to start out.
“Particularly with the 12 months they’d final 12 months,” he mentioned. “I feel that we have been to undisciplined tonight. We took to many penalties and we received down on one another somewhat bit. However it’s a lengthy season. There might have been some youngsters who had the jitters, so it’s a studying expertise for us.”
After a scoreless first interval, Willmar used the ability play to get on the board on the 4:19 mark of the second interval when Konkel put a rebound by Foster.
Slightly below 5 minutes later, Max Cohen made it 2-0 beating Foster on the stick aspect.
The second interval was additionally a interval the place the sport received bodily with three 10-minute misconduct penalties referred to as — two on New Ulm.
“It received extra bodily than I feel our guys are constructed for,” he mentioned. “We have to use extra of our velocity extra.”
The Metal did have probabilities to get again into the sport however did not capitalize on seven energy performs within the contest.
“We’re nonetheless determining our gamers,” Doell mentioned. “We had a brand new defenseman are available in.”
Konkel’s second purpose of the sport early within the third interval gave Willmar a 3-0 lead earlier than Maillette, who led New Ulm in scoring final 12 months, scored on the 15:35 to chop the result in 3-1.
However Willmar salted the sport away with lower than three minutes left within the recreation on an open-net purpose by Collin Kerkhoff.
Doell was completely happy along with his photographs on purpose and received extra pucks to the web than they did within the scrimmage final Saturday.
“I felt that our penalty kill was good and we did a great job of not letting them get second and third alternatives,” Doell mentioned. “And I believed that Zach Foster performed effectively within the nets.”
New Ulm is house at 7:10 p.m. Friday on the New Ulm Civic Heart after they host the Minnesota Loons.