NEW ULM TAKES DOWN WILLMAR, 5-2

By: E Koehler, nusteelhockey.com

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New Ulm took the ice in Willmar with intensity and aggressiveness. From an all-around team effort, New Ulm was able to take the, 5-2, win.

By the end of the first period, New Ulm was leading Willmar 3-0 with goals from Max Kjome, Kirk Coppock and Sam Storlie.

Kjome opened the scoring with a slapshot from the slot 7:30 into the first period. Oliver Hoeschen brought the puck into the zone and got tangled up on the boards. Ryan Smith grabbed the loose puck and centered it right to Kjome.

At 18:06 of the first period, New Ulm took a 2-0 lead. Alex Nagel received a nice pass from Kjome that created an odd-man rush. Nagel gave the puck over to Coppock who missed on his first shot, but found the back of the net on his second shot going top shelf.

Just 30 seconds later, Steven Mordini had the puck at the blue line, who passed it down along the boards to Smith. Smith made a pass from down low to Storlie skating towards the net, from the point. Storlie took the shot and scored his first goal of the season.

New Ulm took a 4-0 lead 18 seconds into the second period. Mordini collected the rebound from Braden Shea’s shot and passed it up to Smith. Smith sped down the ice and fired it over the glove of Drake Voell and into the back of the net.  

Willmar scored both of their goals in the second period. Max Oelkers and Keegan Bauman got the goals and Andrew Gilbert, Braden Shea, Oelkers and Zach Martin each contributed an assist.

Bayler Kraus scored New Ulm’s fifth goal at 5:30 of the second period. Nagel put a shot on goal that ricocheted off the post directly to Kraus on the blue line. Kraus set up a slap shot and scored five-hole.

Ryan Kenny made 38 saves on the 40 shots he faced for New Ulm. Willmar’s goaltender, Luke Fry, stopped four of the eight shots he faced. Fry was replaced by Voell in net, early in the second period. Voell made 11 saves on the 12 shots he faced.

New Ulm totaled 14 penalty minutes on seven infractions and went 0-for-4 on the powerplay. Willmar had a total of 30 penalty minutes on seven infractions and went 1-for-4 on the power play.