Willmar’s Max Oelkers, assisted by Jordan Cooper and Jacob Dobberstein, scored with 1:49 remaining in the third period to tie the game up at 3-3 and force the game into overtime. Fritz Belisle scored 40 seconds into overtime to get New Ulm the, 4-3, win.
New Ulm scored their three regulation goals all in the second period. Cory Martinez opened the scoring for New Ulm at the 3:11 mark of the second period. Jared Erickson, with an assist from Sam Wenner, scored 10:31 into the second period and tied the game up at 2-2.
Orlando Scherz scored one goal and registered two assists for New Ulm. Scherz scored in the second period at 17:05 to give New Ulm a 3-2 lead. He tallied assists on Cory Martinez’s goal and Fritz Belisle’s game-winning goal in overtime.
Riley Tigrett scored the only goal of the first period at 10:56 for Willmar. Assists were credited to Dylan Gast and Alec Skar. Jordan Cooper, assisted by Gabe Gauer and Riley Dixon, scored Willmar’s second goal of the game 6:11 into the second period on the power play.
New Ulm totaled 12 penalty minutes on six infractions and went 0-for-1 on the power play. Willmar had a total of two penalty minutes on one infraction and went 2-for-6 on the power play.