New Ulm and Willmar were tied 2-2 at the end of regulation time. The game ultimately ended in a shootout with Willmar coming out on top. New Ulm outshot Willmar 46-36.
Sam Wenner opened the scoring at 11:16 into the first period with assists from Dylan Leivermann and Jared Mickelson.
Willmar tied the game up with a goal from Jordan Cooper at 16:26 into the first period. Riley Dixon and Braden Shea were credited with the assists.
Jacob Padley, assisted by Wenner and Steven Mordini, broke the tie and gave New Ulm a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal at 14:17 into the second period.
Willmar forward Dylan Gast ultimately forced the game into overtime, scoring with 1:35 remaining in the third period. Kane Toriumi and Riley Tigrett were credited with the assists.
The game was then taken to a shootout. Luc Kreuser, Alex Egle and Alex Nagel failed to score for New Ulm. Willmar’s Gast scored the game-winning goal in the second round of the shootout. Tigrett and Dixon were Willmar’s other shooters.
Nathan Siclovan faced 36 shots and made 33 saves for New Ulm. Willmar’s goaltender, Alex Cathcart, made 44 saves on the 46 shots New Ulm generated.
New Ulm totaled four penalty minutes on two infractions and went 1-for-5 on the power play. Willmar had a total of 33 penalty minutes on six infractions and went 0-for-2 on the power play.