New Ulm had a 3-1 lead over Willmar early in the second period. Willmar was able to tie the game up 3-3 to start the third period. Willmar’s Jack Walter, with assists from Riley Dixon and Danny Nugent, scored the eventual game-winning goal at the 13:50 mark of the third period. Shots were 37-27 in favor of New Ulm.
Luc Kreuser opened the scoring for New Ulm 5:58 into the first period. Max Kjome was credited with the assist.
Alex Nagel gave New Ulm a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 14:41 of the first period. The assists were credited to Steven Mordini and Fritz Belisle.
Braden Shea, assisted by Jonathan Koester and Revis Stephenson, got Willmar on the board at the 15:14 mark of the first period.
Kreuser scored his second goal of the game 4:17 into the second period with assists from Trevor Woytcke and Belisle to give New Ulm a 3-1 lead.
Jacob Dobberstein and Kyle Wendorf each scored a goal in the second period to tie the game up at 3. Wendorf, Jordan Cooper, Max Oelkers and Stephenson each tallied an assist in the second period.
Jon Albers made 22 saves on the 26 shots he faced. Willmar’s goaltender, Alex Weissenborn, stopped 34 of the 37 shots New Ulm generated.
New Ulm had a total of two penalty minutes on one infraction and went 1-for-5 on the power play. Willmar totaled 14 penalty minutes on seven infractions and went 0-for-0 on the power play.