By: E Koehler,


The New Ulm Steel played a back-and-forth battle with the Willmar WarHawks. The biggest lead in the game was a 6-4 lead for New Ulm with just over six minutes remaining in regulation time.

Willmar’s Cameron Pries and Brandon Holt each scored a goal to tie it up at 6-6 and force the game into overtime.  

Steven Mordini passed to Sam Storlie to set up a one-timer from the point for the game-winning goal 27 seconds into overtime on the power play.

Alex Nagel got New Ulm on the board with a wraparound tally in the first period at 14:28 to tie the game up at 1-1.

New Ulm and Willmar each scored two goals in the second period. Kirk Coppock’s backdoor goal and Tom Reilly’s top shelf tally made it 3-2 and gave New Ulm their first lead of the game.

Jordan Cooper tied the game for Willmar with a power-play goal 15:40 into the second period.

New Ulm scored three consecutive goals in the third period for a two-goal lead. Reilly tied the game up 4-4 at the 6:43 mark. Mordini tapped home Luc Kreuser’s wraparound attempt for a 5-4 lead. Jimmy Miller scored New Ulm’s sixth goal 13:32 into the third period.

Ryan Bielenberg made 23 saves on the 29 shots he faced for New Ulm. Willmar’s goaltender, Kaden Ericson, faced 34 shots and made 27 saves.

New Ulm and Willmar both totaled six penalty minutes on three infractions and went 1-for-1 on the power play.


New Ulm Steel Point Summary: Tom Reilly(2g, 2a), Kirk Coppock(1g, 1a), Steven Mordini(1g, 1a), Sam Storlie(1g), Alex Nagel(1g), Jimmy Miller(1g), Trevor Woytcke(2a), Castor Mattos(1a), Luc Kreuser(1a), Jack Parks(1a)

Willmar WarHawks Point Summary: Brandon Holt(1g, 2a), Braden Shea(1g, 1a), Jordan Cooper(1g, 1a), Jacob Takashima(1g, 1a), Zach Martin(1g), Cameron Pries(1g), Tanner Dahle(1a), Andrew Gilbert(1a), Keegan Bauman(1a), Wyatt Toll(1a), Kevin Swope(1a)