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Junior Hockey: Willmar Warhawks prevail in overtime, 2-1

Junior hockey report from west central Minnesota for Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. WarHawks salvage a split in their weekend series at Wausau, Wisconsin.


WAUSAU, Wis. — The Willmar WarHawks salvaged the second game of their two-game series with Wausau by beating the Cyclones 2-1 in overtime Saturday night.

Max Cohen scored the game-winner at 2:46 of the extra period to help Willmar improve to 20-13-1 in the NA3HL. It was Cohen’s fifth goal of the season. He’s a forward from Commerce, Michigan. Tate Hammitt and Michael Sweetland were credited with the assists.

The Warhawks opened the scoring with Will Anderson’s goal at 2:31 of the first period. Cooper Olson earned the assist.

Olson is Willmar’s goalkeeper. The 20-year-old from Maple Grove stopped 30 of 31 shots for the victory before 146 fans at Marathon Park.

Wausau beat Willmar 4-2 on Friday night.


The WarHawks are host to the West Division-leading Granite City Lumberjacks at 7:10 p.m. Friday at the Willmar Civic Center. Willmar then plays the Minnesota Loons at 7:10 p.m. Saturday at Willmar before hitting the road at 7:30 p.m. Monday against the Loons at the Breezy Point Hockey Center.

Willmar 2, Wausau 1 (OT)

Willmar (20-13-1)            1     0     0   1 — 2
Wausau (15-17-1)           0     1     0   0 — 1
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) Will: Will Anderson 1 (Cooper Olson 1), 2:31. PENALTIES: (1) Wi: Mikhail Kukareka (interference-minor, 2 min), 16:30 … (2) Wi: Tyler Misialek (roughing-minor, 2 min), 16:30 … (3) Wa: Bowen Arola (roughing-minor, 2 min), 16:30 … (4) Wi: Enzo Tarducci (slashing-minor, 2 min), 16:47.
SECOND PERIOD –  (2) Wa: Cullen Moehring 6 (Gage Vierzba 15, CJ Zins 12), 19:31. PENALTIES: (5) Wa: Dylan Chapman (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 14:31 … (6) Wi: Olson, served by Kukareka (roughing-minor, 2 min), 17:30 
THIRD PERIOD –  No Scoring. PENALTIES: (6) Wi: Anderson (roughing-double minor, 4 min), 12:09 … (7) Wa: Arola (boarding-minor, 2 min), 12:09 … (8) Wa: Chase Heckerson (roughing-double minor, 4 min), 12:09. 
OVERTIME – (3) Will: Max Cohen 5 (Tate Hammitt 22, Michael Sweetland 15), 2:46. PENALTIES: None.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Wil: Olson 30/31 … Wau: Zach Dosan 31/33.

Tom Elliott has been the sports editor at the West Central Tribune since September 2019.
Contact him at telliott@wctrib.com or leave a message at 320-235-1150.
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