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Junior hockey: Warhawks blank Steel, 4-0

Junior hockey report from west central Minnesota for Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. Goaltender Cooper Olson has a good game in Willmar's victory at New Ulm.


NEW ULM — Willmar WarHawks goaltender Cooper Olson got his third shutout of the season in a 4-0 NA3HL win Friday over the New Ulm Steel.

The netminder from Maple Grove made 23 saves in the victory. He is 11-3-0 this season with a 2.06 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.

The WarHawks went up 3-0 after the first period with goals by Nolan Grier, Tyler Misialek and Anthony Foster. Foster tacked on one more goal in the third.

The teams resume their weekend series at 7:10 p.m. Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.

Willmar 4, New Ulm 0

Willmar (24-14-1)          3     0     1 — 4
New Ulm (19-29)           0     0     0 — 0
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) W: Nolan Grier 10 (Nickita Moiseev 1, Blake Keller 24), 2:36 … (2) W: Tyler MMisialek 13 (Mason Hendrickson 4, Tate Hammitt 24), 11:40 … (3) W: Anthony Foster 13 (Jeremiah Konkel 22, Ben Luedtke 22), 17:28. PENALTIES: (1) NU: Cooper Cole (kneeing-minor, 2 min), 3:23.
SECOND PERIOD –  No goals. PENALTIES: (2) NU: Landen Schwantes (high sticking-minor, 2 min), 17:18. 
THIRD PERIOD – (4) W: Foster 14 (Michael Sweetland 18), 14:16 PP. PENALTIES:(3) W: Sweetland (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 1:25 … (4) W: Elbridge DeKraai (fighting-minor, 5 min), 11:17 … (5) NU: Lahoussine Salama (fighting-major, 5 min), 11:17 … (6) NU: Zachary Maret (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 12:48. 
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Cooper Olson 23/23 … New Ulm: Zach Foster 54/58.


Joe Brown is a sports reporter for the West Central Tribune.

He can be reached via email at: jbrown@wctrib.com or his office number: 320-214-4332.
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