SAUK RAPIDS — Despite advantages in shots and power-play opportunities, the Willmar WarHawks struggled to get on the board.
With goals in each period, Granite City secured a 3-1 victory over the WarHawks on Wednesday night at Armadillo Deck Sports Arena.
The Lumberjacks jumped ahead 1-0 after a score by Kullan Daikawa at the 1-minute, 32-second mark of the first period. Matthew Delany and Braeden Bartoo had assists on the play. Late in the second, Bartoo got a goal of his own with an unassisted tally.
The last three minutes of the game saw the two teams trade goals. At 17:02, Willmar’s Gavin Uckele, with assists from Isaiah Thomas and Jeremiah Konkel, made it a one-goal game. It was the fifth goal of the year for Uckele. But at 18:33, the Lumberjacks got some insurance as Diakawa got his second goal on an empty-netter.
Lukas Haugen had 21 saves for Willmar. Granite City’s Josh Weyandt had 28.
The WarHawks were 0-for-3 on power-play opportunities, compared to 0-for-1 for the Lumberjacks. Willmar also had 29 shots to Granite City’s 24.
The WarHawks’ next game is 7:10 p.m. Friday against Alexandria at the Runestone Community Center, the Blizzard’s home ice. The WarHawks are then host to Granite City at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Willmar Civic Center.