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Junior Hockey: Misialek's hat trick lifts Willmar WarHawks to a win

Forward also chips in with an assist in 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Loons

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The logo of the new Willmar WarHawks, a NA3HL junior hockey franchise.

BREEZY POINT — Tyler Misialek scored a hat trick, his first three goals of the season, to help lead the Willmar WarHawks to a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Loons on Friday night.

Misialek, a forward from Fargo, North Dakota, also had an assist in helping the WarHawks get their first win of the young NA3HL season.

Misisalek scored Willmar’s first two goals. Sandwiched in between was a goal by Blake Keller, a former WarHawk playing for Minnesota this season. Keller, from St. Cloud, finished with two goals and two assists.

Also scoring goals for Willmar were Jordan Fields, Michael Sweetland and Dennis Ethan. Sweetland paired his goal with four assists. He's a forward from Stillwater back for his third season with the WarHawks.

Willmar has a quick turnaround. The WarHawks play the Alexandria Blizzard at 7:10 p.m. Saturday at the Willmar Civic Center Arena.

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Willmar 6, Minnesota 4

Willmar (1-1-0)          2     1     3 — 6
Minnesota (1-5-0)     1     2     1 — 4
FIRST PERIOD –  (1) W: Tyler Misialek 1 (Michael Sweetland), SH …. (2) M: Blake Keller 2 (Dmitri Kuleshov, Holden Pratt) 19:15 … (3) Misialek 2 (Sweetland, Luc Corbin) 19:50. PENALTIES: (1) W: Owen Johnston (tripping-minor, 2 min) 13:33.
SECOND PERIOD –  (4) M: Evan Fritze 1 (Holden Pratt, Keller) :40 … (5) W: Ethan Dennis 1 (Corbin, Sweetland) 16:55, PP … (6) M: Kuleshov 5 (Evan Fritze, Keller) 19:48, PP. PENALTIES: (2) W: Rory Smith (holding-minor, 2 min) 3:23 … (3) W: Luke McCarthy (too many men-minor, 2 min) 11:31 … (4) M: Jacob Emmanuel (kicking-match, 20 min) 14:33 … (5) M: Emmanuel (unsportsmanlike conduct-ejection, 20 min) 14:33 … (6) M: Jack Woods (tripping-minor, 2 min), 14:33 … (7) W: Corbin (roughing-minor, 2 min) 18:24 … (8) W: Ethan Dennis (tripping-minor, 2 min) 19:42 
THIRD PERIOD – (7) W: Jordan Fields 1 (Sweetland, Misialek) 11:42 …. (8) W: Sweetland 2 (Max Cohen, Braydon Buckingham) 15:33, PP … (9) W: Misialek 3 (Smith, Payton Mancuso) 18:15, EN … (10) M: Keller 3 (Willem Kerr, Holden Pratt) 18:21 …  PENALTIES: (9) W: Dennis (boarding-minor, 2 min) 4:31 … (10) W: Sweetland (tripping-minor, 2 min) 4:55 … (11) M: Kerr (tripping-minor, 2 min) 12:39 … (12) M: Jamison St. Clair (high sticking-minor, 2 min) 15:07.
GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS – Willmar: Payton Mancuso 23/27 … Minnesota: Keaton French 23/28

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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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