Junior Hockey: WarHawks win another against New Ulm

Nov. 20—NEW ULM — The Willmar WarHawks continued its winning ways against the New Ulm Steel.

Willmar is now 3-1 against New Ulm this season after collecting a 5-2 victory in front of 221 fans Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Three WarHawks — Denys Honcharenko, Christian Kankelfritz and Sam Holm — scored their first goals of the season. Honcharenko is from Ukraine, Kankelfritz is from Fargo, North Dakota, and Holm is from St. Paul.

Tied 2-2 through two periods, Willmar closed the game out with three unanswered goals. The first came from Luke McCarthy at 3 minutes, 23 seconds. Kankelfritz added his goal at 11:23, and Holm closed it out at 16:11.

Goaltender Zack Ortolano made 31 saves for the WarHawks. Ortolano is from Las Vegas.

The WarHawks have three games this week: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Alexandria; 7:10 p.m. Friday at home against Mason City; and 7:10 p.m. Saturday at home against Mason City.

Willmar 5, New Ulm 2

Willmar (6-9-0-0) 1 1 3 — 5

New Ulm (5-11-2-1) 1 1 0 — 2

FIRST PERIOD — (1) W: Michael Sweetland 7 (unassisted), 10:36 ... (2) NU: Gus Cantwell 6 (Lahoussine Salama 5, Hunter Nelson 3), 12:41. PENALTIES: None.

SECOND PERIOD — (3) W: Denys Honcharenko 1 (Brady Fairbanks 6, Braydon Buckingham 2), 3:14 ... (4) NU: Nelson 2 (Salama 6, Cooper Kantola 3), 10:11. PENALTIES: (1) NU: Zach Dalzell (hooking-minor, 2 min), 13:50 ... (2) W: Tyler Misialek, served by Dylan Bott (roughing-minor, 2 min), 16:02 ... (3) NU: Charles Olson (fighting-major, 5 min), 16:02 ... (4) W: Sweetland (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 16:54 ... (5) NU: Jack Laser (roughing-minor, 2 min), 18:17 ... (6) W: Luke McCarthy (roughing-minor, 2 min), 18:37 ... (7) W: Misialek (fighting-major, 5 min), 20:00 ... (8) W: Misialek (fighting-ejection, 20 min), 20:00 ... (9) NU: Olson (fighting-ejection, 20 min), 20:00.

THIRD PERIOD — (5) W: McCarthy 3 (Honcharenko 1, Spencer Bergman 2), 3:23 ... (6) W: Christian Kankelfritz 1 (unassisted), 11:23 ... (7) W: Sam Holm 1 (Owen Johnston 3, Nik Johnson 3), 16:11. PENALTIES: (10) NU: Griffin Lennes (goaling interference-minor, 2 min), 2:10 ... (11) W: Sweetland, served by James Leach (holding-minor, 2 min), 2:42 ... (12) W: Sweetland (fighting-major, 5 min), 2:42 ... (13) W: Sweetland (fighting-ejection, 20 min), 2:42 ... (14) NU: Salama (fighting-major, 5 min), 2:42 ... (15) NU: Salama (fighting-ejection, 20 min), 2:42 ... (16) W: Bergman (slashing-minor, 2 min), 3:23 ... (17) W: Bott (fighting-10 misconduct, 10 min), 7:56 ... (18) NU: Charlie Kielty (fighting-10 misconduct, 10 min), 7:56 ... (19) NU: Landen Schwantes (cross checking-minor, 2 min), 7:56 ... (20) W; Chandler Dennis (fighting-10 misconduct, 10 min), 14:21 ... (21) NU: Laser (fighting-10 misconduct, 10 min), 14:21.

GOALIE SAVES/SHOTS — Willmar: Zack Ortolano 31/33 ... New Ulm: Nolan Lacosse 30/35.