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Published: Monday, 22 Feb 2021  
By: Amy Hefti

Warhawks Crazy Comeback Saves Weekend
On Friday it was North Iowa who came to town looking for payback from the weekend before. Trailing 1-0 just past the halfway point in the 2nd period, Willmar took advantage of a power play opportunity when Ben Johnson scored his 4th of the season with assists going to Dylan Gajewski and Isaiah Thomas. North Iowa scored early in the 3rd period and held Willmar off the rest of the way for the 2-1 victory.

Saturday night it was Granite City visiting the Willmar Civic Center Arena. Isaiah Thomas scored the lone goal for Willmar in the 2nd period with assists from Alex Kupka and Cole Wigestrand. The Lumberjacks were seemingly in control leading 4-1 heading into the 3rd period before Willmar erupted for 4 goals. Willmar looked to shift the momentum with a goal in the opening minute of the 3rd period. It was Kaleb Miller’s 3rd of the season off assists from Elbridge DeKraii and Lewis Rowan. Trailing 4-2 with just under 4 minutes left the Warhawks caught fire. Lewis Rowan scored twice on the power play goals within a minute to tie the game 4-4. Then with just under 2 minutes to play Dylan Gajewski completed the comeback with a power play goal and a 5-4 victory. Will Pinney made 32 saves for the victory in net.

Willmar (14-12 – 28 pts) is tied with Granite City (14-8 – 28 pts) for 2nd place in the West. That’s where they will travel to on Wednesday for a 7:30 puck drop. On Friday they travel to Alexandria (11-15-1 – 23 pts) for a puck drop at 7:10 pm, and then close out the weekend on home ice against Granite City on Sunday night at 7 pm.

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Blizzard Beat North Iowa in Season Series Finale
Alexandria traveled to North Iowa this weekend for the final regular season series against the Bulls.

On Saturday night they fell behind 2-0 after the 1st period and that was as close as they got dropping the opener 7-0.

On Sunday it was the Blizzard who jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the 1st. Dallas Duckson opened the scoring with his 9th of the season six and a half minutes in. Colin Tushie and Jered Sanborn picked up the assists. A few minutes later Nikolai Rajala scored his 5th of the season off assists from Sean Kenny and Caleb Strong. North Iowa came back to tie the game before Trent Sylvester scored his 1st of the year on the power play with just under 4 minutes to play in the 2nd period. Tushie picked up another assist. With the game tied 3-3 Sean Kenny skated in shorthanded and ripped a backhand home to give the Blizzard a 4-3 lead with just over 10 minutes to play. Atticus Kelly made 35 saves including multiple stops down the stretch to secure his first victory in net with the Blizzard.

The Blizzard (11-15-1 – 23pts) are in 4th place in the West. They will host Willmar (14-12 – 28 pts) on Friday night and New Ulm (4-19-2 – 10 pts) on Saturday. The puck drops both nights at 7:10 pm and tickets are available online at Catch the action on

Norsemen Drop Saturday Bout with Bobcats and Settle for Weekend Split
February 19th A late game save by Paxton Geisel and a well-rounded offensive performance powered the St. Cloud Norsemen to a 4-2 victory over the Bismarck Bobcats on Friday night.

Mid-way through the first period, Bismarck would score the opening goal of the game with a powerplay goal from Luke Gramer. With time winding down in the frame, Nik Hong leveled the game for the Norsemen with his fifth goal of the season with just 4.8 seconds remaining. In the second, Cooper Gay gave St. Cloud the 2-1 advantage with his first goal of his North American Hockey League career. Moments later, Patrick Johnson scored his first goal of the season to tie the game for Bismarck. The late stages of the period saw a cross-slot feed from Brendan Kim find Brett Chorske who dropped the puck to Logan Kittleson who rifled in his second of the season for the 3-2 lead. With time working against Bismarck, the Bobcats fed the puck through the slot for a backdoor shot that was shut down by Norsemen goaltender Paxton Geisel. A late Norsemen powerplay saw Chase Freiremuth score his third of the season to secure a 4-2 Norsemen victory. Geisel stopped 24 of 26 Bismarck shots while recording his eighth win of the season.

February 20th A three-goal third period was too much for the St. Cloud Norsmen to overcome as they fell to the Bismarck Bobcats 5-2 on Saturday night. In the first, the Bobcats took the lead in the early goings before Cooper Gay tied the game for St. Cloud with his second goal of his career and second in as many nights.  Early in the second, the Norsmen grabbed the advantage when Blake Perbix scored his second of the season before a mid-period tying goal by Bismarck. The third period saw the Bobcats pull away from the Norsemen with three goals of their own including the empty-net goal. 

With the loss, the Norsemen fall to 8-16-0 and will take on the Austin Bruins on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:05PM in Austin, MN. Mark Shelley will provide the Play-By-Play on the Lyon Sheet Metal & Heating Norsemen Network beginning at 7:00PM on HockeyTV. 

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Author: Amy Hefti

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