New Ulm Steel lose in shootout to Willmar

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm Steel forward Jack Parks tries to get through a pair of Willmar Warhawks players during the first period Saturday at the New Ulm Civic Center. For more photos of this event go to

NEW ULM — For the second straight game, the New Ulm Steel lost a game in an extra session.

Willmar’s Cameron Pries’ beat Steel goalie Ryan Beilenberg and lifted the Warhawks to a 4-3 win over New Ulm Saturday night at the New Ulm Civic Center.

Kirk Coppock, a forward from Thunder Bay, Ontario who scored two goals Friday, added two more Saturday. Tom Reilly also scored a goal. Alex Nagel and Luc Kreuser each had two assists with Jack Parks and Nick Wieben each adding a helper.

Beilenberg stopped 36 of 40 Warhawk shots.

“Two nights in a row we had a third period lead and we threw it away,” said Steel coach Andrew Kolb who saw his team lose a 5-3 lead in the third period Friday to Granite City and lose in overtime. “It is kind of frustrating [because] you want to win your home opener.”

The Steel grabbed a 1-0 lead at the 4:04 mark of the second period when Tom Reilly beat Willmar goalie Brady Anderson.

But that lead lasted all of seven seconds as Jacob Berkowitze knotted the game.

Coppock’s first goal of the game at the 5:29 mark of the second period saw New Ulm take a 2-1 lead. But just under eight minutes later, the Warhawks’ Jordan Cooper tied the game on a power play.

Coppock’s second goal with just 55 seconds left in the second period again moved the Steel into a one-goal lead.

Once again, Willmar was able to tie the game, this time knotting it at the 6:54 mark on Berkowitz’ second goal sending the game into a scoreless overtime and eventually a shootout.