Power drops 2 to Oregon in home and away series

Oct 9, 2023

The Power’s unbeaten streak came to an end this weekend, as the team dropped 2 games to the Oregon Tradesmen in the first home-and-away series of the season.  The Power picked up one point as Saturday night’s match-up ended in a tied and was forced to overtime and a shoot-out.

Friday, it was all Tradesmen at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center.  Oregon jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period off goals from Erick Bachtle.  The Tradesmen added two more at the 15:51 and 13:30 mark of the second before the Power pulled goaltender Brooks Barofsky for Gavin Wohlmacher.  The Power got some momentum and got on the scoreboard at the 2:11 mark when Bryce Garber scored off assists from Owen Drake and Zach Wolverton.  Any momentum the Power was feeling was halted when Oregon managed to get their fifth goal of the night with under a minute to play in the second.  Oregon sealed the scoring and victory at the 16:55 mark of the third period to bring the final to 6-1.  Oregon had 36 shots on goal to the Power’s 28.  The Versi-foam Hart Hat Player of the game was Rocco Cicirello.

Saturday the Power hit the road for the first time this season to travel to the Oregon Ice Arena.  It was Oregon who started the scoring and once again led 2-0 at the end of the first period.  The second period belonged to the Power, scoring 4 times.  Carter Kotrba got the Power on the board with his first goal of the season at 11:25 off assists from Liam Fraser and Bryce Garber.  Jace Fitzgerald scored twice in the period, his first and second goals of the season, at the 4:06 mark off an assist from Liam Fraser and then again at the 2:10 mark, this time assisted by Teagan Scheurer.  Oregon was able to tie it up at the 1:28 mark of the second.  Andrew Butler put the Power back on top 4-3 with a goal with just seconds remaining in the period.  He was assisted by Teagan Scheurer.

The only scoring in the third belonged to Oregon when the Power couldn’t control the defensive zone face off and Will Falconer tied the game at the 7:34 mark of the third.  The Power had a chance to take the lead on a penalty shot, but Bryce Garber could not get it past Oregon goaltender Tyler Fromholz and the game remained tied, forcing overtime.  Neither team was able to capitalize on the 5 minute 3-on-3 play and forced a shoot-out.

Jace Fitzgerald was unable to start the scoring in the shoot-out. Oregon’s first shooter, JC Humphreys, a recent NAHL pick up, got the first shot past Wohlmacher.  Andrew Butler was the Power’s second shooter and was unable to provide a tally.  Oregon sent Parker Murn up next and he was able to finish the night for the Power, giving Oregon a 5-4 victory. 

The Power had 52 shots on goal to Oregon’s 50. The Kundinger Power Player of the Weekend is Jace Fitzgerald for scoring two goals in Saturday’s match up.

The Power was able pick up one point but will look to get back on track and onto their winning ways next weekend when they face the Wausau Cyclones in another home-and-away series.  The Power will be home at Kettle Moraine Ice Center Friday, October 13, 7:30pm for Mental Health Awareness Night in conjunction with NAMI Washington County sponsored by DNA Hemp.  They will travel to Marathon Park Saturday for a 7:10 puck drop for Wausau’s home opener.

Both games will be broadcast on NAHL TV.