West Bend, WI – The West Bend Power are hitting the road to St. Louis for another two-game road weekend. The Power square off against St. Louis Saturday, December 2, and Sunday December 3 at Affton Ice Rink. Puck drop is at 3:30pm and 11:40am CST respectively. The Kundinger Fluid Power Player of the Weekend is awarded to Cole Fenske who scored three goals and one assist in two games versus Peoria.
Moving the Momentum
The West Bend Power started a new win streak at home sweeping the Peoria Mustangs on Friday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Nov. 25. Head Coach Jason Woods was thoroughly pleased with the past two games versus Peoria and wants the Power to carry that momentum into St. Louis. “We played some of our best hockey last weekend and we need to build off of that while keeping our momentum going,” Woods said.
Coach Woods stressed the importance of focusing and playing a full complete game to continue getting results. “We need to continue to approach each weekend with our team-first mindset and be focused, ready to play three complete periods of hockey and good things will continue to happen.”
Across the Aisle
The St. Louis Jr. Blues remain in the Central Division’s 6th place position while currently on a four-game losing skid, going 1-8-0-1 in their last ten games. Despite their struggles in the standings, St. Louis remains a very disciplined team. They have the second fewest penalty minutes in the Central Division with 292. The Jr. Blues also have the fifth lowest penalty minutes per game, average 17.18 per game in 17 games played.
The Jr. Blues offense will continue to be led by forwards Connor Westbrock and Mason Wright. Playing in his second season with St. Louis, Westbrock leads his team with 15 points, 10 assists and 68 penalty minutes through 15 games. Second on the Jr. Blues with 13 points, rookie Mason Wright is also first on the roster with 8 goals, all coming in 17 games this season. Westbrock appears to be mentoring the younger forward for the future in St Louis.
Goaltending seems to be set for the rest of the year in St. Louis. Czech rookie Matyas Bajgar has the highest save percentage of the four rostered goalies with 0.913 through three games this season and 4.00 goals allowed average. Bajgar’s goaltending partner, Jordan Behnen is more experienced with the North American game with similar numbers. Behnen has started 8 games this season earning a 0.9016 save percentage and 4.50 goals allowed average.
Frank Zawrazky is off this weekend with the Power on the road but returns to the headset on Friday, December 8 for the next home game against the Oregon Tradesmen at 7:30pm Kettle Moraine Ice Center. December 8 is Gingerbread House/Toy Drive Weekend sponsored by Bubon Orthodontics. Fans will receive $5 admission with a donation to the Youth and Family Project’s Gingerbread House. This weekend’s games in St. Louis and all games this season, are streaming on www.nahltv.com.