Power sweeps St. Louis and clinches playoff spot

Feb 6, 2023

The Milwaukee Power clinched a playoff berth for the first time in 4 years with a sweep of the St. Louis Jr. Blues at Kettle Moraine Ice Center this past weekend.

Friday the Power won in a 7-0 shutout and Saturday continued the offensive blast with a 9-2 victory.

Friday night started out slow for both teams as neither could find the back of the net for a 0-0 tie after one period.  The Power scored three in the second period with a power play goal from Blake Keller at the 4:40 mark off assists from Mike Dalaly and Matthew Ebersole and two unassisted Patrick Toomey goals at 5:47 and 19:15 giving the Power a 3-0 lead after two.

Patrick Toomey and Blake Keller both completed hat tricks in the third period. Toomey’s third goal of the night came at the 3:30 mark of assists from Mike Dalaly and Tommy Kundinger.  Keller’s second goal of the night came at the 5:21 mark with an assist from Patrick Toomey and his third goal came at the 6:53 mark off assists from Zach Wolverton and Mike Dalaly.  Luke Nemeth added the Power’s 7th goal at the 12:30 mark off assists from Connor O’Neal and Rocco Cicirello.

Adam Prokop recorded the shutout victory saving all 22 Jr. Blues shots.  The Power had 70 shots on the night.

The Ally three stars of the game were Blake Keller, Adam Prokop and Patrick Toomey.  The Versi-foam Hard Hat Player of the Game was Connor O’Neal.

Saturday it was St. Louis that got on the board first at the 3:48 mark of the first for the early 1-0 lead.  Connor O’Neal tied it up less than 3 minutes later scoring off assists from Luke Nemeth and Rocco Cicrello.  Colin March gave the Power the lead at the 16:02 mark off assists from Gavin Reidy and Owen Drake and never looked back.

Blake Keller scored his 4th goal on the weekend at the 6:50 mark off assists from Mike Dalaly and Patrick Toomey, Bryce Garber scored from Toomey and Jack Schaefer at 11:05 mark and Matthew Ebersole took a Gavin Reidy pass and added another just eight seconds later. Max Erstad scored from Dalaly and Nemeth for a 6-1 lead after 2.

The third period added three more goals from the Power from Connor O’Neal, Patrick Toomey and Max Mudge.  Jack Schaefer, Luke Nemeth, Bryce Garber, Odin Kelbba, Owen Drake and Matthew Ebersole all had assists.  St. Louis got on the board at the 12:15 mark but couldn’t pull any closer and the Power sealed the victory and sweep.

Gavin Wohlmacher collected his first win in the Power net, saving 26 of 28 shots on goal.

The Ally three stars of the game were Luke Nemeth, Connor O’Neal and Gavin Wohlmacher.  The Versi-foam Hard Hat Player of the Game was Rocco Cicirello.

Thank you to Atlas Mudjacking for sponsoring Camp Hometown Heroes Weekend.  The Power raised $5,000 to benefit Camp Hometown Heroes.

The Power is on the road this weekend to face the Mustangs in Peoria.  Friday is a 7:00 game and Saturday is 6:00pm.  Both games will be broadcast on Hockey TV.

The Power returns home Friday and Saturday, February 17-18 for Hockey Fights Cancer Weekend and our final Skate with the Power Night on Friday sponsored by US Cellular West Bend.  Friday night is also West Bend School District Night and will include the West Bend High School Wind, Brass and Fire Band.  Fans will receive a Power Rally Towel compliments of US Cellular.

Saturday is the annual Teddy Bear Toss night sponsored by Jones for Judge.  Please bring new teddy bears to throw onto the ice when the Power scores their first goal. Teddy bears will be donated to the West Bend Police Department and the Ronald McDonald House. The weekend will include performances by the Kettle Moraine Figure Skating Club.