This Friday, Jan. 7, the Power will be back on home ice to play a single game against the Oregon Tradesmen. Prior to Showcase, which was the Power’s last games before break, Milwaukee scored themselves two points after an exciting shootout win against Oregon. This game, which took place on Dec. 10, was the Power’s first victory against the Tradesmen this season.
Like Milwaukee, Oregon had a 2-1 record in this year’s Showcase, beginning the week with a 4-1 win over the Texas Brahmas. The next day, they faced the Gillette Wild, who forced an overtime after tying up the game in the third. However, the Tradesmen scored an OT goal, taking the victory and an extra point. Oregon played their final game of Showcase against the Mason City Toros. The Toros came out on top with a 4-1 win over the Tradesmen, ensuring that Oregon would come off Showcase with a loss. At the end of the month, the Tradesmen played two games against the Wausau Cyclones; the series was split, with Oregon taking an 8-5 win the first game and Wausau winning 5-1 the next day.
Leading up to Showcase, Milwaukee lost in overtime against the Peoria Mustangs, then won in a shootout against the Tradesmen. With the Power going 2-1 in Showcase, they recorded a point streak of five and a three-game winning streak – their longest one this season. On day one of Showcase, Spencer Northway shut out the New Jersey Titans and the Power began their week with a 5-0 win. The following day, Milwaukee faced the Oklahoma City Ice Hawks for a morning matchup. The Power shined in the second period with four goals, setting themselves up for a 7-4 win against the Ice Hawks. Milwaukee ended this year’s Showcase with a final game against the New Ulm Steel. Unfortunately, the Power weren’t able to sweep their three-game series in Blaine and lost 4-1 to the Steel.
The Power and the Tradesmen have very similar Showcase experiences, with both teams winning two out of three games and losing 4-1 on the last day. Although Milwaukee has had their fair share of losses against Oregon this season, they’ve proven to be stronger over the past several games. Along with this, the Power just won against the Tradesmen, and with Oregon coming off a loss against the Cyclones, this gives Milwaukee the perfect opportunity to take another win from them.
Friday’s game begins at 8 p.m. immediately following Cedarburg High School’s junior varsity and varsity games; all students can stay for the Power’s game at no cost! Furthermore, Friday is also the Power’s Scout Night; all scouts wearing their uniform can attend for free! Finally, the Power is proud to announce our game-day sponsor for Friday: Versi-Foam! Versi-Foam offers easy-to-use spray foam insulation kits. Get to know more about its products at Friday’s game. It’s bound to be an exciting matchup, so come celebrate the new year with the Milwaukee Power!
Story by Julia Woodcock