West Bend, WI – The West Bend Power are going on their first extended road trip of the season to St. Louis. The Power clash with the Jr. Blues for the third and fourth games in a row on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12. Puck drop on Saturday is at 3:30pm CST and 11:40am CST on Sunday. The Kundinger Fluid Power Player of the Weekend is Owen Drake, who scored two goals during the victory on Nov. 3 at home versus St. Louis.
Sweeping St. Louis
West Bend won their first two matchups against St. Louis at home on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4. Friday’s face off was a 4-1 decision for the Power led by Owen Drake’s two goals, and Gavin Wohlmacher’s sensational 16 saves on 17 shots.
Saturday’s 2-1 shootout victory was closer in score with a higher volume of opportunities for West Bend. Despite putting 52 shots on the St. Louis net, each team had a single goal after regulation and overtime. With the game on his stick, Andrew Butler scored the tiebreaker in shootout, securing a West Bend sweep of the weekend.
Power Head Coach Jason Woods is excited for his group to grow together on the road this weekend.
“Should be a fun time on our first extended road trip,” Woods said. “This is a great opportunity to use this weekend to continue building the team chemistry.”
Last series is an important reminder for Woods that the team needs to continue their high level of play against St. Louis.
“St. Louis played a great weekend of games last weekend so we will head there knowing we are going to have to be at our best!”
Across the Aisle
Second on the Jr. Blues in goals this season, Matthew Mahoney notched his fifth tally of the year, the only St. Louis regulation goal on Nov. 4. Mahoney is also second on his Jr Blues squad in penalty minutes, earning 52 through 15 games played.
Adding to the St. Louis roster, defenseman Kelly Coldwater will use his frame and age to help develop the up-and-coming blue line. Coldwater is the oldest defenseman on his team at just 19 years old and can potentially impart some wisdom on his young back-end teammates.
Despite only playing in two games in his NA3HL rookie season so far, Matyas Bajgar looks be a potential starter the remainder of the year. Despite his Nov. 4 loss, Bajgar turned away 50 of 52 shots on goal throughout regulation, overtime, and the shootout. Expect him to get at least one start this coming series.
Both Saturday and Sunday’s games will be broadcast on NAHL TV. Frank Zawrazky will return for the next Power home games when the Peoria Mustangs return to Kettle Moraine Ice Center Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday Nov. 25 for 80’s weekend. Friday is Stop Hunger Night. Fans will receive $5 admission with 2 or more non-perishable food items to benefit the West Bend Full Shelf Food Pantry. Saturday is TDS Skate with the Power Night sponsored by TDS Telecom and The Outbreak. The first 250 fans will receive a free TDS Fiberoptic light up wand. All games this season are streaming on www.nahltv.com. https://nahltv.com/