The Milwaukee Power were back in action last weekend after having two weeks off following the NA3HL Showcase. They played a home and home series with the Oregon Tradesmen, who had played as recently as December 30th. On Friday at home the Power would start Spencer Northway in goal while the Tradesmen went with Ian Hedican.
The first period would see a high volume of shots from both sides and only one penalty per side. The Power started to gain momentum with an emphasis on their physicality and began to keep the Tradesmen pinned in their zone. Mason Ausmus would open the scoring just past the halfway point of the period, Matthew Ebersole and Connor O’Neal were credited with the assists. Milwaukee would lead by one after the first.
The Tradesmen would take two penalties early in the second frame but were able to kill off both of them. Just past the halfway point Oregon would tie the game with the goal coming from Dillon Schmidt. The Power would respond a minute later with Nate Stone scoring off of a pass from Ausmus to regain the lead. The score would remain unchanged for the remainder of the second.
The third period saw two minutes of 4 on 4 action early on and no more penalties would be called for the remainder of the contest. Stone would score his second goal of the evening just shy of the halfway mark, Michael Dalaly was credited with the assist. With just over eight minutes remaining Carter Watters would bring the Tradesmen back within one. Oregon would keep the pressure on in the closing minutes but were held off by Northway as he picked up his seventh win.
The Master Printwear 3 Stars of the Game:
3rd Star – #31 Spencer Northway
2nd Star – #12 Mason Ausmus
1st Star – #21 Nate Stone
Coachs Pub ‘N’ Grill Hard Hat Player of the Game:
#3 Konrad Clements
On Saturday the Power were the road team and would start Northway again and the Tradesmen would start Anthony Adleman. Oregon would score two goals in the first, one of them coming while on the power play. The Power would struggle to stay out of the penalty box and gave up another power play goal along with two even strength goals to the Tradesmen. Oregon would score their sixth unanswered goal early in the third but Ben Cremers would score shortly after to get Milwaukee on the board, assisted by Dalaly and Ausmus. In the final minutes O’Neal would score unassisted to make the score 6-2 in favor of Oregon and it would remain unchanged.
The slow start for the Power offense and high number of penalties led to the loss. With 17 games remaining the Power need every point they can get to close the five point gap in the standings to the Wausau Cyclones. Both the Tradesmen and Cyclones come to Milwaukee this week. Catch all the action live on HockeyTV.