The Milwaukee Power welcomes the Oregon Tradesmen back to Kettle Moraine Ice Center on Friday for the teams’ 5th meeting this season. The weekend is a Home and Away series, as the Power will travel to Oregon for Saturday’s match up. Oregon leads the season series to date 3-1 with the Power taking the most recent meeting on December 3 with a 5-4 overtime win in Oregon.
The Power is coming off a split with the Rochester Grizzlies and is now 20-13-2-1 in third place. The Tradesmen are 24-6-3-1 and tied with the Grizzlies for first place. Ten points separate the top four teams in the Central Division.
The Power is led in scoring by Patrick Toomey with 47 points (24 goals/23 assists), Blake Keller with 35 (total) points, Max Erstad (29 points) and Mike Dalaly (25 points). The Tradesmen are led in scoring by Bryce Stensrud (43 points), Carter Watters (42 points) and Nathan Walker (34 points).
The Power is expected to start Adam Prokop in the Power net. Oregon will likely start Tyler Fromolz at goalie.
“We need to bounce back strong after last Sunday’s loss to Rochester. Playing disciplined hockey will be key this weekend as we’ve had just too many penalties in our last two series. We have to continue to stay consistent with our structure as we head into this final stretch leading into the playoffs,” said Power Assistant Coach Jeremy Ebert.
Friday is Big Brothers Big Sisters and Youth Hockey Night sponsored by 6th Avenue BBQ Pit Bar and Grill in downtown West Bend.
Saturday’s match up will be at Oregon Ice Center. Both games are at 7:30pm and will be broadcast on HockeyTV.