West Bend, WI – The West Bend Power get set for the St. Louis Jr. Blues in their final two matchups this regular season on Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16. Both games start at 7:30pm CST. The Kundinger Fluid Power Players of the weekend are Cole Fenske, Max Mudge and Bryce Garber.
Additionally, Dec. 15 is Scout Night sponsored by Bubon Orthodontics. All girl and boy scouts receive free admission. Dec. 16 is Ugly Christmas Sweater night sponsored by Westbury Bank. Fans wearing their best Ugly Christmas Sweater will receive $5 admission and have a chance to win prizes during intermission.
The West Bend Power swept the weekend against Oregon, winning 6-2 Dec. 8 at home and 2-1 on the road in overtime on Dec. 9. Along with the final St. Louis series, the Power play in the NA3HL Showcase in Blane, MN from Dec. 17-19, resulting in five games in five days.
Head Coach Jason Woods highlighted the need for mindfulness with the workload in front of the team the next five days. “It’s a busy 5 days ahead for the boys,” said Woods. “The challenge in front of them is substantial. We just need to put our heads down and go to work one day at a time.”
Across the Aisle
The St. Louis Jr. Blues find themselves on another three-game losing streak. Their most recent victory was on Dec. 2 at home against West Bend 3-2. The Jr. Blues remain last in the Central Division with a record of 3-16-0-2 and 8 points.
Despite having a -61 goal differential, fifth worst in the NA3HL leaguewide, the St. Louis goaltending tandem has produced solid numbers. Their starter, Jordan Behnen, has a 0.895 save percentage despite allowing an average of 4.60 goals per game. Czech netminder Matyas Bajgar earned a 0.916 save percentage and 3.70 goals allowed average through six games this season.
With a young core growing into the junior hockey style of play, leadership remains pivotal. Leading his team with 11 assists and 18 points through 17 games, Connor Westbrock is showing the young Jr. Blues team work ethic. This appears to have rubbed off on one forward already. Rookie Mason Wright is first on his squad with 8 goals in 21 games this season. Wright also is second behind Westbrock with 9 assists and 17 points in the same timeframe.
Frank Zawrazky is on the headset this weekend for the contests against the St. Louis Jr. Blues. Puck drop on both Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 is at 7:30pm CST. All games this season are streaming on www.nahltv.com. https://nahltv.com/