Lessons In A Loss

The Milwaukee Power went on the road this past weekend for their first road series against the Breezy Point North Stars. The Power were coming off of a 7-0 September and we battling for the top record in the NA3HL. The North Stars were 1-5 coming into the weekend looking to bounce back from a rough start to the season.

The 1st period came and went with both sides failing to light the lamp or reach double-digit shots on net. Chuck Bay opened the scoring in the 2nd with a beautiful deke past the Stars defense to go top-shelf. The Stars would respond to tie the game but Bay added another goal to give Milwaukee the lead heading into the 3rd.

Breezy Point would tie the game in the 3rd on a power play goal. The contest couldn't be decided in regulation so it went to overtime. With less than a minute left in the 5-minute overtime period the Stars scored to hand Milwaukee their first loss of the season. The Power did however come out with a point to help put some distance between themselves and the rest of the Central Division. "That was a very winnable game for us, we couldn't stay out of the box and we paid for it in the 3rd. You can't take 24-minutes in penalties, especially when you have the lead on the road," said Austin Keiser, Assistant Coach.

The 2nd game saw a major shift as the Power took only 10-minutes of penalties and none in the 3rd period. The 1st period was scoreless like the night before. Ivan Bilyy scored on a wacky bounce in the 2nd while on the power play. Ben Beversdorf and Logan Geisness added power play goals of their own in the 3rd period to put the game away. Aaron Dickstein registered the first shutout performance of his career and in the Power's history to put his record to 8-0-1.

"We came out of this trip with three out of the four points we could've got but I think having that loss in overtime has already helped us see that you can't take any team lightly even if they have a losing record and that will stick with us the rest of the way," said Fred Berry, Head Coach. 

Milwaukee takes on two division opponents this week starting with the Wausau River Wolves for the first time tonight at 7:30PM at Wilson Ice Arena, and the Coulee Region Chill for the third time on Saturday at 7:00PM in La Crosse. The Power are leading the Central Division by 6-points over the St. Louis Jr. Blues and look to widen the gap before the Blues come to Milwaukee in November.

 

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