West Bend (2-0-0) defeated the Marquette Mutineers (1-0-1) Saturday night by the score of 4-3. It did not take the regular three periods to decide a victor however. The game was pushed to an overtime. Both teams were coming off victories on Friday night, both games resulting in high scores. Marquette defeated Monroe by the score of 10-7 and West Bend edged out Fond du Lac 8-6.
The Bombers drew first blood at the 15:04 mark of the first period from a goal by Russell Johnson, his second of the season. Evan Wilson of West Bend quickly made it 2-0 thirty seconds later in his first game of the season. The Marquette offense didn’t stay quiet for long, as top scorer from last season Dallas McLaughlin made it 2-1 on a powerplay goal. West Bend took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
West Bends Marshall Klitzke continued his hot start to the season with a goal at the 7:50 mark of the second period. Klitzke has three goals in two games on the Bomber blue line to start his season. Newcomer Logan Limeron tallied his first career assist on Klitzkes goal. Dallas McLaughlin answered again for the Mutineers a little more than a minute later with his second goal of the night to bring Marquette within one again.
Early in the third, McLaughlin scored his third goal of the night evening up the score. . West Bend outshot Marquette in this period 18-7. Mutineer goaltender Brandon Knopp was outstanding in this period stopping all 18 shots West Bend threw at him. Shots were 45-27 in favor of West Bend heading into overtime.
Just eight seconds into the overtime period, Marquette forward Ryan Sullivan brought down West Bend forward Dan Shilts giving the Bombers a powerplay. It would prove to be a very costly penalty for the Mutineers as just 52 seconds into the man advantage, West Bend scored to win the game. The puck was fired on net by Dan Shilts which then was deflected into the net by Logan Limeron, scoring his first career goal in a big way for the Bombers.
Eric Everson made his first start of the season in net for West Bend. He stopped 24 of 27 shots and earned his first win of the season. Brandon Knopp was a huge reason for Marquette forcing the game to overtime as he stopped 43 of 47 shots for the Mutineers.