West Bend (3-0-0) defeated Depere (0-4-0) in the 11th annual Veterans Cup game on Friday night by the score of 10-0. West Bend also hosted their annual Teddy Bear Toss on Friday night. West Bend has had great success against Depere throughout the years, as West Bend has a (20-9-0) all-time record against the Deacons.
West Bend opened the scoring around the 13 minute mark of the first period when Bomber newcomer, Logan Lemirande, scored his first of three goals on the night. Dusty Jonasson had an excellent behind the back pass to Lemirande leading to the goal. After Lemirande’s goal, fans tossed their teddy bears on the ice for the West Bend Boys and Girls Club. Another new face for West Bend, Riley Morse, scored a goal for West Bend one minute later. Russell Johnson followed that up with his third goal of the season to make it 3-0. Dan Shilts then capitalized on the powerplay for the Bombers on an excellent set-up from blueliner Marshall Klitzke. Depere decided to pull their starting goalie, Zach Turney, after allowing 4 goals on 12 shots. Former Bomber Jose Matamoros came in relief of Turney. Lemirande scored his second of the night following the Shilts goal, which was followed by Shilts’ second goal of the night. West Bend took a 6-0 lead into the second period, outshooting the Deacons 17-6 in the first frame.
The second period was less eventful, as the first goal didn’t come until halfway through the frame. Bomber secret agent, who we will call #27, scored a powerplay goal making it 7-0. Russell Johnson followed that up with his second goal of the night on an excellent pass from behind the net by Shay Klitzke. Klitzke would bury West Bend’s ninth goal of the night fifty seconds later on a laser shot from the slot which went right over Matamoros’ glove. West Bend took a 9-0 lead into the third period. Bomber goaltender, Eric Everson, was very sharp this period making 13 saves.
Depere once again brought in a new goaltender as they had three on their bench. Jake Jankowski came in and made 10 out of 11 saves for Depere, only getting beaten once by Logan Lemirande. Completing his hattrick on an excellent tip-in goal, set up by mystery man, #27. West Bend then held on to seal the deal defeating Depere 10-0 and bringing the Veterans Cup back to The Hangar. Everson ended his night with a 29 save shutout, his first in his Bomber career.