West Bend (12-3-0) played host to Calumet (11-2-0) on Friday night at the KMIC. West Bend would get their first taste of a completely revamped Calumet team, which has been one of the best in the league this season. After just an (11-15-0) season in 2016/2017, Calumet has added fast, young, talent from Calumet High School in Ed Beiring, Rory Anderson, and Trevor Johnson. This has made them a contender for the league title this season. With just four games left on the schedule for West Bend coming into this game, this matchup with Calumet meant alot in terms of seeding for the postseason.
West Bend would open up the scoring on a rebound goal from Dan Shilts (13th). Calumet was quick to respond with a goal of their own from Ed Beiring (14th). West Bend then took two minor penalties at the 3:52 mark of the first putting them down 5 on 3. Calumet put excellent pressure on West Bend and finally broke through Bomber netminder, Billy Sias, just after the penalties expired. Chuck Marcoe (2nd) had given his team the lead heading into the second period.
Russell Johnson opened up the scoring in the second frame on his 23rd goal of the season, evening up the score. This is where the circus began. At the 14:10 mark of the period, Trevor Johnson of Calumet and Shay Klitzke of West Bend took coincidental minors. Usually, an official would keep play at 5 on 5 in this situation, but this officiating crew decided to have the teams play at 4 on 4. Well, twenty seconds later, Nick Patrick of Calumet and Tanner Tryggestad took another set of coincidental minors. These penalties were once again put up on the board resulting in 3 on 3. Thirty-six seconds later, Dan Shilts of West Bend took a high-sticking penalty which then had to be stacked on top of the previous two penalties. In between this saga of events, longtime Wolverine, Jeff Erkkila, scored his ninth goal of the season, giving Calumet the lead once again. Rory Anderson then added another goal (10th) to make it 4-2 Calumet. Anderson then set up Logan Rastello (18th) giving the Wolverines a 3 goal lead heading into the third period.
West Bend came out very strong in the third period, peppering Calumet goaltender, Ryan Patrick with 21 shots in the period. Russell Johnson scored his second goal of the night with eight minutes left to play, cutting the deficit to two. Josh Harju of Calumet then took a minor penalty for high-sticking following the West Bend goal. Devin Stuermer capitalized on the powerplay for the Bombers on his fourth goal of the season, bringing West Bend within one. With all of the momentum in the building swinging in West Bends favor, the Bombers made a catastrophic turnover in their own end resulting in a 2 on 0. Billy Sias did all he could, but the puck still got by him. The Wolverines then cruised to a 6-4 victory.
West Bend takes on Mosinee (9-4-0) tonight at the KMIC, who is coming off a 3-1 loss against Fond du Lac (10-4-0) last night. West Bend beat the Papermakers last Friday on the road by the score of 7-4. West Bend needs to win these last three games if they want a chance at winning their fifth consecutive division title.