West Bend (13-3-0) hosted Mosinee (9-5-0) on Saturday night at the KMIC. Mosinee has always been a bit of a thorn in the Bombers’ side, as Mosinee has won 13 out of the 20 matchups between the two teams over the past ten seasons. West Bend would come out on top with a huge 7-3 win, keeping them in the hunt for their fifth consecutive division title.
Marshall Klitzke opened up the scoring with his fourth goal of the season, four minutes into the contest. Mosinee added a late period goal to even up the score thanks to Omar Mullen scoring his seventh goal of the season. Mosinee captain, Greg Hanson, made a fantastic play, skating coast to coast, spinning off a bomber defender, and finding his open man in front for the easy goal. Tom Green of West Bend would respond with his third goal of the season with two minutes to go in the period. West Bend would carry their 2-1 lead into the second frame.
Mosinee got a quick goal to open the period and even the score. Once again, Omar Mullen put it home after reviving a pass from the leagues’ best defenseman, Greg Hanson. Minutes later, Tanner Tryggestad of West Bend found a juicy rebound off a shot from Shay Klitzke and made no mistake, as he scored his third goal of the season. Following the goal, the game saw it’s first penalty when Theran Bauer of Mosinee slashed Scott Holtz’s stick breaking it in two. Holtz was none too pleased, as you could hear him say “You owe me $250 bucks!” as Bauer skated to the box. West Bend would carry a 3-2 lead into the final period.
The game got away from Mosinee in this period as West Bend tacked on four goals. Scott Holtz scored his 10th of the year, and followed that up with a drop pass assist to Dan Shilts on his next shift, making it a 5-2 game. Cole Weiser scored his first goal of the year after a near missed call by the officials. Connor Jonasson would tally the last Bomber goal making it a 7-2 game with three minutes to play. Eric Vehlow would add one more goal for Mosinee to make it a 7-3 hockey game and that would be the final.
Billy Sias had a huge bounceback game after struggling a bit versus Calumet on Friday night. He stopped 37 out of 40 shots. West Bend has two huge games left to play in the regular season against Fond du Lac and Calumet. They will more than likely need to win both games to clinch the GLHL division title.