There is aggressive and then there’s controlled aggression. The Ice Bears came out of the locker room determined to control the pace of play in their North Shore Conference tilt with the Cedarburg Bulldogs. Coach Hebda has stressed puck control all year and the Bears responded scoring three times in the first and never looking back.
Andy Butler (Germantown) continued his hot start to the season scoring one minute and fifteen second into the first period. The Bears continued to pressure Cedarburg and just over a minute later Riley McClarran (West Bend West) took a feed from Gavin Pickett (West Bend West) and scored the second of the period to put the Bears up 2-0. Ian Devenport (West Bend East) capped off the Bears best first period of the season scoring on the powerplay 36 seconds before the horn.
Cedarburg dialed up the physical play in the second period determined to get back into the game. The Ice Bears continued to play puck control and McClarran was rewarded with his second of the game with helpers from Pickett and Timm Snider (Port Washington) at the 15:21 mark. When the 2nd period horn sounded the Bears we’re up 4-0.
More of the same from Cedarburg in the 3rd and tensions started to rise quickly. While Cedarburg finally figured out goalie Chris Clement (Slinger) sliding one past the junior netminder, the physical play ramped up even further. Andy Butler slammed the door on the Bulldogs scoring on the powerplay at 7:32 of the third. Nate Kandel (West Bend West) and Ethan Coughlin (West Bend West) were credited with assists on the Butler goal. As the buzzer sounded to end the 3rd, the Bears came out on top 5-1.
Clement turned away 15 of the 16 Cedarburg shots he faced earning his 4th win of the season.
The Bears are now 4-2 and 1-1 in North Shore Conference play. They travel to take on Janesville Tuesday night December 12th at 7:00pm. The Ice Bears come back home Saturday night December 16th at 7:00pm versus Kenosha at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center.