Don't let the final score fool you. The matchup between Skillet and the Bumblebees came down to the final seconds to determine a winner. Skillet pushed the Bees toward the brink of their first loss, but a couple of late goals kept the yellow squad unbeaten on the season.

The early game began with a quick strike from the Bumblebees, with Klayton McCoy setting up Gunner Fink for the opening goal just 1:50 after the puck dropped. Six minutes later, McCoy set up another goal, this time off the stick of Chase Paczosa to give the Bees an early 2-0 lead. Skillet answered with 3:50 to play in the opening period with a full team effort. Simon Janssen sent the puck over to Colin Flyr who set up Maclain Shevlin to make it 2-1. The Bees regained their two-goal lead just over a minute later on an unassisted goal from McCoy. Then, with only :20 seconds left in the period, Cole Hobza and Fink set up Paczosa for his second goal of the game to give the yellow team a 4-1 lead at intermission.

Skillet came out in the second period ready to fight their way back into the game. Just twenty seconds into the period, Janssen helped set up a goal by Flyr to cut the deficit to just two. One minute later, the two teamed up again with Janssen finding the back of the net and Flyr recording the assist, to make it a one-goal game. Just over a minute later, McCoy helped push the Bees back out to a two-goal lead with his second goal of the game. After a few scoreless minutes, Skillet pulled back to within one on a goal by Isaac Carstens. Five minutes later, Skillet tied the score at 5-5 on Shevlin's second goal of the game. The pace was furious in the final few minutes, with both teams getting off several excellent shots. With only :49 seconds to play in the game, McCoy scored his hat trick goal to once again give the Bees the lead. Skillet pulled their goalie for the extra man advantage, but the Bees stole the puck, and McCoy found the back of the empty net to make it 7-5 late. On the ensuing faceoff, Cole Hobza ripped a shot past the goalie for a three-goal lead. One penalty was called late in the game which sent Paczosa to the box for tripping. But, the clock expired and the Bumblebees picked up another win, and guaranteed themselves a spot in the league championship game as the top seed.

Teams (record) 1st 2nd OT Final Scorers
Skillet (2-3-0) 1 4 0 5 Colin Flyr (1G, 2A), Simon Janssen (1G, 2A), Maclain Shevlin (2G)
Bumblebees (5-0-0) 4 4 0 8 Klayton McCoy (4G, 2A), Chase Paczosa (2G, 2PIM), Gunner Fink (1G, 1A), Cole Hobza (1G, 1A)

In our second contest of the week, the Blueberries came into the game still searching for that elusive first win. They were about to run into a team on a roll in the Zombies, who just last week jumped into second place, and overall appear to be hitting their stride as we inch closer to the playoffs. The Zombies wasted little time taking control of this game. At 3:03 of the first period, Mason Klug slipped a shot past the goalie for the first goal of the game. Thirty seconds later, Klug set up Bo Behlen to make it 2-0 in favor of the Zombies. Klug then scored his second goal of the game just :19 seconds later. Following a few minutes of better defensive play on both ends, the Zombies were again finding the back of the net. With 4:36 to play in the first, Roman Briley got in on the scoring action. Klug picked up the hat trick with only 1:12 to play in the opening period. At the break, the Zombies were on top, 5-0.

There was a quick pace to start the second period, with the Zombies extending their lead to six less than a minute in when Briley assisted on Behlen's second goal of the game. The Blueberries had a quick answer when Brendan Haynes ripped a shot past the goalie to make it 6-1. But, the Zombies countered, with Klug scoring his fourth of the game. With just over nine minutes to play in the game, Mason Fink was sent to the penalty box for roughing, giving the Blueberries an opportunity to get back into the game. The Zombies had other things in mind, however, as Briley stole the puck and raced down the floor to score a shorthanded goal. The Blueberries ultimately capitalized on the power play opportunity seconds later, with Haynes scoring his second goal of the game to make it 8-2. It would be the final goal of the game for the blue squad, despite several good looks late in the game. Briley would add two late goals for the Zombies, one assisted by Behlen, as they skated away with a 10-2 victory over the Blueberries.

Teams (record) 1st 2nd OT Final Scorers
Blueberries (0-5-0) 0 2 0 2 Brendan Haynes (1G, 1PPG)
Zombies (3-2-0) 5 5 0 10 Mason Klug (4G, 1A), Roman Briley (4G, 1A), Bo Behlen (2G, 1A), Mason Fink (2PIM

Next week, we will be making up the games originally scheduled for February 2nd. Playoffs have been moved back to March 16th.
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