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The Zombies used a huge first period en route to a win over Skillet that jumped them into second place in the Winter roller hockey league standings.

Skillet raced out to the early lead, with Colin Flyr scoring the game's first goal just :42 seconds after the puck dropped. Half of a minute later, the Zombies tied the game when Roman Briley found the back of the net. Bo Behlen, who had a monster game this week, then scored three goals in just under a minute-and-a-half to give the Zombies a 4-1 lead. Behlen's first goal was assisted by substitute player, Isaac Carstens. Skillet had an answer just over a minute after Behlen's hat trick, as Flyr set up Maclain Shevlin to make it 4-2. But, Behlen scored his fourth goal of the game with 6:16 to play in the first, and then set up Briley for his second with 3:03 to go. The two then teamed up once more, with Briley assisting on Behlen's fifth goal, giving the green squad a 7-2 lead. On the ensuing faceoff, Shevlin slapped a shot past the goalie to make it 7-3. But, with 1:49 to play in the first period, Behlen found the back of the net for the sixth time off an assist from Briley. At the intermission, the Zombies were in control, 8-3.

In the second period, Skillet tried to mount a comeback. They got off to a good start when Flyr scored his second goal of the game less than two minutes into the second period. Four minutes later, Braxton Borer recorded an assist on a Simon Janssen goal, and the red team was suddenly only down by three. But, the defenses and goalies of both teams tightened up, and neither team was able to score the rest of the way. At the final buzzer, the Zombies had won by the final score of 8-5. The two teams will meet again in two weeks to make up their original matchup from earlier in the season that was disrupted by a winter storm.

Teams (record) 1st 2nd OT Final Scorers
Skillet (2-2-0) 3 2 0 5 Colin Flyr (2G, 1A), Maclain Shevlin (2G), Simon Janssen (1G), Braxton Borer (1A)
Zombies (2-2-0) 8 0 0 8 Bo Behlen (6G, 1A), Roman Briley (2G, 2A), Isaac Carstens (sub)(1A)


The second game of the night between the undefeated Bumblebees and winless Blueberries didn't quite have the offensive production as the first, but was just as exciting of a game. Mason Hobza put the Bumblebees on the scoreboard first with a goal at 3:15 of the first period. About eight minutes then passed before we saw our second goal. This time, it came from the stick of Klayton McCoy, who scored his first goal with 3:50 left in the first. Exactly one minute later, McCoy tallied his second goal to give the Bees a 3-0 lead at the break.

In the second period, the Bees continued to build off of their lead. McCoy scored his hat trick goal at 4:25 of the second, following it up with another goal just :35 seconds later. Despite finding themselves in a 5-0 hole, the Blueberries continued to fight on. With 5:50 to play in the game, they finally broke through. Simon Janssen (substitute) set up Brendan Haynes for a one-timer, and the blue squad was on the board. Fifty seconds later, Haynes set up Isaac Carstens to make it 5-2. Despite their efforts to fight back into the game, the Blueberries were held of the scoresheet the rest of the way, and the Bees skated away with a 5-2 win.

Teams (record) 1st 2nd OT Final Scorers
Bumblebees (4-0-0) 3 2 0 5 Klayton McCoy (4G), Mason Hobza (1G)
Blueberries (0-4-0) 0 2 0 2 Brendan Haynes (1G, 1A), Isaac Carstens (1G)


Next week, Skillet will host the Bumblebees in the early game, with the Blueberries taking on the Zombies in the later game. (Reminder: The February 2nd hockey games were postponed to March 9th, leaving two weeks to play in the Winter hockey season. Playoffs were moved back to March 16th.)

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