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If there was anxiety, it didn’t necessarily show.

What helped ease it was finally connecting on a power play — and breaking the late deadlock.

West Bend’s Ian Devenport tapped in a power-play goal at the 12 minute, 22-second mark of the third period in Tuesday night’s WIAA regional semifinal to lift the Ice Bears to a 2-1 victory against No. 10 seed Beaver Dam at the Kettle Moraine Ice Center.

No. 7 seed West Bend (17-7) moves on to face No. 2 seed Saint Mary’s Springs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the BlueLine Ice Center. Devenport, a senior from East, found himself mashed together with several other bodies in front of Beaver Dam goaltender Marshall Goodrich during the extra-man session, the second of three West Bend earned Tuesday. “It went through a few defenders’ legs, and I just saw it, put my head down and buried it,” the forward said.

Added classmate Eli Kopish, “It was sitting between his legs, underneath him, and I poked it. The next thing I know, it was on the goal line. I don’t know how it got in after that.”

West Bend controlled the contest for much of the night to that point, but only had one goal to show for it. The Ice Bears ended up with 35 shots on goal, but just two got past Goodrich.

“It was a little closer than we wanted,” Devenport joked of the final result. West Bend previously beat Beaver Dam, 5-2, on Jan. 30, the second game of what has become a six-game win streak.

“It was mostly just keep working,” he added of prethird period chatter.


Beaver Dam’s Ian Conlin skates by members of West Bend’s team celebrating a goal in the second period of a WIAA playoff game Tuesday in West Bend. John Ehlke/Daily News

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