Hockey in Lake Tahoe

Series Preview: Lake Tahoe Icemen versus Long Beach Bombers at Tahoe

This will be the first and only match-up between the Icemen and the Bombers in the regular season.  Both teams are coming off a three-game win streak.  Head Coach Mickey Lang is optimistic ahead of the series saying, “We have to work hard, be good defensively, and when we get our scoring chances we need to finish.”

Overview

The Long Beach Bombers head to Lake Tahoe with a 10-4-1 record on the road.  They have 53 points in 34 games.  They have 182 goals for, 108 goals against, and a 25% success rate on the powerplay.  At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Icemen need to stay out of the box.  The Bombers have an 84% success rate on the penalty kill.  They are currently ranked first in the Western Division.  The Bombers have 417 penalty minutes in the season so far, an average of less than 13 minutes per game.

The Tahoe Icemen have a 10-5-2 record at home, with 39 points in 36 games.  They have 159 goals for, 158 goals against, and aren’t far behind the Bombers with a 23% success rate on the powerplay.  The Icemen have an 80% success rate on the penalty kill.  They are currently ranked third in the Northwest Division.  They have 976 penalty minutes in the season, an average of just over 27 minutes per game.  Hopefully the Icemen have a strategy for staying out of the penalty box.  The Icemen need all the points they can get ahead of the playoffs if they’d like to recover second place in their division.

Goaltending

The Long Beach Bombers have three goaltenders on their roster.  Matthew Ayers (34) has a .896 save percentage in 23 games played.  Domenic Bosetti (37) has two assists and a .90 save percentage in 31 games played.  Recent acquisition Anthony Barba (34) came from the Ontario Avalanche with a .878 save percentage in 7 games played with Ontario.

The Tahoe Icemen have four goalies on their roster.  Wade Conlan (1) has a .903 save percentage in 26 games played.  Tommy Spero (29) has a .893 save percentage in 21 games played.  Lanny Blitt (29) has a .869 save percentage in 2 games played.  Maximilian Haselbacher (30) has one assist and a .90 save percentage in 25 games this season.

Who to watch

Long Beach Bombers

Forward Miroslav Rohlik (18) is on a six-game scoring streak, and has 60 points in 33 games (31 goals, 29 assists).

Forward Artem Korolev (27) is on a five-game scoring streak, and has 60 points in 34 games (20 goals, 40 assists).

Defensemen Von Mullin (77) leads his team in penalties with 47 minutes in 34 games this season, an average of just under one minor penalty per game.

Tahoe Icemen

Forward Paul Frys (14) is on a fifteen-game scoring streak, and has 69 points in 36 games (26 goals, 43 assists).

Easton Easterson (9) has 149 penalty minutes in 21 games played this season, an average of just over seven minutes per game.

Predictions

If Tahoe can keep up the momentum they built in Seattle, and not let off the gas pedal when they have some success, they’ll likely push at least one game into overtime, and may even win in regulation.  They’re going to need to push hard in the third, and as always, try and stay out of the penalty box.

Games start at 7:30pm Thursday and Friday, with a 3:30 pm game Saturday afternoon at the Ice Arena at 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd.  There are three beers on tap, the parking is free, and all bleacher seating is open.  Tickets are $6.  Children 6 and under are free.

 

 

 

By Harper Dial
Photo by Chris Neely

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