Series Preview: Lake Tahoe Icemen vs Southern Oregon Spartans at Tahoe
The Southern Oregon Spartans head to Lake Tahoe with a 3-14-0 road record, and 23 points overall in 40 games played this season. They sit 6th in the Northwest Division, a solid 20 points behind the Icemen. The Spartans have 115 goals for, and 199 goals against this season. They have a 14% success rate on the powerplay and a 77% success rate on the penalty kill. The Spartans lead the league in penalty minutes, 1205 in 40 games, an average of just over 30 minutes per game. Though the Spartans numbers don’t seem overly impressive, they’ve done better in the second half of the season and have won 8 of their last 13 games.
The Icemen have a 12-9-2 record at home with 43 points overall in 42 games played this season and are currently tied for 2nd place in the Northwest Division. The Icemen have 185 goals for, and 193 goals against. They have a 24% success rate on the powerplay, and a 78% success rate on the penalty kill. The Icemen sit directly behind the Spartans in overall penalty minutes this season with 1164, and average of just over 27 minutes per game.
The Spartans have two goaltenders on their roster. Krystof Holub (30) has a .868 save percentage in 33 games played this season. Former Icemen player (15/16 season) Austin Toussaint (31) has a .881 save percentage in 35 games played this season. He was recently named WSHL player of the week after making 190 saves in a three-game series against the Idaho Icecats.
The Icemen have four goalies on their roster. Wade Conlan (1) has a .903 save percentage in 30 games played. Artur Pavliukov (29) has a .886 save percentage in 4 games played. Tommy Spero (29) has a .891 save percentage in 25 games played. Maximilian Haselbacher (30) has two assists and a .905 save percentage in 28 games played.
Who to watch
Southern Oregon Spartans
Joel Holmberg (14) who started the season with the El Paso Rhinos, has 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in 29 games played. He is on a three-game point-streak, scoring 4 goals and 3 assists.
Matej Valicek (3) has 12 points and leads his team in penalties with 181 minutes in 27 games, an average of just over six minutes per game.
Forward Paul Frys (14) is eighth overall in scoring throughout the entirety of the WSHL. He has 85 points (35 goals, 50 assists) in 42 games played. He is currently on a 21-game point-streak, the longest of any player in the top ten, scoring 19 goals and 29 assists in that time.
Easton Easterson (9) has 21 points and leads his team in penalties with 171 minutes in 26 games played, an average of just over 6 minutes per game.
The Icemen play well at home, and the Spartans don’t seem to have much success on the road. Icemen sweep the series.
Friday and Saturday games start at 7 pm, Sunday’s game starts at 4 pm. All games are held at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, 1176 Rufas Allen Blvd. There are three beers on tap, free parking and children 6 and under are given #free admission. If you missed it last week, the Icemen are doing another fan appreciation this Saturday night and will be giving away a signed, game-worn jersey and 4 tickets to an upcoming home game, including the playoffs – We hope to see you there!