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Series Preview: Tahoe Icemen vs Southern Oregon Spartans at Oregon

Last weekend the Southern Oregon Spartans hosted the Bellingham Blazers, losing all three games on home ice, and giving the Blazers enough points to tie the Icemen for second place in the Northwest Division.  Ahead of the weekend, Coach Mickey Lang said, “these are must win games for us, but the last three games have been must wins for us.  They [Southern Oregon Spartans] haven’t been preforming well, so we want to get on them early, and stay on them the entire 60 minutes.”  Tahoe swept the Spartans in their last match-up, and both teams surprised the fans with their low penalty minutes compared to their game averages.

Overview

The Tahoe Icemen head to Oregon with an 8-10-1 record on the road, and 49 points in 45 games overall.  The Icemen have a 24% success rate on the powerplay, and a 78% success rate on the penalty kill.  The Icemen have 202 goals for, and 200 goals against, and are currently tied for second place in the Northwest Division, and 11th place throughout the league.  They have 1251 penalty minutes in 45 games, an average of just under 28 minutes per game.

The Southern Oregon Spartans have an 8-17-1 record at home, and 23 points in 46 games overall.  The Spartans have a 14% success rate on the powerplay, and a 77% success rate on the penalty kill.  The Spartans have 126 goals for, and 228 goals against, and are in last place in the Northwest Division and 20th throughout the league.  They have 1321 penalty minutes, an average of just under 29 minutes per game.

Goaltending

The Icemen have three goaltenders on their roster, Wade Conlan (1) has a 0.903 save percentage in 31 games.  Tommy Spero (29) has a 0.890 save percentage and one assist in 29 games played.  Maximilian Haselbacher (30) has a 0.906 save percentage and 2 assists in 31 games.

The Spartans have two goaltenders on their roster, Krystof Holub (30) has a 0.867 save percentage in 40 games.  Austin Toussaint (31) has a 0.883 save percentage in 41 games, but despite the not so impressive number, Toussaint seemed to have Tahoe’s number and stonewalled them through the first two periods of the game he started during the Icemen’s home series.

Hopefully Tahoe collects the six possible points, and Icemen Paul Frys (14) is able to continue his 24-game scoring streak.  Frys currently has 95 points this season, and the next six games should give him ample opportunity to make it into triple-digits in the regular season.

By Harper Dial
Photo by Kenna W

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