Series Recap: Lake Tahoe Icemen vs Ontario Avalanche
Friday 09/29/17 5 – 4 Ontario Avalanche
The long bus ride from Ontario didn’t seem to slow down the Avalanche who managed to make it through regulation and into overtime with the Icemen. It looked like Tahoe had the win in regulation when they went into the final minute with a one goal lead, but the Avalanche tied things up with 20 seconds left on the clock to force overtime. Referee Leonard kept things light, calling only 17 minutes in penalties against the Icemen including five minutes for fighting, and 16 minutes against the Avalanche. Icemen Goalie Maximilian Haselbacher (29) had an impressive 54 saves on 59 shots, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Avalanche from taking home two points in the game. Tahoe was able to score 4 goals on 38 shots against Avalanche goalie Filip Subrt (1). Tahoe took home one point in this game.
Saturday 09/30/17 5 – 3 Tahoe Icemen
The Icemen came out ready to play, scoring 3 unanswered goals in the first period. The game winner went to Jackson Oleson (4) at 18:29 in the second period. The Avalanche would finally get on the board in the last second of the second period. Ontario wasn’t ready to give up, but the 2 goals scored in the third wouldn’t be enough to force overtime. Referee Tran wasn’t in the mood for nonsense, calling 35 minutes in penalties against the Icemen including a 10-minute major, and 33 minutes against the Avalanche, who earned a 10-minute major of their own. Tahoe Goalie Wade Conlan (1) had 33 saves on 36 shots. Ontario goalie Connor Duffy (30) allowed 5 goals on Tahoe’s 35 shots.
Sunday 10/01/17 1 – 0 Ontario Avalanche
The third game in the series was a nail biter, remaining scoreless until the last few minutes of the third period. The only goal of the game was scored at 4:05 by William Ma (9) of the Avalanche. The Icemen weren’t able to answer back, giving the Avalanche another two points to take home. Even with lots of big hits, Referee Leonard only called minors for both teams; Tahoe registering 14 minutes in penalties, and the Avalanche with 16. Goalie Subrt (1) shutout all of Tahoe’s 34 shots. Of the Avalanche’s 35 shots, only one was able to find the back of Wade Conlan’s (1) net.
By Harper Dial. Photos Shawn Favilla