Series Recap: Lake Tahoe Icemen vs Bellingham Blazers at Bellingham
Friday 11/17/17 4 – 2 Tahoe Icemen
Tahoe had the first goal of the game, but Bellingham answered back with two before the end of the period. Though the Icemen had a slow start, Bellingham couldn’t keep up in the second or third, and the Icemen had the next three unanswered goals. Bellingham goaltender Edward Coffey (1) allowed 4 goals on 41 shots. Tahoe goalie Wade Conlan (1) had 26 saves on 28 shots. Three different 10-minute penalties were called by referee Ellis. The Blazers had 44 minutes in penalties in total including two 10-minute majors; the Icemen had 24 minutes in penalties including one 10-minute major. The game winner went to Philip Heisse III (22) at 9:34 of the second period during the power play.
Saturday 11/18/17 4 – 3 Tahoe Icemen
Tahoe struck first Saturday night, and kept the Blazers in catch-up mode until 11:42 of the second period when they had their first lead of the game. The lead only lasted 7:09, and the Iceman tied it back up before the third period. The game winner went to Philip Heisse III (22) at 13:19 of the third period. Paul Frys (14) scored 4 points (two goals, two assists). Saturday’s game was relatively tame in comparison to the night before, referee Heier calling only 16 minutes of penalties in total. Blazers received 10 minutes in minors, Tahoe 6 minutes in minors. Bellingham goaltender Edward Coffey (1) allowed 4 goals on 28 shots. Tahoe goalie Wade Conlan (1) made 24 saves on 27 shots.
Sunday 11/19/17 4 – 3 Tahoe Icemen
Throughout the series the Blazers had more big hits connect and won more of the faceoffs than Tahoe, but had too many turnovers to be effective. Sunday was no different. The home team made it on the board first, ending the first period with the only goal. Tahoe came out strong in the second, scoring three unanswered goals. The third period saw two from the home team, but one from Tahoe to keep the win in regulation. The game winner went to Philip Heisse III (22) at 1:55 in the third. Referee Nicol wasn’t in the mood for Tahoe’s antics. The Icemen received 44 minutes in penalties including two 10-minute majors, and a game for Danyil Alekseichuk (17). The Blazers had 10 minutes in minors. Goalie Maximilian Haselbacher (30) had 32 saves on 35 shots. Blazers’ goalie Jake Holden (30) had an impressive 42 saves, but it wouldn’t be enough to hold off the Icemen.