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Series Recap: Lake Tahoe Icemen vs Bellingham Blazers

Tahoe Swept the Blazers in a three-game series, racking up an impressive six points.  Bellingham left California with a single point from Saturday’s game landing in overtime. 

Friday 10/20/17     7 – 3 Tahoe Icemen

Tahoe dominated Friday night, scoring an impressive seven goals on home ice.  Wade Conlan (1) was the starting goalie until a second period penalty found Thomas Spero (29) off the bench and between the pipes.  The game winner went to Danylo Moroz (23) at 18:26 in the second period.  Bellingham couldn’t manage to rally more than a single goal in the third, and it wasn’t enough to overcome a five-goal deficit.  Referee Murphy had his work cut out for him.  Bellingham registered 25 minutes in penalties.  Tahoe somehow managed to stay effective while registering 55 minutes in penalties, including two ten-minute majors. Conlan had 11 saves in the first and part of the second period. Spero 13 in the remainder of the second and third.  Tahoe scored 7 goals on 28 shots on Bellingham goalie Kolter Pawlick (31).

Saturday 10/21/17    7 – 6 Tahoe Icemen

Blazers managed to get some rest and come out fresh Saturday, keeping the Icemen on their toes during regulation and forcing overtime.  Paul Frys (14) scored the game winner in overtime.  The game started slowly, Bellingham scoring the only goal in the first period, but the lead was short-lived.  Tahoe came back strong in the second, scoring an impressive five goals to Bellingham’s one.  Bellingham wasn’t finished, and struck back in the third with four goals to tie the game at the end of regulation.  Referee Gribble had an easier time than Murphy, Bellingham registered 16 minutes in penalties, Tahoe 30 minutes, including a 10-minute major.  Maximilian Haselbacher (30), had 39 saves in total, including overtime.  Jake Holden of the Bellingham Blazers (30), had a staggering 55 saves after being hammered by 62 shots.  Icemen’s Jackson Oleson (4) was in the right place at the right time all night, and came up with 4 separate assists.

Sunday 10/22/17    6 – 1 Tahoe Icemen

Defeat must have been fresh in Bellingham’s mind, because they weren’t able to rally Sunday the way they had the night before.  First period was scoreless, but second period saw four goals by the Icemen and one by the Blazers.  The game winner went to Danylo Moroz (23) at 12:38 of the second period, who went on to score a natural hat-trick.  Marek Ondrasky (89) followed Oleson’s lead from the night before with 4 assists of his own.  Referee Murphy was back on the ice, but feeling less generous, each team only registering 18 minutes in penalties.  Thomas Spero had 34 saves on 35 shots.  Bellingham’s Edward Coffey (1) allowed 6 goals on only 27 shots.

By Harper Dial

WSHL Hockey in Lake Tahoe South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena