Series Recap: Southern Oregon Spartans vs Tahoe Icemen at Tahoe
Friday 2/9/18 6 – 3 Tahoe Icemen
The Icemen came out strong and didn’t underestimate the Spartans. The Icemen kept the pressure on, especially in the first where they outshot the Spartans 21 – 3. The Spartans had more shots in the second and third, but it wouldn’t be enough. Maximilian Haselbacher (30) would make 30 saves on 33 shots, and Spartans goalie Krystof Holub (30) would allow 6 goals on 40 Icemen shots. Penalty minutes were close, 36 minutes for the Icemen including a 2 and a 10 for defenseman Sergei Grebenshchikov (3) for roughing, and 40 minutes for the Spartans, including a 2 and a 10 for Jakub Mecir (66) for roughing and a 2 and a 10 for Derek Walker (15) for cross-check. The game winner went to Easton Easterson (9) at 16:03 in the third.
Saturday 2/10/18 3 – 2 Tahoe Icemen
Spartans came out looking for redemption Saturday night. Goaltender Austin Toussaint (31) didn’t allow a single goal in the first or second period, and somehow managed to escape a penalty after giving Icemen JP Poirier (13) a blocker to the face in the first period. The refs, having missed the initial incident, gave Poirier a 2-minute penalty for slashing, but he wasn’t able to serve it as WSHL rules do not allow for a player to remain on the ice while bleeding. The Spartans had a 2 – 0 lead heading into the third, but the Icemen kept their cool and finally managed to slip one past Toussaint at 12:47. The Icemen would score another two goals just 11 seconds apart starting at 5:20. The game winner went to Easton Easterson (9) at 5:09 in the third. Icemen goaltender Wade Conlan (1) made 18 saves on 20 shots, Spartans goalie Austin Toussaint (31) allowed 3 goals on 52 shots. Penalties were low, 11 minutes for the Icemen and 23 minutes for the Spartans, including a game suspension for Jakub Mecir (66) for abuse of official as the game ended.
Sunday 2/11/18 8 – 3 Tahoe Icemen
Sunday’s game looked like it would be close. After a mid-period goal by the Icemen, the Spartans answered back with :59 left on the clock. The Icemen scored another just 19 seconds later to take the lead into the first period. Second period saw three more goals by the Icemen, and nothing from the Spartans. Third period saw the Spartans try to rally, but the two goals they scored would be overshadowed by another three from the Icemen. Icemen goalie Tommy Spero (29) made 23 saves on 26 shots and had an assist on one of the goals. Spartans goaltender Krystof Holub (30) was injured in the second and replaced by Austin Toussaint (31) between the two they would allow 8 goals on 52 shots. Paul Frys (14) scored a natural hat-trick in the third period. Spartans kept penalty minutes low with only 17. Icemen took 40 minutes in penalties, including a 10-minute each for Mitch Hunt (20), and John Soliday (18) both for unsportsmanlike conduct. Before leaving the ice with the injury, Krystof Holub was given a 5-minute penalty for slashing. The game winner went to Jackson Oleson (4) at 9:36 in the second period.
Tahoe’s next games are against the Southern Oregon Spartans again, but this time in Oregon. Tahoe will play again at home in the upcoming playoffs, but dates haven’t been set yet.
By Harper Dial
Photo by Angel