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Series Recap:  Tahoe Icemen versus Long Beach Bombers at Tahoe

The Western Division first-ranked Long Beach Bombers made the trip to Tahoe expecting to take an easy six points, but the Bombers would be in for a surprise.  Tahoe forward Jensen Baehr (42) who scored one of a barrage of goals against an unexpecting Bombers team Thursday night said, “This weekend we showed what we can do when we play as a team, compete, and everyone does their job.  There’s not a team we can’t beat when we play the right way.” Forward Paul Frys (14) extended his scoring streak to 18 games (4 goals, 4 assists), and maintained his position in the top ten scoring leaders across the entirety of the WSHL.

Thursday 1/25/18    7 – 1 Tahoe Icemen

The Icemen came out strong, not allowing a single Bombers goal until the midway point in the third period.  Tahoe scored three unanswered goals in the first, including the game winner at 7:30 from forward Paul Frys (14), who would go on to score a hat-trick.  Bombers goaltender Dominic Bosetti (37) was pulled in favor of Matthew Ayres (34).  Between the two they would allow 6 goals on 41 shots.  The Icemen would score another in the second, and three more in the third, including an empty-netter, for a final tally of seven.  Icemen goaltender Maximilian Haselbacher (30) was near perfection with 48 saves on 49 shots.  Penalty minutes were relatively low, 29 minutes for the Icemen, 25 for the Bombers.  Icemen Justin Poirier (13) was ejected for spearing, and given a one game suspension.  Bombers Lee-Jay Meguinis (85) was ejected and given a one game suspension for fighting and head contact, but his game suspension was somehow miraculously overturned upon review after the game.

Friday 1/26/18    8 – 1 Long Beach Bombers

After an embarrassing first showing, the Bombers came out rested and ready to play.  This time it would be the Icemen playing catch-up.  Newly returned Artur Pavliukov (30) was a bit stiff in his first game back as an Icemen, he’d be pulled in favor of Wade Conlan (1) at the mid-point in the second period.  Between the two of them they would make 59 saves on 67 shots.  The game winner went to Tomas Urbanec (24) at 13:10 in the first period.  It was a contentious match-up, and Icemen John Soliday (18) and Bombers William Daigneault (88) would both be ejected for fighting in the third.  Penalties were even, 43 minutes for the Icemen, 45 minutes for the Bombers.  There was a shared moment of inhalation in the crowd when Lee-Jay Meguinis (85), who should have been serving his overturned one game suspension, took out Icemen Mitch Hunt (20) and then cross-checked him while he lay motionless on the ice.  Meguinis was given a match penalty and will most likely serve a five (or more) game suspension for the hit.  Hunt was able to make it back to the bench and play the remainder of the game.  The Icemen had 34 shots on net.

Saturday 1/27/18    7 – 6 Tahoe Icemen

After Friday’s win, the Bombers came out ready for an easy game.  The Icemen had a different idea.  The Bomber’s scored first, but the Icemen would tie it before the first intermission.  The game went back and forth, maintaining a span of a single goal throughout.  Both teams were hyper focused, and there were few penalties on either side.  12 minutes for the Icemen, and only 6 minutes for the Bombers.  Starting goalies for both teams were switched out.  The Bombers goaltenders Matthew Ayers (34), and Domenic Bosetti (37) allowed 7 goals on 51 shots.  Icemen goaltenders Tommy Spero (29) and Artur Pavliukov (30) made a combined 46 saves on 53 shots.  The game winner went to Ilja Cetvertak (97).  With 3:36 left on the clock in OT, Cetvertak shot from behind the goal line, off the goaltender’s back and into the net for the deciding goal.

After their victory, Coach Mickey Lang and part of the Icemen team came out to cheer and show their support for the Tahoe Grizzlies Peewee team.

The Bombers leave Tahoe with three points.  The Icemen keep four and tie the West Sound Warriors for second place in the Northwest Division.  Next weekend will see another Thursday through Saturday home series between the Tahoe Icemen and the Northwestern Division’s first-ranked Idaho Icecats.  The last home match-up between these two teams saw Tahoe’s first ever win against the Icecats.

By Harper Dial

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