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Series Recap: Tahoe Icemen versus Seattle Totems at Seattle

After two overwhelming victories on Friday and Saturday in Seattle, the Icemen bring the drama in double OT Sunday afternoon.  Tahoe brings home a much needed 6 points overall, leaving a single point from Sunday’s game for the Totems in Seattle.  Forward Paul Frys (14) extended his scoring streak to 15 games, and Mitch Hunt (20) scored 8 points (5 goals, 3 assists) against his old team.  Hunt said he was “glad to finally play a game with the new team, and glad to beat some old teammates and friends.”

Friday 1/19/18    8 – 1 Tahoe Icemen

The Seattle Totems seemed to keep up with the Icemen in the first period, but weren’t able to capitalize on any of their three powerplay opportunities.  The Tahoe Icemen scored the only goal in the first period at 5:38, and the Totems answered back at 19:14 in the second, but that would be it.  The rest of the game would belong to the Icemen.  The game winner went to Philip Heisse III (22) at 13:14 in the second, and was followed by another five goals that period and one more in the third.  The Totems took 18 minutes in penalties, the Icemen 32 minutes in penalties.  Icemen goaltender Tommy Spero (29) blocked 17 of 18 shots.  Seattle Totem’s goalie Wyatt Monear (35) was pulled in the second in favor of Naoki Onodera (30), between the two they allowed 8 goals on 20 shots from the Icemen.

Saturday 1/20/18    9 – 2 Tahoe Icemen

Like the day before, Tahoe dominated.  The Icemen put up three in the first, including the game winner by Ilja Cetvertak (97) with :50 left on the clock in the first.  Cetvertak (97) would go on to score a hat-trick, Paul Frys (14) assisting each goal.  After another goal by the Icemen, the Totems made it onto the board in the second, but the comeback wouldn’t last.  Tahoe would score another two in the second and three more in the third.  Icemen defensemen Justin Poirier (13) and Totems forward Braden Sanchez (16) were both ejected for head contact in the third period.  Overall, the Icemen took 42 minutes in penalties, the Totems 37 minutes in penalties.  Icemen goaltender Wade Conlan (1) made 20 saves on 22 shots.  Seattle Totems goalie Garrett Willis (1) allowed 9 goals on 22 shots.

Sunday 1/21/18    5 – 4 Tahoe Icemen

Sunday’s game went into double OT.  The game winner going to forward Paul Frys (14) at 3:16, to extend his current scoring streak to 15 games.  Icemen started the scoring in regulation, but the Totems answered back with two, their first lead in the series.  It would barely last two minutes, then Tahoe answered back, tying the game at 2 all going into the first.  Second period would see another two goals from each team, and neither would score in the third, putting the game into overtime. Seattle Totems goaltender Naoki Onodera (30) allowed 5 goals on 43 shots, Icemen goalie Wade Conlan (1) made 33 saves on 37 shots.  Tahoe Icemen Easton Easterson (9) was given a 5-minute major and a game for charging, but that was the only non-minor penalty for either team.  The Totems had 26 minutes in penalties, the Icemen 41 minutes including Easterson’s major.

The next home series will be this coming weekend against the Western Division’s first-ranked  Long Beach Bombers.  The action begins Thursday, January 25 and goes through Saturday, January 27, 2018

By Harper Dial
Photo by Chris Neely