Series Recap: Tahoe Icemen vs Idaho IceCats at Tahoe

This was a frustrating series for Tahoe.  After a phenomenal series against the Long Beach Bombers the previous weekend, the Icemen weren’t able to have the same success against the IceCats.  There were some highlights, Paul Frys (14) extended his scoring streak to 21 games with 4 goals and 3 assists.  He moved up from tenth place on the top ten list to eighth place overall and has the longest streak of any player in the top ten.

Thursday 2/1/18    9 – 4 Idaho IceCats

The IceCats dominated the first period of play, scoring two unanswered goals.  They started off the second period of scoring, but the Icemen answered back twice before Icecats forward Matthew Kindred scored the game winner with :54 seconds left in the second period.  After his second period goal, Icemen forward Paul Frys (14) went on to score a natural hat-trick with two more in the third period.  The IceCats lead with 36 minutes in penalties, including a major and game misconduct for Anton Metelev (11) after he elbowed Justin JP Poirier (13) in the mouth.  Two more majors would be handed out for fighting.  Icemen would take 27 minutes in penalties.  Icemen goaltender Artur Pavliukov (29) would make 49 saves on 58 shots.  IceCats goalie Jacob Hough (30) would allow 4 goals on 37 shots.

Friday 2/2/18    6 – 3 Idaho IceCats

Friday was a contentious match-up, with things not only heating up between the players, but with the coaches as well.  Each head coach received a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct for a boisterous verbal disagreement across the scorebooth in the third period.  The Icemen were able to maintain goal for goal in the second and third period, but couldn’t make-up the three-goal deficit from the first period.  The Icemen took 42 minutes in penalties, the IceCats only 20 minutes in penalties.  The game winner went to IceCats Terry Ryder (19) with :26 seconds left on the clock in the first period.  IceCats goaltender Shaun Brown (35) allowed three goals on 34 shots, Icemen goalie Maximilian Haselbacher (30) saved 45 of 51 shots.

Saturday 2/3/18    5 – 4 Idaho IceCats

Saturday’s game started strong for the Icemen.  After a goal by the IceCats, Tahoe answered back less than two minutes later.  After a legal check by Easton Easterson (9) of an IceCats player into the boards in front of their bench, the IceCats on the bench grabbed him, held him, and delivered cheap shot after cheap shot while their coach and the refs tried to pull players off him.  John Soliday (18) who came over to help break up the onslaught against Easterson was ejected from the game for a 3rd man in penalty, and given a 5-minute major for fighting.  Only a single player involved from the IceCats bench, Matthew Kindred (16), was given a 10-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.  A minor penalty was assessed to IceCats player Tristan Phillips (2) for roughing, and Easterson was given a double minor for roughing after finally being released.  Second period saw a goal from the IceCats, and then three from the Icemen.  Things looked good for the Icemen heading into the third period with a two-goal lead over the IceCats.  The IceCats made up the difference and then Hunter Lester (24) found the back of the net with 1:48 left in the period to give the win to Idaho.  Icemen goalie Artur Pavliukov (29) made 56 saves on 61 shots.  IceCats goaltender Jacob Hough (30) allowed 4 goals on only 24 shots.  Penalties were a bit lopsided, Tahoe took 37 minutes; Idaho took 29 minutes.

Coming up this weekend the Tahoe Icemen face the Southern Oregon Spartans for their last home series of the regular season.  Friday’s game is 7 pm, Saturday  7 pm, and Sunday 4 pm.  If you missed fan appreciation last week, the Icemen will be doing another giveaway during second intermission Saturday night.  This time the Icemen are giving away a signed game-worn jersey and 4 tickets to any upcoming home game, including the playoffs.  See you there!

Hockey Give-a-way

By Harper Dial
Photo by Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune