Series Recap: Tahoe Icemen vs Southern Oregon Spartans at Oregon
Friday 2/23/18 5 – 4 Tahoe Icemen
The Icemen had a slow start Friday. The Spartans capitalized and scored two goals in the first period. The Icemen found their legs and scored three in the second to the Spartans one. The third period saw two more from the Icemen, and a last-ditch effort from the Spartans with only a second left on the clock; it wouldn’t be enough. The game winner went to Paul Frys (14) at 0:23.4 in the third period, and gave Frys a hat-trick. Spartan forward Hayden Moistner (22) also had a hat-trick. Icemen goalie Tommy Spero (29) had 40 saves on 44 shots. Spartans goaltender Austin Toussaint (31) allowed 5 goals on 45 shots. The Spartans took 42 minutes in penalties including a 10-minute for spearing and a game misconduct for removing helmet. The Icemen took 29 minutes in penalties including a major and a game misconduct for Gabel Longshore (40) for cross-check.
Saturday 2/24/18 6 – 3 Tahoe Icemen
The Icemen started the scoring off Saturday night. The Spartans had a lead going into the first intermission, but it wouldn’t last. The game winner went to Paul Frys (14) with 0:31.6 left on the clock in the second period. Spartans goaltender Krystof Holub (30) allowed 6 goals on 33 shots. Tahoe Icemen goaltender Wade Conlan (1) saved 32 of 35 shots. The Spartans took a miniscule 16 minutes in minor penalties. Tahoe’s reputation caught up with them Saturday, and the Icemen ended the game with 69 minutes in penalties including a game misconduct for John Soliday (18) for unsportsmanlike conduct, a major and a game misconduct for Sergei Grebenshchikov (3) for head contact, and a major and a game misconduct for Easton Easterson (9) for charging.
Sunday 2/25/18 6 – 2 Southern Oregon Spartans
Taking so many penalties the day before hurt the Icemen’s momentum going into Sunday’s game. They started off without Soliday (18), Grebenshchikov (3), and Easterson (9), and lost Mitch Hunt (20) when he was ejected and given a major for head contact in the second period. The Icemen had the first goal of the game, but the Spartans had the next five. The game winner went to Spartans’ Yanneck Kumli (12) at 0:28.1 in the second period. The Icemen weren’t lacking for shots, and hammered Spartans goaltender Austin Toussaint (31) with 45, though only two found the back of the net. Icemen goalie Wade Conlan (1) had 37 saves on 41 shots, Spartans had 2 empty-net goals. The Spartans took 36 minutes in penalties including a 5-minute major for fighting. The Icemen took 25 minutes in penalties including Hunt’s major, and a 5-minute major for Icemen Captain Philip Heisse III (22) for fighting.
The Icemen head to Bremerton Ice Center next weekend to face the struggling West Sound Warriors and try to finish the season on a high note. Live score updates will be posted during game intermissions on the Icemen’s Facebook page.
By Harper Dial
Photo by Tommy Speero