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Weekend Recap Nov 2-5

Tahoe pushes Ogden, but Mustangs sweep to stay atop Mountain Division


11.03.17 – Ogden 5, Tahoe 3 | 11.04.17 – Ogden 7, Tahoe 5 | 11.05.17 – Ogden 7, Tahoe 2

The Tahoe Icemen continued to compete with, but come up just short against, some of the top teams in the WSHL as they fell in three straight games to the Ogden Mustangs who maintained their spot atop the Mountain Division.

The Icemen led, 1-0 after one period, and 2-1 after two, in Friday’s series opener. Tahoe’s Jackson Oleson scored the only goal of the first period. Austin Dittenhafer scored his first of two just 43 seconds into the second period to tie the game at one.

Thanks to another second-period tally, the Icemen went into the third period protecting a one-goal lead. Wade Conlan, who finished the game with 51 saves for the Icemen, held the fort as long as he could. He stopped 42 of 43 shots through 40 minutes of game action.

But the Mustangs came up with the clutch goals when they needed them in the third period. Dittenhafer’s second of the game even things again, and Sage Fleming gave Ogden their first lead of the game with 12:37 left in the game.

Spodniak’s goal with 3:30 left would be the game-winner. Ilya Cetvertak scored with 1:23 left on the clock to get Tahoe within a goal again, but Ryan Mascali’s empty-netter sealed a 5-3 Mustangs win.

The Icemen put another good scare into the Mustangs on Saturday night, leading 1-0 after the first period, staying tied through two, and scoring three times in the first half of the third period to take a 5-3 lead. But Ogden came up with some clutch scoring late to come back for a 7-5 win.

Tahoe’s Paul Frys scored the only goal of the first period 2:22 into the game. Conlan was tested 22 times in the first period, but stopped them all to keep the Icemen in the lead.

Conlan made 17 more saves in the second period, but allowed a pair of goals to Ogden’s Jacob Laurin. Cetvertak also scored his first of two goals for Tahoe and the game was deadlocked, 2-2, at the end of two periods.

The Icemen took their third one-goal lead of the game 1:05 into the third period, but the Mustangs answered the bell for the third straight time, knotting things 3-3 with a goal from Mascali.

Cetvertak’s second goal of the game, at 7:12, game Tahoe their fourth lead of the game, but this time they built on it. Tahoe made it 5-3 at 9:47, and it looked like the Icemen might pull out a win, but Bryson Bartell replied for Ogden just 19 seconds later and, at 10:06, Tim Jonsson tied the game back up for the fourth time, 5-5.

Spodniak, who had already picked up three assists in the game, scored with 6:64 left to give the Mustangs their first lead of the game. He added an empty-netter at the buzzer for a 7-5 final.

Conlan finished the game with 53 saves for Tahoe. Oliver Marslatt made 15 stops for Ogden.

In addition to his two goals, Laurin also had a pair of assists and Matt McClelland collected three helpers for the Mustangs.

Frys scored the first goal of the game again on Sunday, at 17:59 of the first period, and Tahoe led 1-0 after one period. Nick Davidow made it 2-0 just 45 seconds into the second period, and it looked like it might finally be Tahoe’s night, but Ogden scored four times before the end of the period and added three more in the third for a total of seven unanswered goals and a 7-2 Mustangs win.

Laurin and Dittenhafer each scored a pair of goals for Ogden, Matus Spodniak had a goal and three assists and Daniel Pavlicko (20 saves) recovered from the two goals-against to shut the door the rest of the way for the Mustangs.

Tahoe’s Maximilian Haselbacher stopped all 19 shots he faced in the first period as the Icemen took an early lead, and finished the game with 54 saves.

Thank  for the Weekend Recap Nov2-5,2017.