Icemen put up goals, but get swept by division-leading IceCats
The Lake Tahoe Icemen played Northwest Division-leading Idaho tough Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3, but were ultimately swept in a three-game series at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.
The Icemen stayed close in the series opener before allowing late goals and it happened again in heartbreaking style in the finale.
The Icemen took a 4-2 lead early in the third period only to have the IceCats come back and score three goals in the final 15 minutes to claim a 5-4 victory.
Idaho jumped all over Tahoe Friday in the second game, leading 4-1 after the first period before winning 6-3.
Paul Frys continued his offensive brilliance by extending his point-scoring streak to 21 games. After recording a hat trick in the series opener, he scored another goal Friday and added two assists Saturday, totaling seven points in the three-game set.
Frys is the eighth leading scorer in the Western State Hockey League with 85 points on 35 goals and 50 assists.
For the Icemen Friday, Ilja Cetvertak and Mitch Hunt each had two assists, Jackson Oleson scored and assisted on another and Sergei Grebenshchikov (cq) scored Tahoe’s third goal.
Icemen goalie Maximilian Haselbacher made 39 saves.
In the finale, Phil Heisse III and Easton Easterson each found the net and assisted on another goal, Hunt and Danylo Moroz each scored and Cetvertak, Justin Poirier and Tanner Turcotte each added assists.
Icemen goalie Artur Pavliukov made 51 saves.
Cetvertak is second on the Icemen in scoring this year with 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) and Heisse III is third (21 goals, 26 assists).
Idaho (34-4-1) has surrendered just 75 goals in its 39 games played this season and the Icemen have scored 30 of them, or 40 percent. But Tahoe (20-19-3) has only beaten Idaho once in nine games.
Tahoe is tied for second place with the West Sound Warriors. The Icemen will visit the Warriors, March 2-4, in their final three games of the regular season.
The Icemen have just nine games remaining in the regular season and just one more home series, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-11, against the South Oregon Spartans. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the first two games and at 4 p.m. for the series finale.