Icemen sweep Warriors to end regular season, playoffs ahead
Paul Frys and the Lake Tahoe Icemen finished the regular season this past weekend in spectacular style.
Frys scored seven goals and added six assists to help the Icemen sweep the West Sound Warriors in a three-game set at Bremerton Ice Center in Washington.
The Icemen have won eight of nine and Frys extended his scoring streak to 30 straight games.
Tahoe beat the Warriors 8-2 on Friday, March 2, and followed that with a 9-3 victory the next day and a 9-7 win Sunday in the series finale.
The Icemen finished in second place team in the Western States Hockey League’s Northwest Division with 59 points (28-20-3). The Bellingham Blazers (25-20-3) have three games remaining and have a chance to end with the same record as the Icemen, but Tahoe holds the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The Icemen are expected to host a first-round best-of-three playoff series at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, but that is yet to be determined. The playoffs would likely start around Friday, March 23.
Frys recorded a hat trick in the series opener and helped blow open a close game. The Warriors led 2-1 heading into the third period. Frys scored three goals in just over 3 minutes in the final period.
Over the last nine games, Frys has recorded 34 points. He has scored 16 goals in the last seven games.
Locke Wischman scored twice, Mitch Hunt added a goal and three assists and Hunter Hansen and Phillip Heisse III each had two assists for Tahoe. Jackson Oleson and Danylo Moroz added the other goals.
Tahoe goalie Thomas Spero made 16 saves.
Frys and Hunt each scored twice in the second game to lead the offensive push. Adding single goals were Sergei Grebenshcikov, Oleson, Tanner Turcotte, Hansen and Moroz. Oleson, Moroz and Wischman each had two assists.
Wade Conlan made 23 saves for the Icemen.
Frys, Easton Easterson and Gabel Longshore each scored twice in the series finale to lead Tahoe.
The Icemen led 5-1 after the first period.
Frys, Moroz and Grebenshcikov had three assists apiece while Easterson had two.
Conlan made 22 saves.