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Tahoe Icemen swept at Whitefish in final series, finish season with 2-50 record

Anthony Gentile

WHITEFISH, Mont. — The Tahoe Icemen hockey team struggled throughout the 2015-16 season and ultimately finished with the worst mark in the Western States Hockey League. The Icemen were swept in a three-game series against Whitefish at Stumptown Ice Den last weekend, March 4-6, to conclude the campaign with two wins in 52 games.

The closest Tahoe came to victory in its season-ending Northwest Division series came in a 5-3 loss Saturday, March 5. The Icemen fell in a four-goal hole in the first period and couldn’t rally despite scoring a pair in the second.

Taylor Garner opened the scoring for Tahoe in the first off assists from Colton Langowski and Cestmir Dolezel III. Despite the goal, the visitors still trailed Whitefish 5-1 at the first intermission.

The Icemen scored twice in the last three minutes of the second period to make it a two-goal game. Garrett Boehm found the back of the net assisted by Austin Lykins and Edgar Gonzalez with 2:59 left, then Langowski scored off assists from Artsiom Surmach and Garner just more than a minute later.

Tahoe began the third period still trailing by two goals but couldn’t get any closer in a scoreless 20 minutes. Icemen goaltender Jackson Brown made 71 saves in the loss.

In the series opener Friday, March 4, the Icemen fell by a 13-1 margin. Tahoe’s only goal came in the third period, a short-handed tally from Cameron Cerda assisted by Boehm.

Tahoe concluded its season with a 9-1 loss to the Wolverines on Sunday, March 6. The Icemen struck first midway through the opening frame when Boehm found the back of the net assisted by Garner, then allowed nine unanswered to end the season with a 24th straight defeat.

The Icemen never hit their stride during a rough 2015-16 campaign, and finished with a 2-50 record. Tahoe’s wins came five days apart in December — against Seattle at home on Dec. 11 (3-2) and against Casper T3 in the Western States Shootout in Las Vegas on Dec. 16 (5-4).

Tahoe scored a league-low 83 goals during the season and second in the league with 412 goals allowed — the Colorado Evolution surrendered a league-high 417 goals. After finishing 19-24-2-1 in its first season in South Lake Tahoe, the franchise has a combined record of 9-86-2-1 over the past two years.

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