Tahoe Icemen rally past San Diego in double overtime, notch first win of season
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — It took the Tahoe Icemen just two series to equal its home win total from a season ago. The Icemen beat the San Diego Sabers 5-4 in double overtime Friday, Oct. 7, at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena — notching their first win of the 2016-17 season in dramatic fashion.
“It was huge for us,” Icemen coach Mickey Lang said. “We needed that win for team morale and to prove that we can be a decent team in the league.”
Forward Ivan Radetskyi scored the game-winner on the breakaway with 2:02 left in the second overtime period Friday. The Ukrainian’s second goal of the game helped Tahoe complete a comeback victory and deliver a win after four losses to start the campaign.
“He cracked their goalie and was able to put it home,” Lang said.
Tahoe trailed 3-2 headed into the third period Friday, and tied the game twice to force overtime. The second game-tying goal came with 23 seconds left from forward Matt Psaras, a power play effort off assists from forward Colton Langowski and defenseman Phil Heisse.
“We secured the point, and then we just went for it,” Lang said.
Psaras scored two goals in Friday’s victory, while Langowski and Heisse tallied two assists apiece. Icemen goaltender Luke Cohen turned away 63 shots against San Diego, including 40 stops in the second and third periods.
“We’re going to build on that,” Lang said. “We need to use that feeling and continue to move forward.”
The Icemen couldn’t break through in the other two games of the interdivisional series, falling 3-1 on Thursday, Oct. 6, and dropping the finale 7-2 on Saturday, Oct. 8. Psaras scored in the second period Saturday, bringing his team-leading goal total to three — Radetskyi leads the team in points through the first two series with six.
Tahoe (1-5) resumes WSHL Northwest Division play when it returns to action Friday, Oct. 14, with a three-game series at SLT Ice Arena. The Icemen host division newcomer Bellingham Blaze — Friday and Saturday’s games start at 7 p.m., and the puck drops Sunday at 2:30 p.m.