Tahoe Icemen return home, swept by Southern Oregon in tight three-game series
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Icemen hockey team took to its home ice for the first time in a month when it dropped the puck on a WSHL Northwest Division series last Friday, Nov. 18. The Icemen didn’t come away with a win in three games against the Southern Oregon Spartans at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, despite delivering consistent performances in each contest.
In Friday’s series opener, Tahoe hung with Southern Oregon for two periods before falling 6-2. The Spartans scored two goals in an 11-second span early in the third period before tacking on a third unanswered to win the game going away.
Arunas Bermejo and Justin Poirier scored for the Icemen in defeat. Tahoe was tied with Southern Oregon after the opening stanza and trailed 3-2 after two periods.
Tahoe stayed close throughout the second game of the series Saturday, Nov. 19, but couldn’t grab the lead after falling behind early en route to a 4-2 loss. Both of the Icemen’s goals came on the power play — from Jackson Oleson in the first period and Artem Verbenko in the third — in a contest that featured 24 combined penalties totaling 76 minutes.
In the series finale Sunday, Nov. 20, Tahoe lost 3-2 in double overtime as Southern Oregon completed the sweep. Chris Seto scored the game-winning goal 17 seconds into the second overtime period — his fifth of the series — to secure victory for the Spartans.
All the regulation scoring in Sunday’s matinee came in the second period. After Southern Oregon jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Tahoe responded with a pair of goals from Ivan Radetskyi — the Ukrainian forward’s team-leading 19th of the season made it 2-2 with 5:20 left in the second.
Tahoe (7-13-1) returns to action with a three-game series against the Vancouver Rangers at SLT Ice Arena starting Friday, Dec. 2. Friday and Saturday’s games start at 7 p.m., with Sunday’s series finale set for 2:30 p.m.