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Tahoe Icemen swept at home by WSHL Western Division leader Valencia

Anthony Gentile
agentile@tahoedailytribune.com
Tahoe goaltender Austin Toussaint stops a shot from Valencia’s Luc Whyte in the Icemen’s division game against the Flyers on Friday, Jan. 29, at SLT Ice Arena.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Against one of the top teams in the Western States Hockey League, the Tahoe Icemen hockey team suffered three lopsided home defeats last weekend. The Icemen were swept by the Valencia Flyers in a three-game interdivision set Jan. 29-31 at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, extending their losing streak to 12 games.

Tahoe was outscored 28-1 in the series, with its lone goal coming in the series opener. The Icemen lost to Valencia 11-1 to open the series Friday, Jan. 29.

The Icemen trailed 4-0 after the first period Friday, and opened the scoring in the second period when Austin Lykins scored off assists from Colton Langowski and Taylor Garner with 16:53 left in the frame. Valencia closed the second period with two straight goals, then added five more unanswered in the third to hand Tahoe a double-digit defeat.

The Icemen were held scoreless in the last two games of the series as the Flyers completed the sweep. Tahoe lost 10-0 on Saturday, Jan. 30, before falling 7-0 in the series finale Sunday, Jan. 31 — the wins improved Valencia to 32-6 on the season and moved the visitors into first place in the WSHL Western Division.

Tahoe (2-34) returns to action with a three-game Northwest Division series at Southern Oregon starting Friday, Feb. 4. The Icemen’s last home series of the 2015-16 season at SLT Ice Arena is scheduled for Feb. 19-21 against Butte.


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