Tahoe Icemen swept at league-leading Idaho in four-game series
McCALL, Idaho — The Tahoe Icemen took the ice against the top team in the WSHL Northwest Division, and it resulted in four lopsided losses. The Icemen were swept by Idaho in a four-game series at the Manchester Ice and Event Centre, Feb. 12-15, with each defeat coming by double digits.
Tahoe opened the series with an 11-1 loss Friday, Feb. 12. Maksim Akimychau scored the Icemen’s lone goal in the third period, after the Jr. Steelheads opened the game with 10 straight.
On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Icemen fell to Idaho 13-1. Tahoe avoided the shutout when Zach Houck scored with 1:21 left in the third period off assists from Austin Naylor and Colton Langowski.
Following a 17-0 loss on Sunday, Feb. 14, the Icemen played a fourth game against the Jr. Steelheads the following day. In a contest rescheduled from the team’s series in South Lake Tahoe in October, Tahoe fell 14-3 on Monday, Feb. 15, for its 18th straight loss.
The Icemen got on the board in the first period Monday sandwiched between six Idaho goals. Akimychau scored off an assist from Langowski midway through the opening period, a goal that made it 2-1.
In the second period, Tahoe struck first with a goal from Phillipe Pepin assisted by Taylor Garner with 17:55 left. The Icemen found the back of the net later in the frame when Langowski scored off assists from John Moffat and Pepin — but Idaho scored six more times in the second period on the way to handing the designated home team an 11-goal defeat.
Tahoe (2-41) returns to action Friday, Feb. 19, for its final home series of the 2015-16 season. The Icemen host sixth-place Butte (8-30-0-5) in a three-game set at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena — the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20, with the series finale Sunday, Feb. 21, scheduled for 2 p.m.
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