Tahoe Icemen swept at Southern Oregon
MEDFORD, Ore. — The Tahoe Icemen hockey team couldn’t end its slide on the road in a three-game series, Feb. 4-6. The Icemen were swept by Southern Oregon at the RRRink, extending their losing streak to 14 consecutive games.
In the series opener Thursday, Feb. 4, Tahoe fell to the Spartans 3-1. The Icemen evened the score in the second period, but Southern Oregon responded with a pair of unanswered goals in the third to win going away.
Tahoe trailed 1-0 at the first intermission, and tied up the game on a 5-on-3 goal from Taylor Garner assisted by Colton Langowski and Edgar Gonzalez with 11:02 left in the second period. Southern Oregon took the lead 32 seconds into the third, and scored again on a 5-on-3 situation with 8:03 to play — Jackson Brown made 39 stops for The Icemen in defeat.
On Friday, Feb. 5, the Icemen were blanked by Southern Oregon 8-0. After a scoreless opening frame, the Spartans scored four goals in both the second and third periods.
In the series finale Saturday, Feb. 6, Tahoe couldn’t avoid the sweep en route to a 9-2 defeat. The Icemen fell in a six-goal hole in the first period and were unable to recover despite playing Southern Oregon evenly the rest of the way.
Both of the Icemen’s goals Sunday came in the second period courtesy of the power play. Kevin Hodsdon got Tahoe on the board 45 seconds into the frame off an assist from Phillipe Pepin, and just more than six minutes later Langowski found the back of the net assisted by Austin Lykins and Artsiom Surmach — Southern Oregon scored the game’s final three goals to hand the visitors a seven-goal defeat.
Tahoe (2-37) currently sits in seventh place in the WSHL Northwest Division. The Icemen return to action for a three-game series at league-leading Idaho (31-7-0-1) beginning Friday, Feb. 12.
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