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Tahoe Icemen swept by Whitefish on home ice

Anthony Gentile
Tahoe forward Austin Lykins celebrates after scoring a goal in the Icemen’s WSHL Northwest Division game against Whitefish on Saturday, Jan. 30, at SLT Ice Arena.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Icemen hockey team played its first home series of 2016 last weekend at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena and couldn’t break through for a victory. The Icemen were swept by the Whitefish Wolverines in a three-game series, Jan. 22-24, keeping them winless in the new year.

Tahoe’s closest defeat came in the series opener, a 4-1 loss Friday, Jan. 22. The Icemen scored their lone goal in the second period — a power play tally from Austin Naylor assisted by Kevin Hodsdon and Taylor Garner.

Whitefish scored twice in the first period, and after a scoreless second put the game out of reach with a pair of goals in the final frame. Tahoe was outshot 50-14 in defeat — Austin Toussaint stopped 46 shots.

On Saturday, Jan. 23, Tahoe fell to the Wolverines 8-3. After an even first period, the Icemen couldn’t match Whitefish en route to a second straight loss to the visitors.

Tahoe got on the board via the power play midway through the first period Saturday, tying the score with a Colton Langowski goal assisted by Austin Lykins. Whitefish scored three straight goals to open the second period, with Lykins stopping the run courtesy of a goal assisted by Artsiom Surmach and Edgar Gonzalez with 5:16 left.

The Icemen trailed 5-2 after the second period, and they couldn’t get closer than three in the third. Maksim Akimychau scored assisted by Surmach in a 4-on-4 situation to make it 6-3 with 11:48 to play, but Whitefish answered with two goals to win the game going away.

In the series finale Sunday, Jan. 24, Tahoe fell by a 10-1 margin for a ninth straight loss. The Icemen gave up double-digit goals for the first time in 21 games as Whitefish completed the sweep — their only goal of the game came from Akimychau in the first period off assists from Surmach and Toussaint.

Tahoe (2-31) currently sits in last place in the WSHL Northwest Division standings with four points. The Icemen return to action with a three-game interdivision series this weekend, Jan. 29-31, at SLT Ice Arena against the Valencia Flyers (29-6), who are currently second in the WSHL Western Division — Friday and Saturday’s games start at 7:30 p.m., with the puck scheduled to drop at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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