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Tahoe Icemen swept in three-game series at Butte

Anthony Gentile

Icemen Home Series

Tahoe vs. Whitefish

Jan. 22-24 at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena

Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.

BUTTE, Mont. — The Tahoe Icemen hockey team returned from a three-week break to face a team in the bottom half of the WSHL Northwest Division standings last weekend, but didn’t start off the new year as planned. The Icemen were swept by Butte in a three-game series at Butte Community Ice Center, Jan. 8-10.

The Icemen opened the series with a 4-2 loss on Saturday, Jan. 8. Tahoe used its special teams to take a 2-1 lead in the third period, but Butte responded with three unanswered goals to take the series opener.

Tahoe trailed 1-0 after a scoreless second period, and jumped in front in the third with a pair of power play goals 65 seconds apart. Kevin Hodson scored on a 5-on-3 off assists from Edgar Gonzalez and Colton Lanzowksi with 13:08 left, and Zach Houck found the back of the net with the man advantage shortly after to put the Icemen in front.

Butte tied the game with 8:05 remaining in the third period, and scored the go-ahead goal on the power play with 2:55 left. The Icemen were outshot 58-9 in the narrow defeat.

On Saturday, Jan. 9, Tahoe lost to the Cobras 5-2. In defeat, the Icemen fell in a five-goal hole before finding the back of the net twice late in the third period.

Taylor Garner got Tahoe on the board with 2:56 left in the game scoring off assists from Phillipe Pepin and Gonzalez, and with 10 seconds to play Pepin scored assisted by Hodsdon and Austin Naylor. Butte scored twice in the first period, and had a 3-0 lead after the second intermission.

The Icemen were outshot 65-18 in Saturday’s game, and Butte put 50 shots on net in the first two frames. Tymen Edelkoort III made 60 saves in the loss.

Tahoe wrapped up the series with a 5-0 loss in the series finale Sunday, Jan. 10. After a scoreless first period, Butte scored three in the second period and added two more in the third to complete the three-game sweep.

The Icemen currently sit in last place in the division standings, with six straight losses pushing their record to 2-28. Tahoe is 11 points behind seventh-place Seattle.

Tahoe returns to action at home Friday, Jan. 22, when it begins a three-game home series against Whitefish at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena. Friday and Saturday’s games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with the puck set to drop for Sunday’s finale at 2 p.m.

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