So far, so good. That’s what the La Crosse Freeze are thinking after their second consecutive weekend sweep. Now winners of their past five games they sit at the top of the Central Division standing with 16 points.
How’d they get there? It was a tale of two different games against the Whalers Friday and Saturday night. Friday night was the second Whalers/Freeze matchup in La Crosse already on the young season; the Freeze came out victorious by a narrow margin of 6-5 back on Sept. 29.
It was much of the same this past Friday. La Crosse came out with two goals in the first from Matthew Francois (Clayton Lackey) and Marcus Tilmon (Brandon Ratzloff, Toon De Schepper) to Wisconsin’s one. The result in the second was much of the same: two goals for the Freeze off the sticks of Tilmon (Brock Zukowski) and Laudon Poellinger (Jacob Garman, Brady Lindauer) with the Whalers scoring just once.
The score remained 4-2 before the Whalers scored with 51 seconds left. Goalie Will Graves held Wisconsin in check the rest of the way while picking up his third consecutive win and his fourth on the season.
The home-and-home series concluded Saturday night in Oregon in impressive fashion. Strong second and third periods for the Freeze resulted in a 12-1 victory. Here’s how the scoring went down:
Garman (Alec Seeger)
Lackey (Keation Caplis)
Lackey (Ethan Bettis)
Garman (Will Bryant)
Caleb Beversdorf (unassisted)
Beversdorf (Jake Ziegelbein)
Lackey (Lindauer, De Schepper)
Lindauer (Caplis, Lackey)
Ziegelbein (C. Beversdorf, Benjamin Beversdorf)
Ziegelbein (B. Beversdorf, C. Beversdorf)
With the weekend sweep the Freeze improved their record to 8-3. This weekend the Freeze have another home-and-home series but it’s against a brand new opponent – new to the NA3HL in 2017-18 – the Wausau RiverWolves. The Freeze host Friday night (7pm puck drop) at the Green Island Ice Arena and hit the road for Wausau Saturday night (7:10pm puck drop).