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Another weekend sweep for the Freeze

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:

1st period:

Garman (Alec Seeger)

Lackey (Keation Caplis)

2nd period:

Lackey (Ethan Bettis)

Garman (Will Bryant)

Caleb Beversdorf (unassisted)

Beversdorf (Jake Ziegelbein)

Lackey (Lindauer, De Schepper)

Lindauer (Caplis, Lackey)

3rd period:

Beversdorf (Bettis)

Ziegelbein (C. Beversdorf, Benjamin Beversdorf)

Bryant (unassisted)

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).

Go Freeze!

Wagner makes college commitment

The La Crosse Freeze, proud members of the NA3HL, are excited to announce that goalie Andrew Wagner has committed to play collegiate hockey for the Adrian College hockey team in the ACHA Division I.
Wagner (5’11/175) spent his junior hockey career competing at the tier-3 level in the North American 3 Hockey League. He spent his first season in the league with the Flint Jr. Generals before the team was brought to La Crosse. He then spent the next three seasons with the Freeze, helping lead the team to the playoffs each season.
Adrian College head coach Gary Astalos said, “Andrew is a strong goaltender and an even better person. We are excited to have him on the ice and in the classroom at Adrian College.”
Wagner, a native of East Lansing, Michigan, finished his final regular season with the Freeze with a 6-5 record including a 3.20 GAA and a .904 save percentage. He followed it up with a strong performance in the NA3HL playoffs going 2-1 with a 2.02 GAA and .938 save percentage.
Wagner also played in the 2016 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for Team Central.
The Freeze would like to thank Andrew for his hard work and dedication with the organization over the last three seasons and wish him the best of luck as he continues his academic and athletic careers at Adrian College.

Eykyn makes NCAA Commitment

The La Crosse Freeze, proud members of the NA3HL, are excited to announce that forward JP Eykyn has committed to play NCAA Division III collegiate hockey for the Gustavus Adolphus hockey program.
Eykyn (5’8/165) helped lead the Freeze in just his second full season with the organization. As a rookie in 2015-16 the native from Waseca, Minnesota finished with seven goals and 21 assists for a total of 28 points in 43 career games. In his second season with the Freeze he played in 45 games, finishing the season with 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points.
He finished second on the team in total points and tied for second in assists.
Eykyn, a 20-year-old forward, competed in the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects tournament competing in all three games and finishing with three assists for the gold team.
With a year left of juniors eligibility, Eykyn commits to Gustavus Adolphus a year removed from two former Freeze players (Jared Bromberg and Reid Brown) doing the same.
The Freeze would like to thank JP for his hard work and dedication the past two seasons with the organization and wish him the best of luck as he continues his academic and athletic careers.

Toycen makes NCAA Commitment

The La Crosse Freeze, proud members of the NA3HL, are excited to announce that forward Danny Toycen has committed to play NCAA Division III collegiate hockey for Lawrence University hockey team of the NCHA.
Toycen (5’8/165) spent his entire junior hockey career with the Freeze in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The native from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin finished his career with 45 goals and 72 assists for a total of 117 points in 128 career games. In his final season with the Freeze he contributed 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points.
Lawrence College head coach Mike Szkodzinski said he is very excited to add Danny to the Lawrence program.
The Freeze would like  to thank Danny for his hard work and dedication with the organization over the last three seasons and wish him the best of luck as he continues his academic and athletic careers.
*Story provided by the NA3HL

Home ice gives Freeze edge to move on in Silver Cup playoffs

The Freeze began the opening round of the playoffs by traveling to face the Wisconsin Whalers. Goals from JP Eykyn (Briley), Lukas Motloch (2) (Losen) (Dolan, Losen), and Tyler Briley (Toycen, Eykyn) scored for the Freeze through the first two periods. However, a pair of Whaler third period goals lifted them over the Freeze to take the first of the 3-game series 5-4. Will Graves was handed the loss after 30 saves.

 

The following night the Freeze returned home and fought through the threat of elimination to score three consecutive goals in the second period to take a lead that they ran with until the final buzzer. Donny Schultz (Anderson) (Machusak, Dolan) scored the first two goals to tie the game and Lukas Motloch (Losen, Schultz) put in the game-winning goal. Andrew Wagner buckled down and didn’t give up a single goal through the final 37 minutes of the game to send the series to a third and final game.

 

Wagner was in net again for the final game on home ice where a defensive battle held most of the game at a stalemate. Sam Dabrowski (Marquardt, Toycen) scored at the beginning of the second period with a power play goal for the first score of the game before a Whalers goal followed within two minutes. The 1-1 tie was finally broken as team captain Danny Toycen (Briley) put a puck past the Wisconsin goalie for the game winning goal in the third period. The 2-1 victory secured a trip to the second round of the playoffs.
Next up for the Freeze are the North Iowa Bulls. The Freeze have one of the 10 regulation loses that were handed to the Bulls and the only shutout against the Bulls who scored 5.7 goals per game through the regular season. The Bulls will host two of the three games on friday and Sunday nights. The Freeze will look to extend their good luck at home with Saturday night’s game 2 coming to Green Island Ice Arena at 7:00.

Freeze surge into the final weekend of the regular season

After sweeping the Bulldogs this past weekend, the Freeze will take to the road for the final 3 games of the regular season. In Friday night’s game, goals were scored by Micah Anderson (Goggin, Seeger),  JP Eykyn (Machusak, Frerks), Alec Seeger (Briley), Adam Halett (Machusak), Sam Dabrowski with a hat trick (Anderson) (Marquardt) (Dolan, Goggin), Matt Wolter (Briley), Danny Toycen (Lanz, Marquardt), Donny Schultz (Motloch), and another hat trick for Lukas Motloch (Losen, Schultz) (Schultz, Losen) (Losen, Wolter). Andrew Wagner picked up the win with 13 saves on 14 shots and was aided on penalty kills with a pair of shorthanded goals.

 

Saturday night’s game was the Freeze’s first shutout of the Bulldogs as Will Graves stopped all 20 shots sent his way for his third shutout in 13 games. The Freeze’s 12 goals came courtesy of Lukas Motloch with another hat trick (Sands, Schultz) (Losen, Lanz) (Losen, Lanz), Colton Sands (Goggin, Machusak) with his first goal of the year, Tyler Briley with a hat trick (Toycen, Eykyn) (Eykyn, Toycen) (Eykyn, Dabrowski), Hunter Dolan (2) (Wolter) (Hazlett, Wolter), Donny Schultz (2) (Losen, Wolter) (Losen, Lanz), and Nathan Marquardt (Goggin, Frerks) with his first goal of the season.

 

The season finale with the Bulldogs saw another 12-goal game as Points were put on the board by Donny Schultz (Briley, Losen), Adam Hazlett (Machusak), Tyler Briley (4) (Eykyn, Elliott) (Toycen, Eykyn) (Eykyn, Lands) (Toycen, Eykyn), Lukas Motloch (Schultz, Marquardt), Sam Dabrowski (2) ( Seeger, Anderson) (Frerks), Micah Anderson (Marquardt, Dabrowski), Kadin Machusak (Briley, Hazlett), and Brendan Elliott (Toycen, Eykyn). Jacob Silverstein picked up the win with 14 saves on 17 shots from the Bulldogs to up his record to 10-4 on the season.
The Freeze will travel to Alexandria for a pair of games against the playoff-bound Blizzard on Friday and Saturday nights before a Sunday evening game on the road against the division-leading North Iowa Bulls.

Freeze players come up big at Top Prospects Tournament

There was a lot of action the past two days for the three La Crosse Freeze players at the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament.  Lukas Motloch, JP Eykyn, and Sam Dabrowski are all leaving after making a great impression on scouts.

A slow day one didn’t make for a slow day two for Motloch and Eykyn; both players scored three points in different ways in Tuesday’s action.  Motloch received a hat trick while Eykyn scored his points by way of assists, two of which came on Motloch goals.  Both players played a large role in Tuesday’s 7-4 win.

Dabrowski, competing in his first season of juniors, played in three games for the U18 Selects Red Team the past two days.  Held scoreless in the first and third games he scored a goal early in the third period of game two.  His goal would tie the game at 4-4 but the red team went on to lose 8-5.

With Top Prospects over the Freeze will begin preparing for the upcoming series with the Chicago Bulldogs.  All three games will take place in La Crosse at the Green Island Ice Arena this Friday-Sunday.

Freeze offense ignites in series with Bulldogs

Starting with a Friday afternoon 9-1 win propelled by goals from Lukas Motloch (Anderson, Schultz), Alec Seeger (Briley, Dolan), Hunter Dolan (2) (Seeger), Joshua Frerks (2) (Marquardt) (Toycen, Briley), Tyler Briley (Toycen, Eykyn), Dylan Goggin (Machusak, Hazlett), and Micah Anderson (Schultz, Motloch). Will Graves saved 13 of 14 shots for the win.

 

Saturday night was another 8-1 rout. A Bulldog goal in the first minute was all that was given up by goaltender Jacob Silverstein. After that, his win was aided by Tyler Briley (Schultz, Eykyn), Donny Schultz (3) (Sands, Machusak) (Anderson, Dabrowski) (Eykyn, Briley), Alec Seeger (2) (Anderson) (Sands), Adam Hazlett (Schultz, Frerks), and Danny Toycen.

 

In Sunday’s weekend finale, the Freeze broke double digits in goals courtesy of Donny Schultz (Wolter, Dolan), Alec Seeger (Dabrowski, Dolan), Tyler Briley (2) (Eykyn, Seeger) (Seeger), Hunter Dolan (2) (Briley) (Seeger, Lanz), JP Eykyn (Frerks, Machusak), Lukas Motloch (2) (Losen, Lanz) (Losen), Danny Toycen (Dabrowski, Anderson), and Adam Hazlett (Anderson, Seeger). Andrew Wagner’s 11-1 victory capped the weekend of widening the Freeze’s cushion in second place. A week off will allow the Freeze to begin march with three more games against the Bulldogs.

Eykyn, Motloch, Dabrowski invited to 2017 Top Prospects Tournament

Forwards JP Eykyn, Lukas Motloch and Sam Dabrowski have been invited to the 2017 Top Prospects Tournament.  

Eykyn is in his second season with the Freeze.  The ’97 native of Waseca, MN  has 14 goals and 13 assists this year, just one point away from surpassing his rookie season of 28 points.  His 14 goals on the season has doubled in his second year of NA3HL action.

Like Eykyn, Motloch is having a great season in La Crosse and continues to contribute at a high level.  Playing in his last season of juniors eligibility, Motloch has 10 goals and 11 assists good for 5th and 8th on the team, respectively.

Dabrowski is competing in his first season of junior hockey.  The local product of Onalaska, WI currently leads the Freeze in both goals (16) and assists (20).  

The Top Prospects Tournament is set to begin Monday, February 27th in Plymouth, MI.  Eykyn, Motloch and the rest of the representatives from the Central and Coastal Divisions play at 4:15pm on the 27th and 9:30am on the 28th.  Dabrowski, who made the U18 Selects team, begins play at 8:15pm on the 27th and 11:30am the following day.