La Crosse Freeze 7, Rochester Ice Hawks 1
The La Crosse Freeze started 2016 much like they ended 2015: Winning. After winning four of five games in December (two against Rochester, 2-1 at the NA3HL Showcase) the Freeze came into their New Years Day matchup with a lot of momentum on their side.
The Freeze started the game quickly last Friday night with a goal from Hunter Breza and a power play goal from Matt Wolter. The Ice Hawks tallied one of their own 5:57 into the second period but it was all Freeze thereafter including a Daniel Toycen goal just 21 seconds before the 2nd intermission was set to take place.
The third period was one of the best 20 minutes the Freeze have put together all season, pelting Rochester goalie Kyle Plantz with 28 shots (51 total shots through three periods). Jerame Schuetzle and Breza both scored off of power plays to begin the third, Brady Thiering scored one at the 14:21 mark and Schuetzle scored his second of the period just 29 seconds later.
After a stint in the NAHL with the Coulee Region Chill, Andrew Wagner returned to the Freeze bench and played well saving 24/25 shots through the night.
The Freeze return home this Saturday at 3pm against the Wisconsin Whalers for their first home game of 2016! They’ll return Sunday afternoon for a 2pm game against the Rochester Ice Hawks.
If you want to catch the Freeze game on Saturday afternoon make sure to come on out for the Chill game Friday night! Anyone that leaves the building out of the South door will receive one free Freeze ticket.