Weekend Recap: Freeze Sweep Flying Aces, Widen Lead Over 3rd Place Whalers

La Crosse Freeze 4, Minnesota Flying Aces 0

 

Both the Freeze and Flying Aces began their weekend series in La Crosse in slow fashion as no goals were scored in the first.  The tides rippled in the Freeze’s favor halfway through the second as Taylor Trapp (Daniel Toycen, Jared Bromberg assisted) put the first goal on the board.  Toycen added another goal for La Crosse at the 16:16 mark with helpers from Sam Wenner and Trapp.

At the 9:11 mark in the 3rd, the same line of Trapp – Wenner – Toycen scored once again, this time the roles reversed.  Trapp put the puck in net with assists from both Wenner and Toycen, their second assists on the night.  Brady Thiering made it 4-0 late in the third with an assist from new Freeze teammate Reid Brown along with Kadin Machusak.

Freeze goalie Will Graves was unbeatable in net, saving all 24 of the shots he faced en route to his 2nd shutout of the season.  Dakota McDonald picked up the loss for Minnesota.

La Crosse Freeze 7, Minnesota Flying Aces 6

Saturday night’s game started out slow once again for the Freeze but certainly wouldn’t end that way.  Austyn Renn scored the first goal for the Flying Aces just a minute into the game and Minnesota would carry that lead into what would be an exciting 2nd period.

5:59 into the 2nd, Trapp (Daylon De Souza, Matt Wolter) put La Crosse on the board.  That was followed up by two goals via the Flying Aces, one from Kyle Wendorf and the other by Tyler Leverty.  Trapp (Wenner, Toycen) added another to bring the score to 2-3 and Brady Thiering (Hunter Breza, Machusak) tied the game at three, all in an attempt to set-up a scoring onslaught in the 3rd period.

After scoring twice in the 2nd, Trapp (Toycen) netted a hat trick to give La Crosse their first lead of the game 55 seconds into the 3rd, and Wolter (De Souza, Wenner) made it a two-goal advantage less than a minute later.  Tre Opack and former Freeze player Joe Guimont stormed back to tie the game back up at five halfway through the final frame.  At the 14:02 mark, De Souza (Ben Johnson, Brown) scored his first goal in two weeks to give the advantage back to the Freeze.  Toycen (Wenner, Trapp) all-but sealed the deal with an empty netter with 71 seconds left to play to spread the advantage to 7-5.  Leverty knotted his second goal of the contest just 16 later to make things interesting but it’d be too little, too late for the Flying Aces.

Will Graves picked up his second win of the weekend off of 22 saves, and Brady Griffin took the loss for the Flying Aces.  

Only one game this weekend for the Freeze.  They’ll be taking on the Rochester Ice Hawks at home in a 7pm contest.  Save $1 off the gate price by reserving your tickets now!

Go Freeze!