West division proving to be La Crosse’s achilles heel

The La Crosse Freeze are working on shaking the rust off after just three games since the 12th of November. Their first of the three came the Wednesday before Thanksgiving against the Wisconsin Whalers; this past weekend it was on to hosting the Alexandria Blizzard.

The first two periods it was all Alexandria. The Blizzard got off to three goals off of 25 shots while the Freeze managed to put just 17 shots on net in the same time frame.

It wasn’t until the 14:43 mark in the third that Ethan Bettis (Thomas Magnavite, Brandon Ratzloff) found the back of the net. It was also the only time the Freeze would convert, dropping the first game of the series 1-3. Jacob Silverstein saved 26/29 shots on the night.

Unlike the night before the Freeze cracked the scoreboard first as Toon De Schepper (Brady Lindauer, Matthew Francois) scored his third goal on the season. In the second period the Blizzard tied and took the lead in less than four minutes. Magnavite (Connor Losen) wasted no time tying the game, however, just 49 seconds later.

After no scores in the third period both teams took matters into overtime. All signs were pointing to La Crosse’s first shootout of the season but Alexandria’s Alec Skar capped the game off with just a minute left.

Will Graves dropped his first game since the third of November against the Breezy Point North Stars, saving 27/30 shots.

The Freeze hit the ice just once this upcoming weekend, taking on the Wausau Riverwolves on Saturday night in Wausau.