The La Crosse Freeze get their second consecutive sweep, this time over their divisional opponent the Rochester Ice Hawks.
Friday Night: La Crosse Freeze 3, Rochester Ice Hawks 2
The Freeze came into their first series against the Ice Hawks back in November undefeated at home. The Ice Hawks left the arena that night with their first big win since coming over to the NA3HL this season.
It was a different story this time as the Freeze and Ice Hawks competed in their second home-and-home series of the season. The Freeze got off to a fast start going up 2-1 after the first period thanks to goals from Brady Theiring and JP Eykyn (power-play goal). The second period was a quiet one except for an unsuccessful penalty shot via Cameron Pries. Hunter Breza made it a 3-1 game in the last quarter of the third while short handed but Rochester answered back quickly with a power-play goal from Trey McMillen. It was, however, too late for the Ice Hawks and the Freeze avenged their earlier home loss to the Ice Hawks with a 3-2 victory.
Will Graves was in net for the Freeze and he saved 21/23 shots for the night.
Saturday Night: La Crosse Freeze 5, Rochester Ice Hawks 1
Saturday nights game in Rochester saw the Freeze go up early and stay there.
Mick Nisbit scored in the first and Ben Johnson scored in the second to take a 2-0 lead into the third period. Rochester's Dominik Bogdzuil scored :37 seconds into the third but 2-1 would be as close as the Ice Hawks would get as the Freeze tallied three power-play goals by Matt Wolter, Dylan Goggin and Ben Henderson in the third. Rochester had 13 infractions alone in the third, 21 throughout the game as the Freeze scored four of their five goals on power plays.
Garret Matz got the call to go in net and did what he needed to do saving 22/23 shots on the night.
The Freeze will take the weekend off from competition before getting back at it Thursday, Dec. 17 at the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine, MN against Evansville.