The Lake Tahoe Icemen won two out of three games last week, acquired four points and moved into second place alone in the Western States Hockey League Northwest Standings.
The Icemen beat their hosts, the Southern Oregon Spartans, 5-4 Friday and 6-3 Saturday before losing 6-2 in the series finale Sunday, Feb. 25.
With three games to play in the regular season, the Icemen (25-20-3) have 53 points and the Bellingham Blazers (24-18-3) have 51. The Icemen will finish their schedule Friday to Sunday, March 2-4, against the fourth place West Sound Warriors (21-23-1, 43 points).
The Blazers still have six games left, three against the first place Idaho IceCats (42-4-2, 86 points) and three versus the Warriors.
Playoff news and format has yet to be posted.
Icemen forward Paul Frys extended his scoring streak to 27 games with 11 points over the three games. He recorded a hat trick and had two assists in the series opener. He followed that with two goals and three assists the next night and scored a single goal late in the finale to keep the streak alive.
Frys is the seventh leading scorer in the WSHL with 106 points, 44 goals and 62 assists.
Also for Tahoe in the opener, Phillip Heisse III had two assists, Danylo Moroz scored and had an assist, Jackson Oleson scored and John Soliday had an assist.
On Saturday, Moroz scored twice and added an assist, Easton Easterson and Mitch Hunt also scored and Eric Easterson, Heisse, Hunt and Kevyn McElligot had assists.
In Game 3, Tanner Turcotte scored and Lucas Demsar, Mitch Webb and Eric Easterson had assists.