The Eastside Freeze dropped its first game of its inaugural season to the Lakeville Lumberjacks 10-7, on Monday night in Lakeville. That’s not too shabby for a team that formed three weeks before the season started. As the game rolled on, so did the team chemistry.
Eastside got on the board first after both teams felt each other out. Forward Giuseppe Palermo dished out a pass to forward Clay Diedrich who found the back of the net. The Lumberjacks answered back with a four goal run to finish out the first period.
The Freeze had a three-goal deficit heading into the second, but Eastside scored two early tic-tac-toe goals to bring it to 4-3. Diedrich fed a pass to forward Will McKinney, Mckinney then found Palermo for the Freeze’s second goal. After his goal, Palermo helped set up the next goal after he sent a pass to forward Adam Porter. Porter found McKinney for the third goal.
The Lumberjacks found an answer shortly after to lift the lead to 5-3. The back and forth continued as the Freeze managed two more goals from Mckinney and forward Seth Noble.
Eastside took back the lead after a goal by Palermo from Mckinney and Porter. Once again, the Lumberjacks closed out the second period on a run. Lakeville scored three goals to make it 8-6 after two periods.
Lakeville scored the first goal and put a dagger in the game with the last goal of the third period. In between the ruckus, forward Grant Glazier found the back of the net for the Freeze.
When things weren’t clicking for the Freeze, goalie Brandon Delyea made sure to hold the fort down on his end to help keep his team in the game. Although shots on goal weren’t kept track of, Delyea had himself a night in net playing solid when needed.
After starting the season 0-1, Eastside can only go up from this point. The Freeze will get another crack at the Lumberjacks on July 26 in Hastings. Start time is slated for 7 p.m.