By: Lucas Ailport
The Eastside Freeze pulled away in the second and third periods to win its home opener against the Lakeville Lumberjacks by a score of 19-10 on Friday night. The Freeze were unselfish throughout the entire game. Ten of their 11 point-getters all posted an assist.
It was newly-added Quinton White who helped lead the charge for the Freeze. The Stillwater High School grad led the team with nine points, he scored four goals and dished out five assists.
Cole Herder was right behind White with eight points, he recorded three goals and five assists. Jake Pitts was the top goal scorer with six. Will Mckinney scored three goals and tagged four assists. Rawley Scherman bagged five assists and a goal, Ryan Gillard tallied four assists and Nicholas Peterson recorded three assists and a goal.
Lakeville struck first with two goals to start the game. However, the first period was very similar to a ping pong match, alot of back and forth. Eastside scored three goals to take the lead before the Lumberjacks scored another two right after. The Freeze went on a 5-2 run to close out the first period and led 8-6. Pitts and White scored seven of the eight goals scored in the first.
Eastside outscored Lakeville 6-2 in the second period. Five different Freeze players found the back of the net at least once. Goalie Joseph Brothers looked sharp with the 11 saves he made in the second. He didn’t look back at the first where he faced 14 shots and allowed six goals. Brothers finished the game with 28 saves.
It took McKinney a couple periods to find the back of the net. He scored three goals in the third period. The Freeze had Lakeville’s number in the third as well and only held the Lumberjacks to two goals. Marcus Fiori was just over fifty percent on faceoffs (13-11) and recorded two assists. Jimmy Garay-Triviski won seven of his eleven draws.
Eastside will square off with Lakeville again Tuesday, tonight at 7 p.m. in Cottage Grove. The game will be live streamed on Instagram from Eastside Freeze’s official account. Lakeville will be looking for its first win of the year (0-2) while the Freeze (1-1) will look to grab a second win before another matchup against Minneapolis.