Lawson’s goals lift La Crosse to 6-2 victory over West Michigan

Zach Lawson had two goals to lead the La Crosse Freeze to a 6-2 victory over the West Michigan Wolves.

Lawson scored at 4:18 into the second period to make the score 1-1 and again while 6:04 into the third to make the score 4-2 La Crosse.

La Crosse put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow West Michigan to score on any of its three power plays. The Freeze outdid their season average for goals scored. La Crosse averages 3.4 goals per game.

La Crosse additionally got points from Taylor Trapp, who also tallied one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Others who scored for La Crosse included Hunter Dragosh, Daniel Toycen, and Ben Henderson, who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for La Crosse were Blake Olinyk, who had two and Case Moioffer, Alexander Rickoff, Jake Lipski, Caleb Blank, Brady Thiering, and Dan Marotz, who contributed one each.

The Wolves\’ penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled seven minors and one major for 29 minutes in penalty time. West Michigan had been averaging 18.0 minutes in penalties per game.

The Wolves were helped by Alex Olson, who had one goal. Olson scored 18:10 into the second period to make the score 2-2. Shawn Adam picked up the assist. West Michigan also got a goal from Dakota Ulmer as well. In addition, West Michigan received assists from Michael Tratar, Mike Difranco, and Ian Rolfsen, who each chipped in one.

Andrew Wagner recorded 21 saves for the Freeze. La Crosse totaled 23 minutes in penalty time with four minors and one major and went 1-for-7 on the power play. West Michigan\’s Chase Stanford stopped 22 shots out of the 28 that he faced.