Saturday, February 28, 2015

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 33-27-1-2 record (19-12-1-0 at home, 14-15-0-2 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY, who have collected points in seven consecutive outings, will return home to host RED DEER March 6.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 24 players (two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of three 1994-born players, 11 1995-born players, three 1996-born players, five 1997-born players, and two 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has seven first-year players on its roster.

DID YOU KNOW: Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU leads the ICE in road scoring with 36 points (14-22-36)...Forward LUKE PHILP is ranked second with 35 points (15-20-35)...KOOTENAY holds a 32-30-3-1 lifetime record versus BRANDON (17-15-2-0 at home, 15-15-1-1 on the road, 8-5-0 in overtime)...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN has been named the VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK for the week ending February 22...In three wins, HOFLIN posted a 1.00 goals-against average and .968 save percentage including a 29-save shutout February 21 at SPOKANE...HOFLIN made his 100th career appearance February 25 at REGINA...Forward SAM REINHART became the first ICE player to reach 300 career points February 20 versus EDMONTON...REINHART has 13 goals in 15 career games versus the WHEAT KINGS…Forward TIM BOZON made his 250th career appearance February 25 at REGINA…Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU scored his third shootout winner of the season February 27 at BRANDON…DESCHENEAU played in his 250th career game February 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward AUSTIN VETTERL recorded his 100th career point (assist) February 25 versus the PATS...Defenseman TANNER LISHCHYNSKY scored his first goal with KOOTENAY February 24 at SWIFT CURRENT…LISHCHYNSKY appeared in his 100th career game February 20 versus EDMONTON…Defenseman LENNY HACKMAN registered his first point with the ICE (assist) February 24 versus the BRONCOS...HACKMAN is three games shy of 200 career appearances…Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH made his 100th appearance in a KOOTENAY uniform February 20 against the OIL KINGS... Defenseman RINAT VALIEV is two appearances short of 100 career games played…The ICE matched a franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a period away from home (TIM BOZON, 0:08 third period) February 17 against the HURRICANES...The record was originally set December 18, 1998 by STEVE McCARTHY at RED DEER…KOOTENAY has played three consecutive games decided by a shootout (2-0-0-1)…The ICE franchise record for consecutive shootout games is four (February 1-8, 2008) in which KOOTENAY posted a 3-0-0-1 record.

STREAKS: LUKE PHILP (4-9-13) and SAM REINHART (4-8-12) are both riding seven-game point streaks...TIM BOZON has tallied points in each of his last four games (3-2-5).

INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup three to five months with an upper body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 63 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 36-23-2-2, after 64 games 37-23-2-2 and after 65 games 37-24-2-2.

DRAFTED PLAYERS: SAM REINHART - Buffalo Sabres (1st Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TIM BOZON - Montreal Canadiens (3rd Round, 2012 NHL Draft), RINAT VALIEV - Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Round, 2014 NHL Draft), JAEDON DESCHENEAU - St. Louis Blues (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TANNER FAITH – Minnesota Wild (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft).

Kootenay 3 Brandon 2 SO

From Chris Wahl ... http://www.kootenayice.net/article/ice-use-shootout-to-advantage-in-brandon
Jaedon Descheneau scored his third shootout winner of the season as the Kootenay ICE edged the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-2 at Westman Place.

Wyatt Hoflin stopped 32 shots as the ICE collected points for the seventh straight game.

After a scoreless first period, Kootenay opened the scoring 8:14 into the second period when Sam Reinhart capitalized on a power-play.

Fellow first-round draft pick Morgan Klimchuk tied the game at 1-1 in the final minute of period two, notching his 26th goal of the season.

The two teams traded goals in the third period with the ICE going ahead at 10:42 through Matt Alfaro. Brandon again found an equalizer with 3:27 remaining in regulation time on a tally for Rihards Bukarts.

Four on four overtime solved nothing, and the ICE needed a shootout-tying goal from Alfaro before Descheneau helped the visitors secure the extra point in the fourth round.

Jordan Papirny made 35 saves in the Wheat Kings goal.

Kootenay played its third straight game decided by a shootout.

UP NEXT: the ICE complete a stretch of five straight away contests with a return engagement in Brandon. Game time is 6:30 pm.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Remaining Schedules

After February 27th

Kootenay 9
Home 4 – Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary
Road 5 – Brandon, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Calgary

Calgary 10
Home 3 – Lethbridge, Red Deer, Kootenay
Road 7 – Everett, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Kootenay

Edmonton 10
Home 5 – Prince Albert, Regina, Calgary, Saskatoon, Red Deer
Road 5 – Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer

Medicine Hat 10
Home 5 – Red Deer, Kootenay, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Saskatoon
Road 5 – Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Kootenay, Prince Albert, Saskatoon

Red Deer 11
Home 6 – Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Kootenay, Edmonton
Road 5 – Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Kootenay, Calgary, Edmonton

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 32-27-1-2 record (19-12-1-0 at home, 13-15-0-2 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 2-2 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY, who have collected points in six consecutive outings, will face BRANDON in the second of two weekend meetings February 28 to complete a five-game road trip.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 24 players (two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of three 1994-born players, 11 1995-born players, three 1996-born players, five 1997-born players, and two 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has seven first-year players on its roster.

DID YOU KNOW: Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU leads the ICE in road scoring with 36 points (14-22-36)...Forward LUKE PHILP is ranked second with 34 points (15-19-34)...KOOTENAY holds a 31-30-3-1 lifetime record versus BRANDON (17-15-2-0 at home, 14-15-1-1 on the road, 7-5-0 in overtime)...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN has been named the VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK for the week ending February 22...In three wins, HOFLIN posted a 1.00 goals-against average and .968 save percentage including a 29-save shutout February 21 at SPOKANE...HOFLIN made his 100th career appearance February 25 at REGINA...Forward SAM REINHART became the first ICE player to reach 300 career points February 20 versus EDMONTON...Forward TIM BOZON made his 250th career appearance February 25 at REGINA…Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU played in his 250th career game February 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward AUSTIN VETTERL recorded his 100th career point (assist) February 25 versus the PATS...Defenseman TANNER LISHCHYNSKY scored his first goal with KOOTENAY February 24 at SWIFT CURRENT…LISHCHYNSKY appeared in his 100th career game February 20 versus EDMONTON…Defenseman LENNY HACKMAN registered his first point with the ICE (assist) February 24 versus the BRONCOS...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH made his 100th appearance in a KOOTENAY uniform February 20 against the OIL KINGS...The ICE matched a franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a period away from home (TIM BOZON, 0:08 third period) February 17 against the HURRICANES...The record was originally set December 18, 1998 by STEVE McCARTHY at RED DEER...KOOTENAY has capitalized on six of their last nine power-play opportunities...The ICE have scored four or more goals in each of the past six games.

STREAKS: JAEDON DESCHENEAU has recorded points in each of his last eight games (5-8-13)...LUKE PHILP (4-8-12) and SAM REINHART (3-8-11) are both riding six-game point streaks...AUSTIN VETTERL has tallied points in each of his last five games (1-6-7).

INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup three to five months with an upper body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 62 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 35-23-2-2, after 63 games 36-23-2-2 and after 64 games 37-23-2-2.

DRAFTED PLAYERS: SAM REINHART - Buffalo Sabres (1st Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TIM BOZON - Montreal Canadiens (3rd Round, 2012 NHL Draft), RINAT VALIEV - Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Round, 2014 NHL Draft), JAEDON DESCHENEAU - St. Louis Blues (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TANNER FAITH – Minnesota Wild (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft).

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Remaining Schedules

After February 26th

Kootenay 10
Home 4 – Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary
Road 6 – Brandon, Brandon, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Calgary

Calgary 11
Home 3 – Lethbridge, Red Deer, Kootenay
Road 8 – Everett, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Kootenay

Edmonton 10
Home 5 – Prince Albert, Regina, Calgary, Saskatoon, Red Deer
Road 5 – Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer

Medicine Hat 11
Home 5 – Red Deer, Kootenay, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Saskatoon
Road 6 – Regina, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Kootenay, Prince Albert, Saskatoon

Red Deer 12
Home 7 – Prince Albert, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Kootenay, Edmonton
Road 5 – Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Kootenay, Calgary, Edmonton

Kootenay 5 Regina 4 SO

From Chris Wahl ... http://www.kootenayice.net/article/descheneau-plays-shootout-hero-in-ice-win
Jaedon Descheneau scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout as the Kootenay ICE slipped past the Regina Pats 5-4 Wednesday in Regina.

Descheneau fired a puck off the crossbar behind Pats goaltender Daniel Wapple and in as Kootenay collected points in their sixth consecutive game.

The ICE were forced to come from behind Wednesday, and fell behind 2-0 in the first period after goals from both Taylor Cooper and Pavel Padakin. Kootenay netminder Wyatt Hoflin made 13 saves in the opening frame.

The visitors found the scoresheet 2:17 into period two when River Beattie tipped home Rinat Valiev's point shot to cut the lead to 2-1.

After Regina's Sam Steel gave the hosts a 3-1 lead just past the six-minute mark, the ICE beat Wapple again after Descheneau was given time and space in front of the Pats goal at 8:25.

Kootenay captain Sam Reinhart tied the game at 3-3 with 33 seconds remaining in the middle period, as the ICE outshot Regina 14-9 in the frame.

Kootenay claimed their first lead of the night through Tim Bozon at 11:11 of the third period after he was sprung in on Wapple by Reinhart. Bozon's goal kept him neck-and-neck with Descheneau for the team lead in tallies with 29 on the season.

The Pats pressed for an equalizer, and forced overtime with 45 seconds left in regulation time when Connor Hobbs fired a point blast through heavy traffic in front of Hoflin.

Overtime produced no winner, and after Hoflin foiled five Regina shooters the ICE claimed the extra point thanks to Descheneau.

Hoflin, making his 100th career WHL appearance, stopped 32 shots Wednesday to collect his 31st victory of the season, while Wapple made 37 saves for the Pats.

Reinhart, Valiev and Austin Vetterl all had multi-point efforts for Kootenay. ICE forward Tim Bozon skated in his 250th career game.

Cooper led all scorers with a goal and two assists for Regina.

UP NEXT: the ICE will play two games in Brandon this weekend, beginning Friday night at 6:30 MT. The next home action for Kootenay is Friday, March 6th on Jersey off the Back Night versus the Red Deer Rebels. For ticket information, visit the ICE office inside Western Financial Place or call (250) 417-0322.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 31-27-1-2 record (19-12-1-0 at home, 12-15-0-2 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 1-2 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY, who have collected points in five consecutive outings, will play two games in BRANDON February 27 and 28.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 24 players (two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of three 1994-born players, 11 1995-born players, three 1996-born players, five 1997-born players, and two 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has seven first-year players on its roster.

DID YOU KNOW: Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU leads the ICE in road scoring with 34 points (13-21-34)...Forward LUKE PHILP is ranked second with 33 points (15-18-33)... KOOTENAY holds a 37-24-4-2 lifetime record versus REGINA (21-8-2-2 at home, 16-16-2-0 on the road, 6-5-2 in overtime)...Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting this season between the ICE and PATS with KOOTENAY holding a 2-1-0-0 record in the season series...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN has been named the VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK for the week ending February 22...In three wins, HOFLIN posted a 1.00 goals-against average and .968 save percentage including a 29-save shutout February 21 at SPOKANE...HOFLIN, who is one appearance shy of 100 career games played, surpassed 5,000 career minutes played February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...Forward SAM REINHART became the first ICE player to reach 300 career points February 20 versus EDMONTON...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU played in his 250th career game February 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward TIM BOZON is one appearance shy of 250 games played…Defenseman TANNER LISHCHYNSKY scored his first goal with KOOTENAY February 24 at SWIFT CURRENT…LISHCHYNSKY appeared in his 100th career game February 20 versus EDMONTON…Defenseman LENNY HACKMAN registered his first point with the ICE (assist) February 24 versus the BRONCOS...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH made his 100th appearance in a KOOTENAY uniform February 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward MATT ALFARO matched a career high with three points (two goals, one assist) February 17 against the HURRICANES...ALFARO also recorded his first career power play goal February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...The ICE matched a franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a period away from home (TIM BOZON, 0:08 third period) February 17 against the HURRICANES...The record was originally set December 18, 1998 by STEVE McCARTHY at RED DEER...KOOTENAY has scored on six of their last seven power-play opportunities.

STREAKS: JAEDON DESCHENEAU has recorded points in each of his last seven games (4-8-12)...LUKE PHILP (4-7-11) and SAM REINHART (2-7-9) are both riding five-game point streaks...AUSTIN VETTERL has tallied points in each of his last four games (1-4-5).

INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup three to five months with an upper body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 61 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 35-22-2-2, after 62 games 35-23-2-2 and after 63 games 36-23-2-2.

DRAFTED PLAYERS: SAM REINHART - Buffalo Sabres (1st Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TIM BOZON - Montreal Canadiens (3rd Round, 2012 NHL Draft), RINAT VALIEV - Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Round, 2014 NHL Draft), JAEDON DESCHENEAU - St. Louis Blues (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TANNER FAITH – Minnesota Wild (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft).

Swift Current 7 Kootenay 6 SO

From Chris Wahl ... http://www.kootenayice.net/article/wild-third-period-pushes-broncos-past-ice
Jake DeBrusk's shootout winner capped a wild comeback as the Swift Current Broncos stunned the Kootenay ICE 7-6 in Swift Current Tuesday.

The Broncos overcame a three-goal third period deficit to win, while Kootenay claimed a single point thanks in part to a four-point effort from Luke Philp and two-goal performance from Tim Bozon.

The ICE, beginning a stretch of four games in five nights Tuesday, stormed out of the gate scoring twice in the first 3:07. Philp and Bozon gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Tanner LeSann replied for Swift Current moments later.

Kootenay restored a two-goal advantage at the nine-minute mark thanks to Jaedon Descheneau's team-leading 28th goal of the season and took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission.

The ICE extended their lead to 5-2 after 40 minutes. After Broncos veteran Coda Gordon and Bozon exchanged goals, Kootenay found a late power-play marker on a point blast from Tanner Lishchynsky in the final minute of the second period. The goal was Lishchynsky's first as a member of the ICE.

Gordon scored again for Swift Current 5:02 into the third period, and the Broncos continued to press before goals 2:20 apart from DeBrusk and blueliner Ayrton Nikkel tied the game at 5-5 with 3:37 remaining in regulation time.

Kootenay went up 6-5 moments later through Levi Cable, but again the Broncos found an equalizer when captain Colby Cave deflected home a point shot with 1:25 remaining in regulation time.

After a scoreless overtime frame, the two sides went until the fourth round of shootout action before DeBrusk put the hosts ahead 1-0. The ICE fate was sealed seconds later when Sam Reinhart's shootout attempt struck the crossbar behind Swift Current relief netminder Travis Child.

Reinhart finished with three assists, while fellow forward Jon Martin chipped in with two helpers.

The Kootenay power-play scored on its only opportunity and has now capitalized on six of the last seven opportunities.

ICE goaltender Wyatt Hoflin made 31 saves. Child stopped 14 shots after Broncos starter Landon Bow surrendered four goals on 18 shots.

UP NEXT: the ICE continue their East Division swing in Regina Wednesday. Game time is 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 31-27-1-1 record (19-12-1-0 at home, 12-15-0-1 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 1-1 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY will continue a stretch of five consecutive away games February 25 at REGINA.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 24 players (two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of three 1994-born players, 11 1995-born players, three 1996-born players, five 1997-born players, and two 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has seven first-year players on its roster.

DID YOU KNOW: Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU leads the ICE in road scoring with 33 points (12-21-33)...Forward LUKE PHILP is ranked second with 29 points (14-15-29)...KOOTENAY holds a 35-30-5-2 lifetime record versus SWIFT CURRENT (22-12-2-1 at home, 13-19-3-1 on the road, 5-6-2 in overtime)...Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting this season between the ICE and BRONCOS with KOOTENAY holding a 2-1-0-0 record in the season series... Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN has been named the WHL nominee for the VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK for the week ending February 22...In three wins, HOFLIN posted a 1.00 goals-against average and .968 save percentage including a 29-save shutout February 21 at SPOKANE...HOFLIN, who is two appearances shy of 100 career games played, surpassed 5,000 career minutes played February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...Forward SAM REINHART became the first ICE player to reach 300 career points February 20 versus EDMONTON...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU played in his 250th career game February 20 against the OIL KINGS... Defenseman TANNER LISHCHYNSKY appeared in his 100th career game February 20 versus EDMONTON...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH made his 100th appearance in a KOOTENAY uniform February 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward MATT ALFARO matched a career high with three points (two goals, one assist) February 17 against the HURRICANES...ALFARO also recorded his first career power play goal February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...The ICE matched a franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a period away from home (TIM BOZON, 0:08 third period) February 17 against the HURRICANES...The record was originally set December 18, 1998 by STEVE McCARTHY at RED DEER...BOZON is two appearances away from 250 career games played...KOOTENAY has scored on five of their last six power-play opportunities...The ICE are the only WHL team with four players at 25 or more goals this season (TIM BOZON, LEVI CABLE, JAEDON DESCHENEAU, LUKE PHILP).

STREAKS: JAEDON DESCHENEAU has recorded points in each of his last six games (3-8-11)...LUKE PHILP is riding a four-game point streak (3-4-7)...AUSTIN VETTERL has tallied points in each of his last three games (1-3-4).

INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup three to five months with an upper body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 60 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 34-22-2-2, after 61 games 35-22-2-2 and after 62 games 35-23-2-2.

DRAFTED PLAYERS: SAM REINHART - Buffalo Sabres (1st Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TIM BOZON - Montreal Canadiens (3rd Round, 2012 NHL Draft), RINAT VALIEV - Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Round, 2014 NHL Draft), JAEDON DESCHENEAU - St. Louis Blues (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TANNER FAITH – Minnesota Wild (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft).

Monday, February 23, 2015

ICE Weekly Report

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week's action with a 31-27-1-1 record (19-12-1-0 at home, 12-15-0-1 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 1-1 in shootouts) and in fourth place in the CENTRAL DIVISION and seventh place in the new playoff wildcard standings...KOOTENAY, winners of three consecutive games, will play the next four contests away from home beginning February 24 at SWIFT CURRENT.

PLAYOFF PACKAGES AVAILABLE: 2015 playoff packages are now available for purchase at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE...Six-game ticket packages are $120.00 for Adults, $96.00 for Seniors, $84.00 for Students, and $66.00 for Youth…For more information on playoff packages, phone 250-417-0322.

JERSEY OFF THE BACK NIGHT: The 2015 JERSEY OFF THE BACK NIGHT will take place March 6 when the ICE host the RED DEER REBELS...Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to bid on the blue alternate game-worn jerseys...The winning bidder of each jersey will get to meet their player after the game and will receive their jersey at the conclusion of the playoffs...All proceeds will go the KOOTENAY ICE EDUCATION FUND.

DID YOU KNOW: Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN has been named the WHL nominee for the VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK for the week ending February 22...In three wins, HOFLIN posted a 1.00 goals-against average and .968 save percentage including a 29-save shutout February 21 at SPOKANE...HOFLIN, who is two appearances shy of 100 career games played, surpassed 5,000 career minutes played February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...Forward SAM REINHART became the first ICE player to reach 300 career points February 20 versus EDMONTON...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU played in his 250th career game February 20 against the OIL KINGS... Defenseman TANNER LISHCHYNSKY appeared in his 100th career game February 20 versus EDMONTON...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH made his 100th appearance in a KOOTENAY uniform February 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward MATT ALFARO matched a career high with three points (two goals, one assist) February 17 against the HURRICANES...ALFARO also recorded his first career power play goal February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...The ICE matched a franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a period away from home (TIM BOZON, 0:08 third period) February 17 against the HURRICANES...The record was originally set December 18, 1998 by STEVE McCARTHY at RED DEER...BOZON is two appearances away from 250 career games played...KOOTENAY has scored on five of their last six power-play opportunities...Former ICE goaltender MACKENZIE SKAPSKI (NEW YORK RANGERS) earned his first career NHL victory (24 saves) in his first career start February 20 at BUFFALO.

STREAKS: JAEDON DESCHENEAU has recorded points in each of his last six games (3-8-11)...LUKE PHILP is riding a four-game point streak (3-4-7)...AUSTIN VETTERL has tallied points in each of his last three games (1-3-4).

INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup three to five months with an upper body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 60 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 34-22-2-2, after 61 games 35-22-2-2 and after 62 games 35-23-2-2.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday, February 24 ICE at Swift Current 6:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Wednesday, February 25 ICE at Regina 6:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Friday, February 27 ICE at Brandon 6:30 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday, February 28 ICE at Brandon 6:30 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)


WEEK IN REVIEW:
Tuesday, February 17 – Kootenay 5 at Lethbridge 2 – Record 29-27-1-1 – Attendance: 2,603
Goals:
1 - Vetterl (10) from Cable and Murray
2 - Alfaro (8) from Bozon and Zborosky
3 - Bozon (26) from Descheneau and Reinhart (PP)
4 - Murray (3) from King and Alfaro
5 - Alfaro (9) from Philp and Descheneau (PP)
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (17 Saves, 2 GA)

Friday, February 20 – Kootenay 4 vs. Edmonton 1 – Record 30-27-1-1 – Attendance: 3,224
Goals:
1 - Cable (25) from Descheneau and Alfaro (PP)
2 - Reinhart (14) from Philp and Valiev (PP)
3 - Philp (24) from Vetterl and Valiev
4 - Reinhart (15) from Valiev (SH / EN)
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (46 Saves, 1 GA)

Saturday, February 21 – Kootenay 5 at Spokane 0 – Record 31-27-1-1 – Attendance: 7,510
Goals:
1 - Martin (7) from Reinhart and Bozon
2 - Philp (25) from Vetterl and Descheneau
3 - Descheneau (26) from Vetterl and Philp
4 - Philp (26) from Valiev and Reinhart (PP)
5 - Descheneau (27) from Chynoweth
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (29 Saves, 0 GA)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Remaining Schedules

After February 24th

Kootenay 11
Home 4 – Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary
Road 7 – Regina, Brandon, Brandon, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Calgary

Calgary 12
Home 3 – Lethbridge, Red Deer, Kootenay
Road 9 – Portland, Everett, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Kootenay

Edmonton 12
Home 6 – Red Deer, Prince Albert, Regina, Calgary, Saskatoon, Red Deer
Road 6 – Lethbridge, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer

Medicine Hat 12
Home 5 – Red Deer, Kootenay, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Saskatoon
Road 7 – Brandon, Regina, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Kootenay, Prince Albert, Saskatoon

Red Deer 13
Home 7 – Prince Albert, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Kootenay, Edmonton
Road 6 – Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Kootenay, Calgary, Edmonton

Remaining Schedules

After February 22nd

Kootenay 12
Home 4 – Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary
Road 8 – Swift Current, Regina, Brandon, Brandon, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Calgary

Calgary 13
Home 3 – Lethbridge, Red Deer, Kootenay
Road 10 – Seattle, Portland, Everett, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Kootenay

Edmonton 12
Home 6 – Red Deer, Prince Albert, Regina, Calgary, Saskatoon, Red Deer
Road 6 – Lethbridge, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer

Medicine Hat 12
Home 5 – Red Deer, Kootenay, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Saskatoon
Road 7 – Brandon, Regina, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Kootenay, Prince Albert, Saskatoon

Red Deer 13
Home 7 – Prince Albert, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Kootenay, Edmonton
Road 6 – Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Kootenay, Calgary, Edmonton

Kootenay 5 Spokane 0

From Chris Wahl ... http://www.kootenayice.net/article/hoflin-ice-blank-chiefs-saturday
Wyatt Hoflin turned aside 29 shots as the Kootenay ICE dispatched the Spokane Chiefs 5-0 Saturday in Spokane.

Hoflin earned his third shutout of the 2014-15 season, while forwards Luke Philp and Jaedon Descheneau led the Kootenay attack with three points each.

ICE forward Jon Martin opened the scoring just shy of the nine-minute mark as he collected a loose puck in the slot on his backhand, beating Spokane netminder Tyson Verhelst from just outside the crease.

Philp added to the Kootenay lead 8:09 into the second period when from the right circle he unleashed a low drive that snuck through Verhelst's pads.

Descheneau put the ICE up 3-0 late in the middle frame, converting on a back-door feed from linemate Austin Vetterl.

Philp and Descheneau both added late third-period goals as Kootenay, despite being outshot 29-24 on the night, handed the Chiefs their sixth shutout loss of the season.

The ICE went 1-1 on the power play and have now capitalized on each of their last five of their last six man-advantage opportunities dating back to February 17th.

Vetterl and Kootenay captain Sam Reinhart each had two assists Saturday.

UP NEXT: the ICE embark on a four-game East Division road trip beginning Tuesday in Swift Current. Game time is 6:00 pm.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Remaining Schedules

After February 21st

Kootenay 12
Home 4 – Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary
Road 8 – Swift Current, Regina, Brandon, Brandon, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Calgary

Calgary 13
Home 3 – Lethbridge, Red Deer, Kootenay
Road 10 – Seattle, Portland, Everett, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince George, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Kootenay

Edmonton 13
Home 7 – Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Prince Albert, Regina, Calgary, Saskatoon, Red Deer
Road 6 – Lethbridge, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer

Medicine Hat 13
Home 5 – Red Deer, Kootenay, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Saskatoon
Road 8 – Edmonton, Brandon, Regina, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Kootenay, Prince Albert, Saskatoon

Red Deer 13
Home 7 – Prince Albert, Lethbridge, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Kootenay, Edmonton
Road 6 – Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Kootenay, Calgary, Edmonton

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 30-27-1-1 record (19-12-1-0 at home, 11-15-0-1 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 1-1 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY will continue a stretch of five consecutive away games February 24 at SWIFT CURRENT.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 24 players (two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of three 1994-born players, 11 1995-born players, three 1996-born players, five 1997-born players, and two 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has seven first-year players on its roster.

DID YOU KNOW: Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU leads the ICE in road scoring with 31 points (10-21-31)...Forward LUKE PHILP is ranked second with 26 points (12-14-26)...KOOTENAY holds a 49-29-7-4 lifetime record versus SPOKANE (28-12-2-2 at home, 21-17-5-2 on the road, 8-9-2 in overtime)...Tonight marks the fifth and final meeting this season between the ICE and CHIEFS with KOOTENAY holding a 3-1-0-0 record in the season series...Tonight also marks the final regular season game for the ICE against WESTERN CONFERENCE competition with KOOTENAY holding an 8-5-0-0 record in inter-conference games…Forward SAM REINHART became the first player in ICE history to record 300 career points February 20 versus EDMONTON...JAEDON DESCHENEAU played in his 250th game February 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward MATT ALFARO matched a career high with three points (two goals, one assist) February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...ALFARO also recorded his first career power play goal February 17 against the HURRICANES...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN surpassed 5,000 career minutes played February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...KOOTENAY matched a franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a period away from home (TIM BOZON, 0:08 third period) February 17 against the HURRICANES...The record was originally set December 18, 1998 by STEVE McCARTHY at RED DEER...BOZON, who has scored 12 goals in his last 13 games, recorded his second hat-trick of 2015 February 15 against the BLADES...Defenseman TANNER LISHCHYNSKY played in his 100th career game February 20 against EDMONTON...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH made his 100th appearance in an ICE uniform February 20 versus the OIL KINGS...Assistant Coach JAY HENDERSON posted a 1-1-0-0 record as acting head coach February 11 and February 13...HENDERSON now holds a career coaching record of 5-5-1-0, having previously acted as head coach from December 13, 2013 - January 4, 2014...KOOTENAY scored five goals in a period for the second time this season February 11 versus the TIGERS (second period).

INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup four to six months with an upper body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 59 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 33-22-2-2, after 60 games 34-22-2-2 and after 61 games 35-22-2-2.

DRAFTED PLAYERS: SAM REINHART - Buffalo Sabres (1st Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TIM BOZON - Montreal Canadiens (3rd Round, 2012 NHL Draft), RINAT VALIEV - Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Round, 2014 NHL Draft), JAEDON DESCHENEAU - St. Louis Blues (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TANNER FAITH – Minnesota Wild (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft).

Kootenay 4 Edmonton 1

From Chris Wahl ... http://www.kootenayice.net/article/reinhart-hits-milestone-in-ice-win

Sam Reinhart scored twice, and Wyatt Hoflin stopped 46 shots as the Kootenay ICE defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-1 on Western Financial Group Pink the Rink night Friday.

Reinhart's goal 7:10 into the third period stood up as the game-winner as the ICE captain became the first player in franchise history to reach 300 career points.

The Oil Kings opened the scoring just shy of the 13-minute mark of the first period through Luke Bertolucci, and held that advantage through much of the first fourty minutes.

Kootenay scored twice on the power play Friday, the first coming with 2:29 left in the second period as Levi Cable tallied his 25th goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1.

Reinhart then gave the home side the lead while the ICE were a man up in the third, collecting a back door pass from Luke Philp before snapping a puck past Edmonton netminder Tristan Jarry from the left wing.

Philp added insurance for Kootenay with 3:45 remaining in regulation time, before Reinhart rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal with two seconds left to play.

The win was the 30th of the season for the ICE and fourth in six tries this season against the Oil Kings.

Kootenay goaltender Hoflin recorded his 29th victory of the campaign, while Jarry made 23 saves for Edmonton.

ICE defenseman Rinat Valiev led all scorers with three assists.

UP NEXT: Kootenay will play its next five games away from home, beginning with a matchup in Spokane Saturday. Game time is 8:05 pm.