Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Calgary 7 Kootenay 2 Game 4

From Chris Wahl ... http://www.kootenayice.net/article/ice-fall-to-hitmen-in-game-four

Connor Rankin scored a hat-trick, while Adam Tambellini finished with four points as the Calgary Hitmen upended the Kootenay ICE 7-2 Wednesday at Western Financial Place.

The loss puts Kootenay down three games to one in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarter-Final, with Game Five set for Calgary on Friday night.

Rankin and defenseman Travis Sanheim put the Hitmen ahead 2-0 10:10 into the game with similar rebound goals, but the ICE found the scoresheet with three and a half minutes remaining in the opening frame when Jaedon Descheneau slapped a slot past Calgary netminder Brendan Burke from the right-wing circle.

The Hitmen extended their lead in period two, firing 16 shots at Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin. A re-directed shot from Rankin put the visitors ahead 3-1 just shy of the four-minute mark before Kenton Helgesen wrapped a puck around the net following a turnover 1:28 later.

Rankin completed his hat-trick at 12:56 with a snap shot from the left circle.

The ICE cut their deficit to 5-2 before the midpoint of period three when Tyler King blasted a slapshot through traffic and past Burke.

Calgary sealed their third win of the series with a pair of goals inside the final four minutes. Tambellini slotted home an empty-net marker before Helgesen added a seventh Hitmen goal 35 seconds laters after a turnover the Kootenay zone.

Burke made 28 saves to record the victory for Calgary, while Hoflin stopped 33 shots for the ICE.

UP NEXT: Game Five is set for Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. Game time is 7:00 pm.

ICE Media Game Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 1-2 record (0-1 at home, 1-1 on the road, 0-2 in overtime) after two games of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL against the CALGARY HITMEN...KOOTENAY clinched a playoff berth for the 17th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the WHL...The ICE completed the regular season with a .500 or better record for a WHL record 16th straight year.

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.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: KOOTENAY holds a career playoff record of 94-75 (50-32 at home, 44-43 on the road, 24-14 in overtime)...The ICE have played in 31 playoff series in franchise history and hold an 18-13 career record...SAM REINHART (32), JAEDON DESCHENEAU (25) and LUKE PHILP (24) lead KOOTENAY in career playoff games played...REINHART leads the ICE in career playoff scoring with 30 points (10-20-30)...DESCHENEAU is second with 25 points (12-13-25)...KOOTENAY is facing CALGARY in the post-season for the fifth time in franchise history (2-2 career playoff series record)...The last playoff meeting between the ICE and HITMEN was the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL won by KOOTENAY in six games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL: Game Five of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL will take place at CALGARY on Friday, April 3.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY posted a 3-4-0-0 record versus CALGARY during the 2014-15 regular season (2-2-0-0 at home, 1-2-0-0 on the road, 1-0 in overtime)...LUKE PHILP led the ICE in scoring versus the HITMEN during the regular season with 11 points (6-5-11)...LEVI CABLE (6-2-8) and TIM BOZON (2-6-8) were second with eight points...WYATT HOFLIN was named the VAUGHN HOCKEY WHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH for March on March 23...HOFLIN, who set a franchise record for games played by a goaltender in one season with 67, led all WHL netminders in minutes played during the regular season with 3,848, finishing second in the League in wins (36) and saves (1,837)...RINAT VALIEV and SAM REINHART were both named to the WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM March 25...LUKE PHILP finished 15th in WHL regular season scoring with a career-high 82 points (30-52-82)...ZAK ZBOROSKY and TANNER LISHCHYNSKY both recorded their first career playoff points (both assists) March 27 at CALGARY…JAEDON DESCHENEAU scored his fifth career playoff game-winning goal March 27 versus the HITMEN…Four of the five career playoff game-winning goals scored by DESCHENEAU have come against CALGARY...TIM BOZON matched a franchise record by recording six points in one playoff game March 31 versus the HITMEN (2-4-6)...BOZON shares the record with DESCHENEAU, who put up six points March 24, 2014 against CALGARY (1-5-6)...KOOTENAY set a new franchise record for most goals in a playoff game between both teams (15) March 31 versus the HITMEN...The previous record of 13 was first set March 29, 2003 at KAMLOOPS (ICE 6 at BLAZERS 7) before being matched March 24, 2014 against CALGARY (ICE 6 vs. HITMEN 7 OT).

ONE YEAR AGO: After Game Three of the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL the ICE were 1-2, after Game Four were 2-2, and after Game Five were 3-2 against the CALGARY HITMEN.

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).

TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS: The Referees for tonight’s game are NATHAN WIELER and MIKE CAMPBELL...The Linesmen are JEREMI DEL CAMPO and TREVOR SHIVELY.

Calgary 8 Kootenay 7 OT Game 3

From Chris Wahl ... http://www.kootenayice.net/article/hitmen-claim-ot-win-in-wild-game-three

Adam Tambellini scored 1:12 into overtime to lift the Calgary Hitmen past the Kootenay ICE 8-7 in a wild Game Three Tuesday at Western Financial Place.

ICE forward Tim Bozon matched a franchise record for points in a playoff game with six points, while Rinat Valiev forced extra time with a goal four seconds from the end of the third period.

Kootenay opened the scoring 2:13 into the first period when Sam Reinhart rifled a shot over the shoulder of Calgary netminder Mack Shields from the left circle. His goal was cancelled out less than three minutes later by Chase Lang after the Hitmen winger pounced on a rebound in front of the ICE net, lifting a backhand shot over the pad of Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin.

Bozon and Calgary import Pavel Karnaukhov traded goals before the game was eleven minutes old before Tambellini rounded out a busy first period with a power-play marker at 17:18.

Lang added a second goal to give the Hitmen a 4-3 lead 7:44 into period two, banking a shot in off a leg from an acute angle to Hoflin's right.

The ICE narrowed the gap to 4-3 through Reinhart 1:14 later, but the visitors would reclaim a two-goal advantage with seven minutes left in the middle stanza when defenseman Travis Sanheim outwaited Hoflin after breezing into the Kootenay zone shortly after an ICE power-play.

Kootenay levelled the score at 5-5 before the end of period two on goals from Bozon and Valiev, then took the lead 2:12 into the third period when Matt Alfaro banked a shot off the pad of Calgary replacement netminder Brendan Burke from the goalline.

The see-saw affair continued thanks to two goals from the Hitmen courtesy Tambellini and forward Taylor Sanheim, the latter of which put the visitors ahead 7-6 with 6:41 to play.

The ICE again found an equalizer, forcing overtime on a one-timer from Valiev with four seconds left in regulation time. The Russian blueliner accepted a pass at the right circle from Luke Philp, slapping the puck past a screened Burke for his second goal of the game.

Tambellini, for the second consecutive game, ended the contest in overtime, slipping a shot from the right wing through traffic and past Hoflin 72 seconds into extra time, giving Calgary a 2-1 series lead.

Bozon led all scorers with six points (two goals, four assists), becoming the second ICE player to record six points in one game. Jaedon Descheneau accomplished the feat March 24, 2014 against the Hitmen.

Travis Sanheim led the Hitmen with a goal and four assists.

UP NEXT: Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final goes Wednesday, April 1st at Western Financial Place. Game time is 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 1-1 record (0-0 at home, 1-1 on the road, 0-1 in overtime) after two games of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL against the CALGARY HITMEN...KOOTENAY clinched a playoff berth for the 17th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the WHL...The ICE completed the regular season with a .500 or better record for a WHL record 16th straight year.

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.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: KOOTENAY holds a career playoff record of 94-74 (50-31 at home, 44-43 on the road, 24-13 in overtime)...The ICE have played in 31 playoff series in franchise history and hold an 18-13 career record...SAM REINHART (31), JAEDON DESCHENEAU (24) and LUKE PHILP (23) lead KOOTENAY in career playoff games played...REINHART leads the ICE in career playoff scoring with 27 points (8-19-27)...DESCHENEAU is second with 24 points (12-12-24)...KOOTENAY is facing CALGARY in the post-season for the fifth time in franchise history (2-2 career playoff series record)...The last playoff meeting between the ICE and HITMEN was the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL won by KOOTENAY in six games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL: Game Four of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL versus CALGARY will be played in CRANBROOK on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm...Single-game tickets are on sale at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE or by phone at 250-417-0322...Game Five will take place at CALGARY on Friday, April 3.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY posted a 3-4-0-0 record versus CALGARY during the 2014-15 regular season (2-2-0-0 at home, 1-2-0-0 on the road, 1-0 in overtime)...LUKE PHILP led the ICE in scoring versus the HITMEN during the regular season with 11 points (6-5-11)...LEVI CABLE (6-2-8) and TIM BOZON (2-6-8) were second with eight points...WYATT HOFLIN was named the VAUGHN HOCKEY WHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH for March on March 23...HOFLIN, who set a franchise record for games played by a goaltender in one season with 67, led all WHL netminders in minutes played during the regular season with 3,848, finishing second in the League in wins (36) and saves (1,837)...RINAT VALIEV and SAM REINHART were both named to the WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM March 25...LUKE PHILP finished 15th in WHL regular season scoring with a career-high 82 points (30-52-82)...ZAK ZBOROSKY and TANNER LISHCHYNSKY both recorded their first career playoff points (both assists) March 27 at CALGARY…JAEDON DESCHENEAU scored his fifth career playoff game-winning goal March 27 versus the HITMEN…Four of the five career playoff game-winning goals scored by DESCHENEAU have come against CALGARY.

ONE YEAR AGO: After Game Two of the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL the ICE were 1-1, after Game Three were 1-2, and after Game Four were 2-2 against the CALGARY HITMEN.

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).

TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS: The Referees for tonight’s game are FRASER LAWRENCE and DEREK ZALASKI...The Linesmen are MIKE ROBERTS and SCOTT SHARUN.

Monday, March 30, 2015

ICE Weekly Report

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week's action with a 1-1 record (0-0 at home, 1-1 on the road, 0-1 in overtime) after two games of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL against the CALGARY HITMEN...KOOTENAY finished the 2014-15 regular season with a 37-31-1-3 record (21-13-1-1 at home, 16-18-0-2 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 3-3 in shootouts) and in fourth place in the CENTRAL DIVISION and seventh place in the new playoff wildcard standings...The ICE clinched a playoff berth for the 17th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the WHL...KOOTENAY completed the regular season with a .500 or better record for a WHL record 16th straight year.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: KOOTENAY has a career playoff record of 94-74 (50-31 at home, 44-43 on the road, 24-13 in overtime)...The ICE have played in 31 playoff series in franchise history and hold an 18-13 career record...SAM REINHART (31), JAEDON DESCHENEAU (24) and LUKE PHILP (23) lead KOOTENAY in career playoff games played...REINHART leads the ICE in career playoff scoring with 27 points (8-19-27)...DESCHENEAU is second with 24 points (12-12-24)...KOOTENAY is facing CALGARY in the post-season for the fifth time in franchise history (2-2 career playoff series record)...The last playoff meeting between the ICE and HITMEN was the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL won by KOOTENAY in six games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL: Games Three (March 31 at 7:00 pm) and Four (April 1 at 7:00 pm) of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL versus CALGARY will be played in...Single game tickets are on sale at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE or by phone at 250-417-0322...Game Five will be played on the road April 3 at 7:00 pm.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY posted a 3-4-0-0 record versus CALGARY during the 2014-15 regular season (2-2-0-0 at home, 1-2-0-0 on the road, 1-0 in overtime)...LUKE PHILP led the ICE in scoring versus the HITMEN during the regular season with 11 points (6-5-11)...LEVI CABLE (6-2-8) and TIM BOZON (2-6-8) were second with eight points...WYATT HOFLIN was named the VAUGHN HOCKEY WHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH for March on March 23...HOFLIN, who set a franchise record for games played by a goaltender in one season with 67, led all WHL netminders in minutes played during the regular season with 3,848, finishing second in the League in wins (36) and saves (1,837)...RINAT VALIEV and SAM REINHART were both named to the WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM March 25...LUKE PHILP finished 15th in WHL regular season scoring with a career-high 82 points (30-52-82)...ZAK ZBOROSKY and TANNER LISHCHYNSKY both recorded their first career playoff points (both assists) March 27 at CALGARY…JAEDON DESCHENEAU scored his fifth career playoff game-winning goal March 27 versus the HITMEN…Four of the five career playoff game-winning goals scored by DESCHENEAU have come against CALGARY.

ONE YEAR AGO: After Game Two of the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL the ICE were 1-1, after Game Three were 1-2 and after Game Four were 2-2 versus the CALGARY HITMEN.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday, March 31 ICE vs. Calgary 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Wednesday, April 1 ICE vs. Calgary 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Thursday, April 2 to be determined
Friday, April 3 ICE at Calgary 7:00 pm (SHAW TV, 102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday, April 4 ICE vs. Calgary** 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
** - if necessary


WEEK IN REVIEW:
Friday, March 27 – Kootenay 4 at Calgary 3 – Record 1-0 – Attendance: 8,256
Goals:
1 - Philp (1) from Descheneau and Cable
2 - King (1) from Philp and Zborosky (PP)
3 - Philp (2) from Alfaro and Vetterl
4 - Descheneau (1) from Vetterl and Lishchynsky (SH)
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (29 Saves, 3 GA)

Sunday, March 29 – Kootenay 2 at Calgary 3 (OT) – Record 1-1 – Attendance: 8,560
Goals:
1 - Reinhart (1) from Valiev and Martin (PP)
2 - Descheneau (2) from Martin and Lishchynsky
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (30 Saves, 3 GA)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Calgary 3 Kootenay 2 OT Game 2

From Chris Wahl ...
Adam Tambellini's goal 16:36 into overtime completed a 3-2 comeback victory for the Calgary Hitmen over the Kootenay ICE Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The best of seven Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series is now tied at a game apiece with Games Three and Four set for Cranbrook Tuesday and Wednesday.

The game remained scoreless until the nine-minute mark of the second period, when on a Calgary power-play Hitmen forward Pavel Karnaukhov capitalized on a rebound in front of ICE netminder Wyatt Hoflin.

Kootenay would take the lead before the intermission on a pair of late goals, however. Captain Sam Reinhart re-directed a Rinat Valiev point shot home for his first goal of the playoffs at 17:51 before Jaedon Descheneau gave the ICE a 2-1 advantage with 24 seconds remaining in the frame with a sharp snap shot.

The Hitmen equalized on another power-play opportunity with 9:29 left in regulation time with Karnaukhov tallying his second goal of the game to force overtime.

Both sides enjoyed chances in overtime, as Kootenay fired 11 shots at Calgary goaltender Mack Shields. Tambellini scored the decisive goal on the Hitmen's sixth shot of extra time, snapping a puck past Hoflin from the faceoff circle.

Hoflin made 30 saves Sunday, including 12 in the third period as Calgary pressed for a regulation-time winner.

Shields, who came on in relief of Brendan Burke at the start of the third period, stopped all 19 shots he faced. Burke made 18 saves before being replaced.

The Hitmen went 2-2 on the power-play, while the ICE were 1-2.

Jon Martin had two assists for Kootenay.

UP NEXT: the series shifts to Western Financial Place for Games Three and Four Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games start at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the Kootenay ICE office inside Western Financial Place or via phone at (250) 417-0322.

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 1-0 record (0-0 at home, 1-0 on the road, 0-0 in overtime) after one game of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL against the CALGARY HITMEN...KOOTENAY clinched a playoff berth for the 17th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the WHL...The ICE completed the regular season with a .500 or better record for a WHL record 16th straight year...KOOTENAY is facing the CALGARY HITMEN in the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL.

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.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: KOOTENAY holds a career playoff record of 94-73 (50-31 at home, 44-42 on the road, 24-12 in overtime)...The ICE have played in 31 playoff series in franchise history and hold an 18-13 career record...SAM REINHART (30), JAEDON DESCHENEAU (23) and LUKE PHILP (22) lead KOOTENAY in career playoff games played...REINHART leads the ICE in career playoff scoring with 26 points (7-19-26)...DESCHENEAU is second with 23 points (11-12-23)...KOOTENAY is facing CALGARY in the post-season for the fifth time in franchise history (2-2 career playoff series record)...The last playoff meeting between the ICE and HITMEN was the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL won by KOOTENAY in six games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL: Games Three and Four of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL versus CALGARY will be played in CRANBROOK on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1...Both home games will start at 7:00 pm...Single-game tickets are now on sale at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE or by phone at 250-417-0322.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY posted a 3-4-0-0 record versus CALGARY during the 2014-15 regular season (2-2-0-0 at home, 1-2-0-0 on the road, 1-0 in overtime)...LUKE PHILP led the ICE in scoring versus the HITMEN during the regular season with 11 points (6-5-11)...LEVI CABLE (6-2-8) and TIM BOZON (2-6-8) were second with eight points...WYATT HOFLIN was named the VAUGHN HOCKEY WHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH for March on March 23...HOFLIN, who set a franchise record for games played by a goaltender in one season with 67, led all WHL netminders in minutes played during the regular season with 3,848, finishing second in the League in wins (36) and saves (1,837)...RINAT VALIEV and SAM REINHART were both named to the WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM March 25...LUKE PHILP finished 15th in WHL regular season scoring with a career-high 82 points (30-52-82)...ZAK ZBOROSKY and TANNER LISHCHYNSKY both recorded their first career playoff points (both assists) March 27 at CALGARY…JAEDON DESCHENEAU scored his fifth career playoff game-winning goal March 27 versus the HITMEN…Four of the five career playoff game-winning goals scored by DESCHENEAU have come against CALGARY.

ONE YEAR AGO: After Game One of the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL the ICE were 1-0, and after Game Two were 1-1 against the CALGARY HITMEN.

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).

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kootenay 4 Calgary 3 Game 1

From Chris Wahl ... http://www.kootenayice.net/article/ice-defeat-hitmen-in-playoff-opener
Luke Philp scored twice, and Jaedon Descheneau's short-handed marker midway through the third period proved decisive as the Kootenay ICE defeated the Calgary Hitmen 4-3 Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome.

Philp led all scorers with three points as the ICE claimed a 1-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference Quarter-Final.

Kootenay opened the scoring 7:14 into the game when, after a turnover in the neutral zone, Philp put home Descheneau's rebound in front of Calgary netminder Brendan Burke.

Defenseman Tyler King extended the ICE lead seven minutes later with a hard point shot on a Kootenay power-play.

The Hitmen found the scoreboard before the first period expired on a man-advantage of their own through rookie blueliner Jake Bean. Calgary then tied the game 2-2 at the 4:23 mark of period two when Kenton Helgesen finished a rush by linemate Radel Fazleev, back-handing a shot past ICE goaltender Wyatt Hoflin.

Philp restored the Kootenay lead late in period two, converting on a one-timer after being set up from behind the Hitmen goal by Matt Alfaro.

Calgary outshot the ICE 11-5 in the third period, but Kootenay extended its lead to 4-2 at 9:57 on a short-handed odd-man rush. Forward Austin Vetterl fed Descheneau, who one-timed his first goal of the playoffs past Burke.

Connor Rankin cut the ICE lead to 4-3 with 6:53 to play, but Hoflin turned aside every shot he faced thereafter to preserve the Kootenay victory.

Hoflin made 29 saves Friday, while Burke stopped 27 shots.

Kootenay went 1-3 on the power-play, while Calgary was 1-4.

Descheneau's goal was his fifth career playoff game-winning goal, and fourth against the Hitmen.

Vetterl chipped in with two assists for the ICE.

UP NEXT: the ICE and Hitmen play Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final Sunday in Calgary. Game time is 4:00 pm. Games Three and Four will take place at Western Financial Place Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1.

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE finished the 2014-15 regular season with a 37-31-1-3 record (21-13-1-1 at home, 16-18-0-2 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 3-3 in shootouts) and in fourth place in the CENTRAL DIVISION and seventh place in the new playoff wildcard standings...KOOTENAY clinched a playoff berth for the 17th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the WHL...The ICE completed the regular season with a .500 or better record for a WHL record 16th straight year...KOOTENAY will face the CALGARY HITMEN in the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL.

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.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: KOOTENAY holds a career playoff record of 93-73 (50-31 at home, 43-42 on the road, 24-12 in overtime)...The ICE have played in 31 playoff series in franchise history and hold an 18-13 career record...SAM REINHART (29), JAEDON DESCHENEAU (22) and LUKE PHILP (21) lead KOOTENAY in career playoff games played...REINHART leads the ICE in career playoff scoring with 26 points (7-19-26)...DESCHENEAU is second with 21 points (10-11-21)...KOOTENAY will face CALGARY in the post-season for the fifth time in franchise history (2-2 career playoff series record)...The last playoff meeting between the ICE and HITMEN was the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL won by KOOTENAY in six games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL: Game Two (March 29 at 4:00 pm) of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL versus CALGARY will be played on the road...Games Three and Four will played in CRANBROOK on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1...Both home games will start at 7:00 pm...Single-game tickets are now on sale at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE or by phone at 250-417-0322.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY posted a 3-4-0-0 record versus CALGARY during the 2014-15 regular season (2-2-0-0 at home, 1-2-0-0 on the road, 1-0 in overtime)...LUKE PHILP led the ICE in scoring versus the HITMEN during the regular season with 11 points (6-5-11)...LEVI CABLE (6-2-8) and TIM BOZON (2-6-8) were second with eight points...WYATT HOFLIN was named the VAUGHN HOCKEY WHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH for March on March 23...HOFLIN, who set a franchise record for games played by a goaltender in one season with 67, led all WHL netminders in minutes played during the regular season with 3,848, finishing second in the League in wins (36) and saves (1,837)...RINAT VALIEV and SAM REINHART were both named to the WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM March 25...REINHART appeared in his 250th career regular season game March 22 at CALGARY...LUKE PHILP finished 15th in WHL regular season scoring with a career-high 82 points (30-52-82)...TYLER KING made his 100th regular season appearance in a KOOTENAY uniform March 22 against the HITMEN.

ONE YEAR AGO: After Game One of the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL the ICE were 1-0 against the CALGARY HITMEN.

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, March 26, 2015

Robison Addresses Kootenay Ice Attendance Issues

http://thedrivefm.ca/robison-addresses-kootenay-ice-attendance-issues/
WHL Commissioner, Ron Robison was recently quoted in a Saskatoon newspaper as saying, “We’re monitoring the Kootenay situation very closely.”

The Ice and The Drive have a new three year broadcast agreement in place however; Kootenay’s attendance is second worst in the league to only Swift Current.

Robison says the average attendance at Kootenay Ice games is a little better than 2,200 a game and that’s very concerning.

“We monitor all of our franchises, particularly those who aren’t meeting expectations as far as attendance and revenues are concerned,” says Robison. “One of the franchises we’re very concerned about is the Kootenay Ice, this has been a trend for several seasons now and attendance is at levels that not only concern us but, concern ownership.”

Robison continues, “When we’re looking at the Kootenay Ice, we’re in an area where, quite frankly, it’s going to require more support locally in order for that franchise to remain. The numbers we’re currently seeing, 2,200 average attendance is not close to what we need to make that franchise work in the future.”

However, contrary to some rumours swirling around the Western Hockey League, Robison says the league isn’t looking to relocate the Ice franchise but, attendance needs to improve in the short term.

“We need to assess it as to whether it’s going to be viable beyond next season, that’s not to say we want to move the franchise or feel at this point that that’s part of the plan,” says Robison. “That’s not the case at all, we want to see this franchise improve, its had a great history of success in the Kootenay market and we want that to continue but, in order for that to happen we need the attendance to improve significantly.”

On a positive note, Kootenay has made the playoffs for 17 consecutive years, have two Eastern Conference second team all-stars in Sam Reinhart and Rinat Valiev and face their number one rival, the Calgary Hitmen in the first round of the WHL playoffs, starting on March 27.

Kootenay has won three Western Hockey League titles (2011, 2002, 2000) and a Memorial Cup championship in 2002.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Reinhart and Valiev East 2nd Team All-Stars

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Western Conference – Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane, WA), Spokane Chiefs

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy
Eastern Conference – Tristan Jarry (Delta, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings
Western Conference – Taran Kozun (Nipawin, SK), Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Ivan Provorov (Yaroslavl, Russia), Brandon Wheat Kings
Western Conference – Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, BC), Seattle Thunderbirds

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy
Eastern Conference – Peter Quenneville (Edmonton, AB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Western Conference – Rourke Chartier (Saskatoon, SK), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Nick McBride (Maple Ridge, BC), Prince Albert Raiders
Western Conference – Joe Gatenby (Kelowna, BC), Kelowna Rockets

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – John Paddock, Regina Pats
Western Conference – Dan Lambert, Kelowna Rockets

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Kelly McCrimmon, Brandon Wheat Kings
Western Conference – Bruce Hamilton, Kelowna Rockets

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Brandon Wheat Kings: 72 GP - 53 W – 11 L – 4 OTL – 4 SL – 114 PTS

WHL Top Scorer (Bob Clarke Trophy) / Plus-Minus Award
Oliver Bjorkstrand (Herning, Denmark), Portland Winterhawks
59 GP – 63 G – 55 A – 118 PTS - +60 – 35 PIM

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Tristan Jarry (Delta, BC), Edmonton Oil Kings
Defenceman – Ivan Provorov (Yaroslavl, Russia), Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman – Travis Sanheim (Elkhorn, MB), Calgary Hitmen
Forward – Trevor Cox (Surrey, BC), Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward – Tim McGauley (Wilcox, SK), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Brayden Point (Calgary, AB), Moose Jaw Warriors

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Jordan Papirny (Edmonton, AB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Defenceman – Rinat Valiev (Nizhnekamsk, Russia), Kootenay ICE
Defenceman – Colby Williams (Regina, SK), Regina Pats
Forward – Cole Sanford (Vernon, BC), Medicine Hat Tigers
Forward – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay ICE
Forward – Adam Tambellini (Edmonton, AB), Calgary Hitmen

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Taran Kozun (Nipawin, SK), Seattle Thunderbirds
Defenceman – Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, BC), Seattle Thunderbirds
Defenceman – Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, MB), Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Oliver Bjorkstrand (Herning, Denmark), Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Cole Ully (Calgary, AB), Kamloops Blazers
Forward – Rourke Chartier (Saskatoon, SK), Kelowna Rockets

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Eric Comrie (Edmonton, AB), Tri-City Americans
Defenceman – Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, BC), Victoria Royals
Defenceman – Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB), Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Nic Petan (Delta, BC), Portland Winterhawks
Forward – Nick Merkley (Calgary, AB), Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Adam Helewka (Burnaby, BC), Spokane Chiefs

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

ICE On The Drive

Cranbrook, BC -- The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club and The Drive 102.9 FM announced today they have agreed upon a new three-year broadcasting agreement. The new agreement will cover the 2015-16 through 2017-18 WHL seasons.

The agreement will continue with the same format as the past 15 years with all 72 regular season and playoff games being broadcast live. Jeff Hollick will remain as the Play-By-Play Broadcaster of the ICE, a position he has held since the 1999-2000 season. 

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with 102.9 The Drive. Over the past 15 years, the live radio broadcasts on The Drive have enabled our fans to stay connected with the team at home and on the road. We look forward to building on this long-standing relationship with our local radio partner," said ICE General Manager Jeff Chynoweth.

“102.9 The Drive and B-104 are thrilled with the announcement of a continued partnership with the Kootenay ICE. We continue to see the ICE as a cornerstone of the community and are proud to partner with them on and off the ice," said Jason Caven, General Sales Manager of CHDR-FM The Drive.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hoflin Goalie Of The Month

CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that Wyatt Hoflin of the Kootenay ICE has been named the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for March 2015.

A 20-year-old from Spruce Grove, AB, Hoflin posted a record of 4-3-0-1 over eight appearances in March. He recorded a league-best 1.74 goals against average and a .939 save percentage over the span. In six of the games he started, Hoflin held the opposition to two goals or fewer.

Hoflin’s play helped lift the ICE into the first Wild Card position in the 2015 WHL Playoffs. The 6’1”, 178 lb netminder earned two first star honours, one second star selection as well as an additional third star selection in March.

Hoflin is in his third WHL campaign with the Kootenay ICE and has posted a 47-44-1-4 record with three shutouts in 110 career regular season contests.

These accomplishments make Wyatt Hoflin a deserving choice as the VAUGHN WHL Goaltender of the Month for March.

ICE Weekly Report

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE finished the 2014-15 regular season with a 37-31-1-3 record (21-13-1-1 at home, 16-18-0-2 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 3-3 in shootouts) and in fourth place in the CENTRAL DIVISION and seventh place in the new playoff wildcard standings...KOOTENAY clinched a playoff berth for the 17th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the WHL...The ICE completed the regular season with a .500 or better record for a WHL record 16th straight year...KOOTENAY will face the CALGARY HITMEN in the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL beginning March 27.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: KOOTENAY has a career playoff record of 91-73 (48-31 at home, 43-42 on the road, 24-12 in overtime)...The ICE have played in 31 playoff series in franchise history and hold an 18-13 career record...SAM REINHART (29), JAEDON DESCHENEAU (22) and LUKE PHILP (21) lead KOOTENAY in career playoff games played...REINHART leads the ICE in career playoff scoring with 26 points (7-19-26)...DESCHENEAU is second with 21 points (10-11-21)...KOOTENAY will face CALGARY in the post-season for the fifth time in franchise history (2-2 career playoff series record)...The last playoff meeting between the ICE and HITMEN was the 2014 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL won by KOOTENAY in six games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL: Games One (March 27 at 7:00 pm) and Two (March 29 at 4:00 pm) of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL versus CALGARY will be played on the road...Games Three and Four will played in CRANBROOK on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1...Both home games will start at 7:00 pm...Single-game tickets are now on sale at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE or by phone at 250-417-0322.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY posted a 3-4-0-0 record versus CALGARY during the 2014-15 regular season (2-2-0-0 at home, 1-2-0-0 on the road, 1-0 in overtime)...LUKE PHILP led the ICE in scoring versus the HITMEN during the regular season with 11 points (6-5-11)...LEVI CABLE (6-2-8) and TIM BOZON (2-6-8) were second with eight points...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN set a franchise record for games played by a goaltender with 67...The previous record of 65 games played was set by MACKENZIE SKAPSKI during the 2012-13 season...HOFLIN led all WHL goaltenders in minutes played during the regular season with 3,848, finishing second in the League in wins (36) and saves (1,837)...LUKE PHILP finished 15th in WHL scoring with a career-high 82 points (30-52-82)...ZAK ZBOROSKY put up a career high three points March 18 at LETHBRIDGE (2-1-3)...SAM REINHART appeared in his 250th career game March 22 against the HITMEN...TYLER KING made his 100th appearance in a KOOTENAY uniform March 22 at CALGARY.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 72 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 39-28-2-3.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday, March 24 Practice 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Western Financial Place
Wednesday, March 25 Practice 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Western Financial Place
Thursday, March 26 Practice 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Western Financial Place
Friday, March 27 ICE at Calgary 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Sunday, March 29 ICE at Calgary 4:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)

WEEK IN REVIEW:
Wednesday, March 18 – Kootenay 6 at Lethbridge 3 – Record 37-29-1-3 – Attendance: 3,085
Goals:
1 - Zborosky (17) from Descheneau and Alfaro
2 - Descheneau (33) from Reinhart and Philp (PP)
3 - Chynoweth (5) from Zborosky and Reinhart
4 - Zborosky (18) from King and Hoflin
5 - Descheneau (34) from Martin and Hackman
6 - Bozon (34) from Reinhart and King
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (18 Saves, 3 GA)

Friday, March 20 – Kootenay 1 vs. Calgary 2 – Record 37-30-1-3 – Attendance: 2,598
Goals:
1 - Bozon (35) from Reinhart and Philp
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (29 Saves, 2 GA)

Sunday, March 22 – Kootenay 2 at Calgary 3 – Record 37-31-1-3 – Attendance: 14,139
Goals:
1 - Cable (28) from Bozon and Reinhart
2 - Reinhart (19) unassisted
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (25 Saves, 3 GA)

Playoff Match-ups

Calgary vs Kootenay
History – 2014 1st round Kootenay 4-2, 2007 1st round Calgary 4-3, 2000 East Final Kootenay 4-1, 99 1st round Calgary 4-3.
Season – Calgary 4-2-1-0, Kootenay 3-4-0-0.
October 4 in Calgary – Hitmen 6-4
October 24 in Kootenay – Hitmen 9-2
November 14 in Kootenay – ICE 7-6 OT
December 27 in Kootenay – ICE 6-2
December 28 in Calgary – ICE 4-3
Mar 20 in Kootenay – Hitmen 2-1
Mar 22 in Calgary – Hitmen 3-2

Medicine Hat vs Red Deer
History – 2011 2nd round Medicine Hat 4-1, 2007 1st round Medicine Hat 4-3, 2005 Medicine Hat 4-3, 2004 East Final Medicine Hat 4-2, 2003 2nd round Red Deer 4-3.
Season – Medicine Hat 4-2-0-0, Red Deer 2-3-1-0.
October 10 in Red Deer – Tigers 5-1
October 28 in Red Deer – Rebels 4-2
November 18 In Medicine Hat – Tigers 4-2
November 21 in Red Deer – Rebels 4-2
November 28 in Medicine Hat – Tigers 4-3 OT
March 3 in Medicine Hat – Tihers 4-0

Brandon vs Edmonton
History – 2014 2nd round Edmonton 4-1, 2012 2nd round Edmonton 4-0.
Season – Brandon 3-1-0-0, Edmonton 1-2-1-0.
October 13 in Edmonton – Oil Kings 5-2
November 21 in Brandon – Wheat Kings 7-4
November 22 in Brandon – Wheat Kings 5-4 OT
January 13 in Edmonton – Wheat Kings 2-1

Regina vs Swift Current
History - 20081st round Swift Current 4-2, 2007 1st round Regina 4-2, 1993 East Final Swift Current 4-0, 1990 1st round Regina 3-1, 1988 1st round Swift Current 3-1, 1974 East Final Regina 4-2.
Season – Regina 3-5-0-0, Swift Current 5-2-0-1
October 24 in Swift Current – Broncos 3-1
October 25 in Regina – Broncos 2-1
November 1 in Regina – Pats 2-1 SO
December 10 in Swift Current – Broncos 6-4
December 27 in Swift Current – Broncos 5-3
December 28 in Regina – Pats 6-1
February 13 in Regina – Broncos 5-0
March 11 in Swift Current – Pats 4-1

Kelowna vs Tri City
History – 2014 1st round Kelowna 4-1, 2010 2nd round Tri City 4-1, 2009 2nd round Kelowna 4-2, 2004 2nd round Kelowna 4-2, 1996 1st round Tri City 4-2.
Season – Kelowna 3-1-0-0, Tri City 1-3-0-0.
October 18 in Tri City – Americans 5-2
October 22 in Kelowna – Rockets 4-0
November 26 in Tri City – Rockets 4-1
January 14 in Kelowna – Rockets 7-1

Victoria vs Prince George
History - 1st meeting.
Season – Victoria 5-3-0-0, Prince George 3-3-1-1.
November 7 in Prince George – Cougars 3-2
November 8 in Prince George – Royals 6-2
December 27 in Victoria – Cougars 4-3
December 28 in Victoria – Royals 4-0
January 9 in Victoria – Royals 3-2 OT
January 10 in Victoria – Royals 3-2
March 6 in Prince George – Cougars 4-3
Mar 7 in Prince George – Royals 4-3 SO

Everett vs Spokane
History – 2008 1st round Spokane 4-0, 2007 1st round Everett 4-0, 2004 1st round Everett 4-0.
Season – Everett 4-3-0-0, Spokane 3-3-1-0.
October 18 in Spokane – Silvertips 3-2 OT
October 22 in Everett – Chiefs 5-4
November 8 in Everett – Chiefs 6-4
December 3 in Everett – Silvertips 4-2
January 16 in Everett – Silvertips 6-3
February 3 in Spokane – Silvertips 3-2
February 25 in Spokane – Chiefs 3-1
March 22 in Spokane -

Portland vs Seattle
History – 2006 1st round Portland 4-3, 2002 1st round Seattle 4-3, 1998 1st round Portland 4-1, 1995 round robin.
Season – Portland 5-5-0-2, Seattle – 7-4-1-0.
September 19 in Portland – Thunderbirds 4-1
October 3 in Portland – Thunderbirds 4-3 SO
October 11 in Portland – Thunderbirds 3-2 SO
December 13 in Seattle – Winterhawks 2-1
December 27 in Seattle – Thunderbirds 4-3
December 31 in Portland – Thunderbirds 2-1
January 4 in Portland – Winterhawks 4-0
January 24 in Seattle – Winterhawks 4-3 OT
February 6 in Seattle – Thunderbirds 6-3
February 28 in Seattle – Winterhawks 5-2
March 6 in Portland – Winterhawks 7-1
Mar 21 in Seattle – Thunderbirds 6-3

Monthly Records

Kootenay – 8 4-3-0-1 9
Calgary - 9 6-3-0-0 12
Edmonton - 10 6-3-0-1 13
Lethbridge - 10 1-9-0-0 2
Medicine Hat - 9 6-2-1-0 13
Red Deer - 10 6-3-1-0 13

Brandon - 9 7-1-0-1 15
Moose Jaw - 10 6-4-0-0 12
Prince Albert - 11 7-3-0-1 15
Regina - 10 4-4-0-2 10
Saskatoon - 10 1-9-0-0 2
Swift Current - 10 4-6-0-0 8

Kamloops - 9 4-4-1-0 9
Kelowna - 9 5-2-2-0 12
Prince George - 9 5-3-1-0 11
Vancouver - 10 1-8-1-0 3
Victoria - 10 6-4-0-0 12

Everett - 9 6-1-0-2 14
Portland - 10 6-3-0-1 13
Seattle - 10 7-2-0-1 15
Spokane - 11 4-7-0-0 8
Tri City - 9 4-5-0-0 8