Wednesday, December 31, 2008

ICE @ Mac's

9 ICE list players took part in the Mac's Midget Tournament in Calgary. Here are some stats.

Simon Skrudland - Calgary Royals - F - 5 GP 1-9-10 12pm
Michael King - Cariboo - D - 4 GP 1-2-3 4pm
Jordan Bauer - Edmonton SSAC - F - 4 GP 1-1-2 18pm
Brock Montgomery - Moose Jaw - F - 4 GP 2-0-2 4pm
Spencer Mault - Saskatoon Blazers - F - 4 GP 0-1-1 0pm
Bryton Mills - St. Albert - F - 5 GP 1-1-2 2pm
Joey Leach - Tisdale - D - 5 GP 1-3-4 4pm
Dylan Schellenberg - UFA - D - 6 GP 0-4-4 28pm
Adam Rossignol - Valley West - F - 4 GP 0-5-5 2pm

Brandon 3 Kootenay 2

Cranbrook, BC – Brandon Wheat King forward Andrew Clark had 2 goals and 1 assist in a 3-2 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Wednesday night.

Brandon opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 break as Andrew Clark tapped in a pass near the crease.
Clark made it 2-0 on snap shot from the bottom of the right circle.
Then on a power-play Brandon made it 3-0 as Scott Glennie’s attempted pass deflected off the fallen goalie’s legs and dribbled across the goalie line.
ICE goalie Todd Mathews made his 1st start for Kootenay but was replaced at the start of the second by Nathan Lieuwen.
In the 3rd period the ICE got on the board on a power-play defelction from Tylan Stephens.
Andrew Bailey made it 3-2 as he found a loose puck and chipped it in for his 16th.

The ICE will visit Edmonton on Friday and Calgary on Saturday.

Game Summary
Brandon 22-13-2-1 Kootenay 19-15-2-4

1st Period
1. Brandon, Clark 19 (Fehr, Lowry) 3:42
2. Brandon, Clark (2) 20 (Fehr, Lowry) 6:51
3. Brandon, Glennie 20 (Clark, Lowry) 15:08 pp
Penalties – Hurley Ktn (elbowing) 11:59, Robak Bran (slashing) 12:11, Fehr Bran (interference) 12:44, Pacovsky Ktn (interference) 16:02, Ciarelli Bran Fraser Ktn (fighting) 16:03, Bestland Bran Stephens Ktn (fighting) 16:43, Stickland Ktn (tripping) 19:58.
2nd Period
No Scoring.
Penalties – Hurley Ktn (tripping) 6:25, Erb Bran (interference) 15:00.
3rd Period
4. Kootenay, Stephens 13 (Rintoul, McNabb) 8:26 pp
5. Kootenay, Bailey 16 (Stickland, Machacek) 13:51
Penalties – Lewadniuk Bran Barteaux Ktn (fighting) 1:18, Miller Bran (instigator, fighting, misconduct) Frere Ktn (fighting) 6:33, Erb Bran (instigator, fighting, misconduct) Frere Ktn (fighting) 10:28.
Shots on goal by
Brandon - 10 – 13 - 4 = 27
Kootenay – 14 - 8 – 14 = 36
Goal (shots-saves) – Brandon: Andrew Hayes (W 15-7-1-0) Kootenay: Todd Mathews 7 saves on 10 shots (L 3-8-0-1) Lieuwen 17 saves on 17 shots (start second)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Brandon: Kootenay:
Referee – Reagan Vetter
Linesmen – Michael Roberts, Scott Pryor
Attendance – 3,203

U-17 Day 3

ICE forward Drew Czerwonka and Team West beat Slovakia 7-2 to improve to 3-0. The win almost gaurantees them a spot in the semi-finals. Their final round robin game is Friday against USA.
Max Reinhart and Team Pacific have the day off, they'll play Atlantic on Thursday and Ontario on Friday.

ICE @ Mac's

I've noticed 9 ICE players taking part in the Mac's Midget Tournament in Calgary. Here are some stats.

Simon Skrudland - Calgary Royals - F - 5 GP 1-9-10 12pm
Michael King - Cariboo - D - 4 GP 1-2-3 4pm
Jordan Bauer - Edmonton SSAC - F - 4 GP 1-1-2 18pm
Brock Montgomery - Moose Jaw - F - 4 GP 2-0-2 4pm
Spencer Mault - Saskatoon Blazers - F - 4 GP 0-1-1 0pm
Bryton Mills - St. Albert - F - 5 GP 1-1-2 2pm
Joey Leach - Tisdale - D - 4 GP 0-3-3 4pm
Dylan Schellenberg - UFA - D - 5 GP 0-3-3 16pm
Adam Rossignol - Valley West - F - 4 GP 0-5-5 2pm

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

U-17 Day 2

Tuesday at day 2 at the Under-17 Tournament in Port Alberni ICE forward Max Reinhart had an assist for Team Pacific in a 4-1 win over Germany. Drew Czerwonka and Team West doubled Finland 6-3. Both teams are 2-and-0. Today West plays Slovakia and Pacific has the day off.

Heemskerk Traded

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club have traded goaltender Thomas Heemskerk to the Everett Silvertips in exchange for a third round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

ICE @ Mac's

I've noticed 9 ICE players taking part in the Mac's Midget Tournament in Calgary. Here are some stats.

Simon Skrudland - Calgary Royals - F - 3 GP 1-6-7 12pm
Michael King - Cariboo - D - 3 GP 1-1-2 4pm
Jordan Bauer - Edmonton SSAC - F - 4 GP 1-1-2 18pm
Brock Montgomery - Moose Jaw - F - 3 GP 2-0-2 4pm
Spencer Mault - Saskatoon Blazers - F - 3 GP 0-0-0 0pm
Bryton Mills - St. Albert - F - 4 GP 1-1-2 2pm
Joey Leach - Tisdale - D - 3 GP 0-2-2 2pm
Dylan Schellenberg - UFA - 4 GP 0-2-2 4pm
Adam Rossignol - Valley West - F - 3 GP 0-3-3 2pm

U-17 Day 1

The Under-17 Tournament started yesterday in Port Alberni. ICE forward Max Reinhart had a goal in Team Pacific's 6-5 win over Russia. Drew Czerwonla and Team West beat Quebec 4-2. Today West plays Finland and Pacific meets Germany.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Lieuwen Goalie of the Week

The WHL has nominated rookie Nathan Lieuwen of the Kootenay ICE for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Lieuwen posted a 2-0-0-1 record this past week with a shut-out, allowing just three goals on 68 shots for a 0.970 goals-against average and an outstanding .956 save percentage.
Lieuwen currently sits in 13th spot among all WHL goaltenders with a 2.87 goals-against average and was recently named as one of 15 WHL players to participate in the 2009 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game this January in Oshawa, Ontario.

New Year's Eve



For the 7th year in a row the ICE are at home for a game on New Years' Eve. The ICE have won the last 3 games and have an overall record of 4-2-0-0.
02 – vs Calgary W 5-1
03 – vs Calgary L 4-1
04 – vs Prince Albert L 3-2
05 – vs Regina W 4-1
06 – vs Prince Albert W 5-1
07 – vs Lethbridge W 5-2
08 – vs Brandon

ICE Weekly Report

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 19-14-2-4 record (11-5-1-2 at home, 8-9-1-2 on the road, 0-2-4-4 in overtime) and are in third place in the CENTRAL DIVISION and in eighth place in the WHL..This week the ICE will host BRANDON (December 31) before traveling to EDMONTON (January 2) and CALGARY (January 3).

KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE NEW YEARS HOURS:
Tuesday December 30 8:30 am –Noon and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wednesday December 31 8:30 am – End of Game
January 1 to 4 CLOSED
Monday January 5 Regular office hours resume

BEV EVANS / ROXI OSBORNE OF REALTY EXECUTIVES – CRANBROOK AGENCIES NIGHT: When KOOTENAY hosts the BRANDON WHEAT KINGS on Wednesday, December 31 it will be BEV EVANS / ROXI OSBORNE OF REALTY EXECUTIVES – CRANBROOK AGENCIES NIGHT…Fans will have the opportunity to win up to a framed and autographed Rob Niedermayer jersey plus much more.

SUN-RYPE NIGHT: When the ICE hosts the VANCOUVER GIANTS on Friday, January 9 it will be SUN-RYPE Night…Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win SUN-RYPE product.

MAPLE LEAF NIGHT: When KOOTENAY hosts the CALGARY HITMEN on Saturday, January 10 it will be MAPLE LEAF NIGHT…Fans at the game will have a chance to take part in the hot dog shootout, win an autographed ICE jerseys or coupons for MAPLE LEAF PRIME CHICKEN.

ICE / HOME DEPOT BACKYARD RINK CONTEST: From now until January 26 you will have the chance to enter and win a game of shinny with some of the KOOTENAY ICE players and HOME DEPOT staff…To enter you can bring your photo to HOME DEPOT, drop it off at Guest Services during a KOOTENAY ICE home game or email the ICE a photo of your backyard rink along with your phone number…Full contest details are available at www.kootenayice.net under the ‘”In the Community” page.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY is 14th in the WHL in overall power play (18.0%)…The ICE are ninth in the League in overall penalty killing (83.0%)…NATHAN LIEUWEN recorded his third WHL shutout December 17 against MEDICINE HAT (29 saves)…ANDREW BAILEY needs to record five more points to reach 200 WHL career points…JOHN NEGRIN needs to record three more points to reach 100 WHL points…MICHAEL STICKLAND needs to record nine more points to reach 100 WHL career points…MATT FRASER needs to play in two more games to record 100 games played with the ICE…NORTH AMERICAN CENTRAL SCOUTING has ranked NATHAN LIEUWEN first among WHL goaltenders and BRAYDEN MCNABB 15th among skaters in the WHL preliminary rankings for the Fall…MAX REINHART (TEAM PACIFIC) and DREW CZERWONKA (TEAM WEST) have been selected to play at the 2009 WORLD UNDER 17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE in PORT ALBERNI from December 28 – January 4… BRAYDEN MCNABB (TEAM ONE) and NATHAN LIEUWEN (TEAM TWO) have been selected to play in the 2009 HOME HARDWARE CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME on January 14 in OSHAWA, ON.

SCORING STREAK: JOHN NEGRIN (1-8-9) has recorded at least a point in his last four games.

INJURY / TRANSACTION: DUSTIN SYLVESTER will be out of the KOOTENAY line up indefinitely with an ankle injury… The ICE have acquired 18-year-old goaltender TODD MATHEWS from the LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES and a conditional seventh round pick in 2009 or 2010 WHL BANTAM DRAFT in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2009 or 2010 WHL BANTAM DRAFT.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 39 games of the 2007-2008 season the ICE were 23-13-3-0, after 40 games 23-14-3-0 and after 41 games 24-14-3-0.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday December 30 Practice 10:30 – 12:00 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Wednesday December 31 ICE vs Brandon 6:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Thursday January 1 Travel Day
Friday January 2 ICE @ Edmonton 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday January 3 ICE @ Calgary 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)

WEEK IN REVIEW:
Saturday, December 27 – Kootenay 6 @ Lethbridge 1 – Record 19-13-2-3 – Attendance: 4,180
Goals:
1 – Stephens (12) from King and Fraser
2 – Sylvester (20) from Negrin
3 – Sylvester (21) from Negrin and Barteaux
4 – Stickland (12) from Bailey and Negrin
5 – Negrin (4) from Antilla and Cassivi
6 – Fraser (7) from Negrin and King
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (18 Saves, 1 GA)

Sunday, December 28 – Kootenay 2 vs Red Deer 3 – SO – Record 19-14-2-4 – Attendance: 3,168
Goals:
1 – Ismond (5) from Antilla and Negrin
2 – Stickland (13) from Negrin
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (18 Saves, 2 GA)

Red Line Report December 08

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/columnist/woodlief/2008-12-22-red-line_N.htm

Rising:
Brayden McNabb— We've been worried about his limited upside and puck skill, but he's physical and solid enough in his own end to make for a pretty good stay-at-home No. 4 at the next level.

1 Victor Hedman D 6-6/218 R 18 DEC 90 MoDo
2 John Tavares C 6-0/198 L 20 SEP 90 Oshawa
3 Jared Cowen D 6-5/218 R 25 JAN 91 Spokane
4 Matt Duchene C 5-11/196 L 16 JAN 91 Brampton
5 Brayden Schenn C 6-0/197 L 22 AUG 91 Brandon
6 Evander Kane C 6-1/180 L 1 AUG 91 Vancouver
7 Magnus Pjrvi-Svensson RW 6-1/198 L 12 APR 91 Timr
8 Jeremy Morin LW 6-0/193 R 16 APR 91 U.S. NTDP U-18
9 Dmitri Kulikov D 6-0/187 L 29 OCT 90 Drummondville
10 Jordan Schroeder RW 5-8/173 R 29 SEP 90 Univ. of Minnesota

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Red Deer 3 Kootenay 2 SO

Cranbrook, BC – Red Deer beat the Kootenay ICE 3-2 in an overtime shootout in WHL action on Sunday night.

ICE opened the scoring as Jesse Ismond was alone in front of the puck and put in a loose puck after it originally hit the goal post.
Rebels’ tied it on a 2-on-1 break as Landon Ferraro fired a wrist shot for his team leading 21st.
ICE regained the lead on a 5-on-3 power-play as Michael Stickland one-timed a pass from John Negrin and beat the goalie on the stick side.
Rebels’ tied it 2-2 as Willie Coetzee banged in a loose puck after it hit he post.
Rebels won the shootout portion 2-1.

The ICE will host Brandon on New Years’ Eve on Wednesday.

Game Summary
Red Deer 15-19-0-5 Kootenay 19-14-2-4

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Ismond 5 (Antilla, Negrin) 5:49
2. Red Deer, Ferraro 21 (Smith) 9:53
3. Kootenay, Stickland 13 (Negrin, Barteaux) 19:32 pp
Penalties – Antilla Ktn (tripping) 10:38, Morin RD (hooking) 17:54, Kuemper RD (delay of game) 18:12,
2nd Period
4. Kootenay, Coetzee 11 (Archer) 7:08
Penalties – Negrin Ktn (closing hand on puck) 3:12, Cassivi Ktn (slashing) 9:02, Stephens Ktn (hooking) 13:09, Morin RD (interference) 16:25, Cowen RD (roughing) 19:31, Wray RD (cross checking) 19:44.
3rd Period
No Scoring
Penalties – Barteaux Ktn (cross checking) 2:30, Barteaux Ktn (hooking) 5:08, Mappin RD (roughing) 9:06, Antilla Ktn (hooking) 12:52, McNabb Ktn (interference) 16:33, Frere Ktn (delay of game) 17:38.
Overtime
No Scoring
Shootout
Kootenay - Pacovsky, miss; Fraser, goal; Bailey, miss, King, miss.
Red Deer – Ferraro, goal;, Coetzee, miss, Smith, miss;, Gross, goal.
Shots on goal by
Red Deer – 5 – 11 – 4 – 0 = 20
Kootenay – 9 – 11 – 10 – 4 = 34
Goal (shots-saves) – Red Deer: Darcy Kuemper (W 11-10-0-3) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (L 12-8-0-2)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Red Deer: 0/9 Kootenay: 1/6
Referees – Steve Papp, Carl Poole
Linesmen – Matthew Barker, Jim Maniago
Attendance – 3,168

Surgery For Sylvester

Dustin Sylvester had his ankle broken in 2 spots and had surgery Sunday morning at the Lethbridge hospital.
In talking with the ICE they don't feel Hurricanes' Mitch Versteeg deserved a penalty let alone a major and game misconduct. Sly landed on his left ankle at a bad angle and it couldn't support his weight when he landed.

Kootenay 6 Lethbridge 1

The Kootenay ICE scored 4 power-play goals in a 6-1 win in Lethbridge.
ICE forward Dustin Sylvester scored his 1st 2 PPG of the season but may have played his last game of the season after suffering a broken ankle early in the 3rd period. Sylvester went down awkwardly on his left leg after receiving an innocent looking hit near the boards. Recovery time is usually 3 months.
The ICE are now down to 12 forwards on the roster. The number for the next few games is 11 as Drew Czerwonka and Max Reinhart are the U-17 tournament and 15-year-old Brenden Hurley is with the team.
Defenseman John Negrin tied a Franchise Record for a defenseman with a 5-point game (1g 4a). Tylan Stephens, Matt Fraser and Michael Stickland had the other goals. Sunday the ICE host Red Deer.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Cory Clouston Update




As per a request, I have received a message from former ICE Head Coach Cory Clouston who is in his 2nd year with the AHL's Binghamton Senators.

We have been playing well as of late(7-1-3) last 11 games. We play 6 games in 8 nights right after christmas.
We currently sit 16-9-6. We play Hershey(Washington) and Wilkes Barre(Pitsburgh) tonight and tomorrow. Both are very good teams with a lot of depth and talent. Both organizations have drafted well over the last few years. It is not by luck that one team went to the Stanley Cup finals last year and one team isnear the top[ this year. We have made very big strides over the last year and a half. Ottawa completely overhauled their team here in Binghamton starting last season. We began with only 3 players from the previous season. We improved the team by 27 points last year finishing 2 games above .500 from 25 games below .500. This years draft appears to have been a very good one but we will not see the benefits for another couple of years.
With Ottawa struggling they have used a lot of our players. As many as 5 have been up at a time. They currently have 4 players that have played a large role here. Bell, Lee, Zubov, and Bass are all up with Ottawa. We went through a period of two weeks where we were playing with 8 players out due to injury and call-ups.

We played against Hamilton which Ryan Russell and Ben Maxwell both play for and are both playing well. We fortunately won both games of the home and home series. The second game was played in Montreal with a crowd over 14 000.
Best of luck to everyone back home
Happy Holidays
Cory

Friday, December 26, 2008

Kootenay @ Lethbridge

The WHL X-mas break ends Saturday with all 22 teams in action including the Kootenay ICE in Lethbridge.
It's the 4th meeting of the year with the Hurricanes leading the series 2-1. The ICE won 4-2 in their last meeting.
The ICE are 1 point behind the Hurricanes for 3rd in the Division and 5th in the Conference.
The club is without Drew Czerwonka and Max Reinhart who are at the Under-17 Tournament in Port Alberni.
Lethbridge is without defenseman Alex Theriau (U-17) and goalie Juha Metsola (Finland WJHC).
The ICE will welcome goalie Todd Mathews to the line-up after being acquired in a trade before the X-mas break.
The club's 1st pick in the 2008 Bantam Draft 15-year-old Brenden Hurley has also joined the club for the next 4 games.
Sunday the ICE host Red Deer.

WJHC

29 WHL players are involved in the 2009 WJHC in Ottawa.

Canada 12
Keith Aulie - Brandon
Jamie Benn – Kelowna
Tyler Myers - Kelowna
Zach Boychuk – Lethbridge
Jordan Eberele – Regina
Colton Teubert – Regina
Tyler Ennis – Medicine Hat
Thomas Hickey – Seattle
Evander Kane – Vancouver
Chet Pickard – Tri City
Bret Sonne – Calgary
Dustin Tokarski - Spokane
Czech Republic 6
Rudolph Cerveny – Regina
Thomas Kundratek – Medicine Hat
Zdenek Okal – Medicine Hat
Stepan Novotny – Kelowna
Tomas Vincour – Edmonton
Radim Valchar - Portland
Finland 3
Tommi Kovisto – Red Deer
Juha Metsola – Lethbridge
Jyri Niemi - Saskatoon
Slovakia 3
Mylan Kytnar – Saskatoon
Michal Siska – Kamloops
Marek Viedensky – Prince George
USA 5
Jon Blum – Vancouver
Drayson Bowman – Spokane
Tyler Johnson – Spokane
Mitch Wahl - Spokane
Jim O’Brien – Seattle

Brandon – Keith Aulie Canada
Calgary – Brett Sonne Canada
Chilliwack -
Edmonton – Tomas Vincour Czech Rep
Everett –
Kamloops – Michal Siska Slovakia
Kelowna – Jamie Benn Canada, Tyler Myers Canada, Stepan Novotny Czech Rep
Kootenay –
Lethbridge – Zach Boychuk Canada, Juha Metsola Finland
Medicine Hat – Tyler Ennis Canada, Thomas Kundratek Czech Rep, Zdenek Okla Czech Rep
Moose Jaw –
Portland – Radin Valchar Czech Rep
Prince Albert –
Prince George – Marek Viedensky Slovakia
Red Deer – Tommo Kovisto Finland
Regina – Jordan Eberle Canada, Colton Teubert Canada, Rudolph Cerveny Czech Rep
Saskatoon – Jyri Niemi Finland, Milan Kytnar Slovakia
Seattle – Thomas Hickey Canada, Jim O’Brien USA
Spokane – Dustin Tokarski Canada, Drayson Bowman USA, Tyler Johnson USA, Mitch Wahl
Swift Current –
Tri City – Chet Pickard Canada
Vancouver – Jon Blum USA, Evander Kane Canada,

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sutter in the Show

Former ICE forward Brett Sutter scored in his 1st NHL game Tuesday for the Calgary Flames. He is the 8th of the Sutter family to play in the NHL and the 2nd of the 2nd generation. Brett was selected with 179th pick of the 2005 NHL Drfat by Calgary. His Father Darryl was selected by Chicago with the 179th pick in the 1978 Draft.

WHL Mid-Season Review

WHL Eastern & Western Conference Mid-Season Review at whl.ca.

Kootenay ICE
2008-09 record: 37gp 18-14-2-3, 41pts (4th in Div., 7th in Conf.) GF: 116 GA: 118
Top Scorers:
Dustin Sylvester 33gp-19g-20a-39pts
Andrew Bailey 37gp-15g-17a-32pts
Tylan Stephens 37gp-11g-16a-27pts

The Kootenay Ice may be in a transition phase, relying on a lot more younger players than in the past few years, but they’ve managed to remain a competitive team in the tough Eastern Conference. Dustin Sylvester has been the offensive catalyst for the team, leading the Ice in most offensive categories, including a WHL-leading six shorthanded goals, while boasting a solid +16 rating. Veterans Andrew Bailey, Kevin King and Tylan Stephens have also chipped in scoring. Youngsters such as Drew Czerwonka, Jesse Ismond and Max Reinhart have also contributed in their first WHL campaigns. Defensively, the Ice have allowed the second-most goals of any team currently in a playoff position. Veterans John Negrin and Ian Barteaux have logged plenty of time and chipped in offensively, while sophomore Brayden McNabb has shown strong puck skills while providing a physical element as well. Goaltending is one area the Ice will look for improvement. Sophomore Thomas Heemskerk, who is no longer with the team, and rookie Nathan Lieuwen have had troubles with consistency. The Ice acquired Todd Mathews from Lethbridge to fill the hole vacated by Heemskerk.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Pre-Season Rankings

Back in September the radio play-by-play announcers were asked for their predictions.
Almost all felt the ICE would make the playoffs.
Calgary and Saskatoon are leading their divisions right now and are #1 & #2 in the conference, which is alot better than expected.
The predicted top 8 are all in a playoff spot in the East.
In the West the predictions are almost dead-on.

East
1. Lethbridge
2. Brandon
3. Medicine Hat
4. Regina
5. Swift Current
6. Calgary
7. Kootenay
8. Saskatoon
9. Moose Jaw
10. Prince Albert
11. Edmonton
12. Red Deer

West
1. Spokane
2. Kelowna
3. Tri-Cities
4. Vancouver
5. Seattle
6. Kamloops
7. Chilliwack
8. Everett
9. Prince George
10. Portland

Friday, December 19, 2008

1st Half Highlights

Team
Most goals in a game - 8 December 10th vs Kamloops.
Most goals in a period - 5 Nov 29 in Everett.
Shutouts - 3 Oct 17 vs Prince Albert (Lieuwen 18 saves), Nov 15 vs Edmonton (Lieuwen 13 saves), Dec 17 vs Medicine Hat (Lieuwen 29 saves).
Most shots in a game - 51 Dec 17 vs Medicine Hat. 3 times the ICE have had 50 or more sots on goal in a game.
Most shots in a period - 23 Oct 18 vs Chilliwack, November 15 vs Edmonton.
Fewest shots allowed in a game - 13 November 15 vs Edmonton.
Fewest shots allowed in a period - 3 October 17 vs Prince Albert, November 15 vs Edmonton.
Most PPG in a game - 4 Dec 10 vs Kamloops.
Most SHG in game - 2 October 18 vs Chilliwack, November 19 in Saskatoon.
Largest margin of victory - 5 November 15 vs Edmonton (5-0), December 10 vs Kamloops (8-3).
Longest winning streak - 5 games(twice).
Longest point streaks - 8 games.
Longest winning streak home - 4
Longest winning streak road - 3

Individual
Most goals in a game - 4 Michael Stickland Sept 18 vs Spokane (Tied Franchise Record).
3 or more goal games - Stickland, Dustin Sylvester.
Assists in a game - 3 Kevin King Oct 24 vs Prince George
Assists in a game by a defenseman - 3 Brayden McNabb November 29 in Everett.
Points in a game - 4 Stickland Sept 22 vs Spokane, Sylvester Nov 29 in Everett.
Points in a game by a defenseman - 3 John Negrin October 18 vs Chilliwack, Negrin November 29 in Everett.
Points in a game by a rookie - 3 Max Reinhart Nov 21 in Brandon, Reinhart December 10 vs Kamloops.
SHG - 6 Sylvester.
Saves in a game - 33 Lieuwen November 29 in Everett.
Goals in a period - 3 Sylvester November 29 in Everett (Tied Franchise Record).
Saves in a period - 16 Lieuwen December 17 vs Medicine hat.
Longest goal streak - 6 games Andrew Bailey November 15-29.
Longest assist streak - 6 games Bailey November 3-21.
Longest point streak - 9 games Bailey November 3-29, Sylvester November 3-29.
Longest winning streak - 5 games Lieuwen November 14-29.
Penalty Shot Goals - Sylvester September 23 in Red Deer, Reinhart November 21 in Brandon.
Penalty Shot Stops - Thomas Heemskerk October 8 in Regina (Mike Scarborough), Lieuwen November 15 vs Edmonton (Clayton Cumiskey), Lieuwen December 6 in Spokane (Drayson Bowman).

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lieuwen & McNabb are Top Prospects

Goalie Nathan Lieuwen and defenseman Brayden McNabb are the 9th & 10th ICE players to take part in the Top Prospects Event. Lieuwen is the 2nd goalie (Dan Blackburn) and McNabb is the 5th defenseman (Steve McCarthy, Andy Thompson, Lukas Bohunicky & John Negrin) The forwards to take part were Kyle Wanvig, Jarret Stoll & Ben Maxwell.

Team # 1
Forwards
Ryan O'Reilly Erie Otters (OHL)
Brayden Schenn Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Peter Holland Guelph Storm (OHL)
Scott Glennie Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Michael Latta Guelph Storm (OHL)
Taylor Beck Guelph Storm (OHL)
Cody Eakin Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Tomas Vincour Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Levko Koper Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
David Gilbert Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Philippe Paradis Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
John Tavares Oshawa Generals (OHL)

Defencemen
Jared Cowen Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Brayden McNabb Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Tommi Kivisto Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Ryan Ellis Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
Charles-Olivier Roussel Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
Calvin de Haan Oshawa Generals (OHL)

Goaltenders
Olivier Roy Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
Scott Stajcer Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

Team # 2
Forwards (12)
Matt Duchene Brampton Battalion (OHL)
Alex Hutchings Barrie Colts (OHL)
Andrej Nestrasil Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)
Landon Ferraro Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Zack Kassian Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Carter Ashton Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Evander Kane Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Jimmy Bubnick Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
Ethan Werek Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Jordan Caron Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Michal Hlinka Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
Nazem Kadri London Knights (OHL)

Defencemen (6)
Taylor Doherty Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Stefan Elliott Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
Tyson Barrie Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Dmitry Kulikov Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
Éric Gélinas Lewsiton MAINEiacs (QMJHL)
Simon Després Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

Goaltenders (2)
Nathan Lieuwen Kootenay Ice (WHL)
Edward Pasquale Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Kootenay 3 Medicine Hat 0

Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE goalie Nathan Lieuwen made 29 saves for his 3rd shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers in WHL action on Wednesday night.

ICE opened the scoring as Jesse Ismond was left alone in front of the net a lifted the puck over the goalie’s shoulder.
In the 3rd period Matt Fraser made it 2-0 with a slap shot that beat the goalie low on the stick side.
Dustin Sylvester added one into an empty net.

Steele Boomer missed his 12th game to a concussion while Michael Stickland injured his shoulder in practice and did not play.
The WHL will now go on their 10-day break for the holidays.

ICE return to action the 27th in Lethbridge and will host Red Deer on the 28th and Brandon on New Years’ Eve.

Game Summary
Medicine Hat 21-11-3-3 Kootenay 18-14-2-3

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Ismond 4 (Rintoul, Pacovsky) 5:36
Penalties – Carr MH (interference) 17:42, McCue MH (roughing) Fraser Ktn (unsportsmanlike) King Ktn (unsportsmanlike) 17:52.
2nd Period
N Scoring
Penalties – Negrin Ktn (tripping) :24, Hamilton MH (tripping) 1:24, Bailey Ktn (hooking) 8:00, Hamilton MH (hooking) 8:14, McNabb Ktn (tripping) 19:12.
3rd Period
2. Kootenay, Fraser 6 (King, Frere) 1:35
3. Kootenay, Sylvester 19 18:58 en
Penalties – Czerwonka Ktn (tripping) 2:06, King Ktn (hooking) 8:38, Barteaux Ktn (hooking) 9:03,
Shots on goal by
Medicine Hat - 6 – 16 – 7 = 29
Kootenay - 13 – 18 – 20 = 51
Goal (shots-saves) – Medicine Hat: Ryan Holfeld (L 17-9-3-2) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 11-8-0-1)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Medicine Hat: 0/7 Kootenay: 0/4
Referees – Russ Berdusco, Ryan Thompson
Linesmen – Steve Cochrane, Matthew Barker
Attendance – 2,943

2009 Top Prospects Game

Thursday morning at 11 the CHL will announce the roster for the 2009 Top Prospects Game to held January 14th in Oshawa. ICE goalie Nathan Lieuwen and defenseman Brayden McNabb will try to become the 9th & 10th players in team history to play in the event. John Negrin was the latest, he played in 2007 in Quebec City.

10 Things I Think I Think

1. I think I was suprised to hear Chiefs' defenseman Jared Cowen was not invited to Team Canada's camp. Then I was very suprised to hear the OHL's leading scorer Taylor Hall didn't make the team and the WHL's Evander Kane and Brayden Scheen were cuts as well. I thought 2 of the 3 forwards would make it.
2. I think it would be great to watch the U-17 tournament in person. The best 16-years olds in the country, plus 5 international teams, would be very entertaining.
3. I think the WHL head office must be drooling at the possibility of their 2 biggest cities, Vancouver & Calgary, meeting in the league final.
4. I think it is still hard to come from behind in games. Only 1 team, Prince George with 5, has come from behind when trailing after 2 periods more than 3 times this season.
5. I think it's suprising to discover only 3 WHL teams have a winning record when trailing after the 1st period. Calgary 7-2-0-0, Tri City 5-3-0-1 and Vancouver 3-2-0-1.
6. I think this is why some teams may start to play defensively and not give up the 1st goal instead of being aggressive and get the 1st goal.
7. I think I hope newly acquired ICE goalie Todd Matthews takes advantage of his 2nd chance in the WHL. The 18-year-old had good numbers as a back-up with Moose Jaw last year but didn't seem to be ready to handle being a #1 this year. Warrior Head Coach Dave Hunchak says he can pass the puck up to the neutral zone as good as some defensemen.
8. I think without Tigers Woods golf has not been interesting. In fact the biggest golf story in months is when Tigers' caddy said he hates Phil Mikkelson.
9. I think I remember being in charge of an outdoor door rink and was not allowed to have the place open when it was -25. At -24 there was still a few kids who would never leave the ice. This week when it got very cold no one would even think about playing outside.
10. I think I enjoyed watching the DVD The Bronx Is Burning. It based on the 1977 Yankees. The inside story on Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner makes me wonder what's happening behind the scenes at pro teams in the NHL, NBA, NFL & NBA.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Medicine Hat @ Kooteny

Earlier this week a few members of the Kootenay ICE joined the RCMP for their annual visit to Hastings street in Vancouver. Over the next few months the players will visit schools with the message to say no to drugs.
The Kootenay ICE will wrap up their pre X-mas schedule Wednesday as they host Medicine Hat.
The ICE lead the season series 2-0 with 4-3(shootout) and 4-2 scores.
The Tigers will at the end of their 5 game road trip. Coach Willy Desjardins and forward Tyler Ennis are with Team Canada. Zdenek Okal and Tomas Kundratek are off to the Czech Republic camp.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Peterborough 4 Guilford 2

Colin Patterson interview at
http://www.phantv.net/

Maxwell In The Show

For those who missed it on our broadcast Ben Maxwell played his 1st NHL game Saturday in Montreal against Washington. Wearing jersey #80 Maxwell had a couple of great rushes towards the net and also forced a a penalty. Through Facebook Ben wants to say HI to everyone.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Moose Jaw 7 Kootenay 4

Cranbrook, BC – Moose Jaw got 2 goals from Tomas Karpov & Ian Duval in a 7-4 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Saturday night.

Warriors opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 break as Brian Sommers received a pass from Cory Scott and deked the goalie with a one-handed backhand.
ICE tied it 1-1 on the power-play as Andrew Bailey one-timed a pass from John Negrin from the bottom of the circle. On Teddy Bear & Mitten Toss Night the game was delayed as fans made their donations.
Warriors regained the lead as Ian Duval scored on rebound with a shot off the goal post high on the glove side.
Warriors made it 3-1 as Tomas Karpov banged in a rebound.
ICE got back within a goal as Tylan Stephens fired a wrist shot on a partial breakaway.
Warriors made it 4-2 while shorthanded as Ian Duval found an open Jason Bast for his 2nd SHG of the season.
ICE got back within a goal as Dustin Sylvester found a loose puck on rebound and pushed in his team leading 18th.
Warriors got their 2-goal lead back as Tomas Karpov poke a loose puck near the goaline.
Joel Broda made it 6-3 on a snap shot high on the stick side.
ICE Matt Fraser scored on the power-play after finding a loose puck in the slot.
Warriors ended the night with a shorthanded goal into an empty net from Duval.

The ICE will host Medicine Hat on Wednesday.

Game Summary
Moose Jaw 10-21-0-1 Kootenay 17-14-2-3

1st Period
1. Moose Jaw, Sommers 2 (Scott, Reinbolt) 5:30
2. Kootenay, Bailey 15 (Negrin, Barteaux) 8:30 pp
3. Moose Jaw, Duval 8 (Bast) 12:52
Penalties – McLlrath MJ (hooking) 7:29, Bosch MJ (delay of game) 10:00,
2nd Period
4. Moose Jaw, Karpov 2 (Smuk, Smith) 7:15
5. Kootenay, Stephens 11 10:09
6. Moose Jaw, Bast 12 (Duval) 12:04 sh
7. Kootenay, Sylvester 18 (Frere, Stephens) 18:29
Penalties – Negrin Ktn (tripping) 4:02, Karpv MJ (interference) 10:25, Fraser Ktn (goalie interference) 14:04, Bonar MJ, Bailey Ktn (roghing) 16:50.
3rd Period
8. Moose Jaw, Karpov (2) 3 (Atkinson, Smith) 1:10
9. Moose Jaw, Broda 24 (Filo, Suer) 9:01
10. Kootenay, Fraser 5 (Pacovsky, Stephens) 16:22 pp
11. Moose Jaw, Duval (2) 9 19:23 sh en
Penalties – Frazee MJ Negrin Ktn (roughing) :20, Smuk MJ (hooking) 11:23, Broda MJ (hooking) 16:11, Cox MJ (interference) 18:11.
Shots on goal by
Moose Jaw – 12 - 7 – 9 = 28
Kootenay - 10 – 13 – 9 = 32
Goal (shots-saves) – Moose Jaw: Jeff Bosch (W 6-13-0-2) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (L 10-8-0-1)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Moose Jaw: 0/2 Kootenay: 2/7
Referee – Derek Zalaski
Linesmen – Tyler Adair, Kelly Reitenbach
Attendance – 2,952

Friday, December 12, 2008

Moose Jaw @ Kootenay

The ICE will host Moose Jaw on Saturday on A&W Teddy Bear/Mitten Toss night. The ICE lead the season series 2-0 with both wins in Moose Jaw.
Newly acquired goalie Todd Matthews is still with SJHL Notre Dame and will join the ICE after the holiday break.
Cranbrook native Scott Orth will be the emergency back-up. Orth started the year with Brigham Young University but apparently had visa problems and has returned home. He is a former Kimberley Dynamiter and Trail Smoke Eater.
There were a few changes to the game summary on Wednesday. Dustin Sylvester is still without a power-play goal this season as that was changed to Andrew Bailey who had the Gordie Howe hat-trick. Dominek Pacovsky had 2 assists and not 3 as originally announced. Max Reinhart had 1 goal and 2 assists and not a 4-point game.

Franchise Record Book Update

Career Games - 7th 251 Andrew Bailey, 12th 236 Dustin Sylvester (6th 263 Ryan Russell, 1st 344 Dale Mahovsky).
Forward Goals - 9th 82 Andrew Bailey, 12th 72 Dustin Sylvester (8th 84 Jason Jaffray, 1st 159 Nigel Dawes).
Forward Assists - 10th 111 Andrew Bailey (9th 112 Colin Sinclair, 1st 162 Jarret Stoll).
Defenseman Assists - 5th 81 John Negrin (4th 85 Steve McCarthy, 1st 105 Trevor Johnson).
Forward Points - 8th 193 Andrew Bailey (7th 213 Adam Cracknell, 1st 286 Jarret Stoll).
PPG - 4th 35 Andrew Bailey (3rd 37 Ryan Russell, 1st 60 Nigel Dawes).
SHG - 2nd 10 Dustin Sylvester (1st 11 Duncan Milroy).
Game Winning Goals - T-3rd 18 Andrew Bailey (2nd 19 Steve DaSilva, 1st 29 Nigel Dawes).
+/- - 9th +43 Dustin Sylvester (8th +45 Ben Maxwell, 1st +62 Ryan Russell).

Thursday, December 11, 2008

ICE Add Goalie

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has acquired goaltender Todd Mathews and a conditional seventh round pick in the 2009 or 2010 WHL Bantam Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2009 or 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.
“With the departure of Thomas Heemskerk we needed a goaltender with WHL experience who first of all can join our team and secondly be a contributor. We feel Todd will be a welcome addition to our club who also compete for games with Nathan Lieuwen,” added Chynoweth.
Todd Mathews will join the ICE after the Christmas break (December 26) and will be in the line-up when they face the Lethbridge Hurricanes on December 27.
Kootenay returns to action Saturday night at home against the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7:00 pm for the Annual A&W Teddy Bear / Mitten Toss. Tickets for this game are available at the Kootenay ICE Office and Kootenay Collectibles.
TODD MATHEWS
April 17, 1990 * Hometown: Covina, CA, USA
Goaltender * Glove: Left * 5’11”, 190 lbs.
YEAR TEAM GP Mins GA Svs Ave SV%
2007-08 Moose Jaw Warriors 20 1048 48 407 2.75 .895
2008-09 Moose Jaw Warriors 13 639 52 304 4.88 .854
2008-09 Notre Dame Hounds 9 477 19 264 2.39 .928

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kootenay 8 Kamloops 3

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE scored 4 power-play goals in a 8-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers in WHL action on Wednesday night.

ICE opened the scoring as Dominik Pacovsky’s pass was Tylan Stephens crashing the crease.
On a power-play the ICE made it 2-0 as Dustin Sylvester found a loose puck in front of the net and chipped in his 1st PPG of the year.
In the 2nd period Sylvester attempted pass from behind the net went in off the goalies’ pads for a 3-0 lead.
Max Reinhart made it 4-0 on the power-play as John Negrin’s attempted pass deflected off his skate.
On another power-play Brayden McNabb stepped into a long slap shot from the blue that beat the goalie high on the glove side. Blazers then made the goalie change with Jon Groenheyde replaced Justin Leclerc.
Drew Czerwonka made it 6-0 as he fought off a check in front off the net and shovelled the puck into the net.
ICE defenseman Eric Frere scored his 1st goal of the season on a power-play with a slap shot from the blueline.
Blazers scored 3 goals in a span of 2:18 with Zak Stebner, Kenton Dulle, Alex Rodgers getting the goals.
ICE finished the scoring as Jesse Ismond scored with 5 seconds left in the 3rd period.

The ICE will host Moose Jaw on Saturday for A&W Teddy Bear/Mitten Toss night.

Game Summary
Kamloops 14-17-1-3 Kootenay 17-13-2-3

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Stephens 10 (Pacovsky, Fraser) 6:50
2. Kootenay, Sylvester 17 (Reinhart, Pacovsky) 14:08 pp
Penalties – Ross Kam (fighting) Negrin Ktn (fighting) :30, Grbavac Kam (fighting) Barteaux Ktn (fighting) 3:40, Shattock Kam (roughing) 7:42, Grbavac Kam (slashing) 13:59, Shattock Kam (fighting) Machacek Ktn (fighting) 15:41, Saip Kam (roughing) Sylvester Ktn (roughing) 18:30, Dulle Kam (roughing) Stickland Ktn (roughing) King Ktn (cross checking) 19:28.
2nd Period
3. Kootenay, Sylvester 18 (2)
4. Kootenay, Reinhart 3 (negrin, Barteaux) 5:57 pp
5. Kootenay, McNabb 3 (Pacovsky, Stickland) 9:11 pp
6. Kootenay, Czerwonka 7 (Ismond, Antilla) 15:11
Penalties – Ross Kam (roughing) 5:35, Bench Kam (too many men) 10:05, Lyon Kam (interference) 13:15, Lyon Kam (fighting) Pacovsky (fighting) 16:06, Calla Kam (roughing, misconduct) Torbohm Kam (hooking) 18:16, McNabb Ktn (roughing, misconduct).
3rd Period
7. Kootenay, Frere 1 (Ismond, King) 7:09
8. Kamloops, Stebner 4 12:59
9. Kamloops, Rodgers 4 (Calla, Ranford) 14:23
10. Kamloops, Dulle 15 (Shattock) 15:17
11. Kootenay, Ismond 3 (Czerwonka, Antilla) 19:55
Penalties – Vanscourt Ktn (tripping) :12, Saip Kam (roughing, fighting) Bailey Ktn (fighting) 6:00, Grbavac (misconduct) Rintoul Ktn (misconduct) 6:38, Fraser Ktn (interference) 9:45, Wasden Kam (fighting) McNabb Ktn (fighting) 18:13.
Shots on goal by
Kamloops - 4 - 4 - 9 = 17
Kootenay – 13 – 20 – 17 = 50
Goal (shots-saves) – Kamloops: Justin Leclerc (25-20) (L 13-12-1-2) Jon Groenheyde (9:11 second)(25-22) (Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 10-7-0-1)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Kamloops: 0/3 Kootenay: 4/8
Referee – Graham Skilliter
Linesmen – Mike Boisvert, Jim Maniago
Attendance – 2,976

Kamloops @ Kootenay

The ICE and Blazers will meet for the first and only time this season tonight at the Rec-Plex.
The last ICE home game was 26 days ago when they won 5-0 over Edmonton.
Over the last 5 meetings the ICE have a 4-0-0-1 record vs the Blazers.
Steele Boomer will miss his 10th straight game with a concussion. He has gone from day-to-day to week-to-week. But fans shouldn't be worried. He is doing a lot better and probably could play within a week but since the club has only 3 games left before the break and then another 10 days off it's best to give him an extra couple weeks off. Plus after missing 10-12 games getting in game shape will take some time.
The club made a couple of adjustments to their forward line combinations during practice this week and will see if that's the route they go tonight.
Nathan Lieuwen will make his 5th straight start in net and Kimberley Dynamiters Dylan Tait will be the back-up.
Players to watch from the Blazers - Defenseman Nick Ross (Phoenix 1st round pick 2007) has that history with John Negrin from his Regina days. 20-year-old Brady Calla started the year playing for Florida's farm club in the AHL. 17-year-old forward Jimmy Bubnick could be a 2nd or 3rd round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Shane Wiebe (15 goals), Tyler Shattock (15 goals) and C.J. Stretch (41 points) are having productive seasons.

Monday, December 8, 2008

EPL

A regular visitor to this blog is from the United Kingdom and it's Colin Patterson who is coaching the Peterborough Phantoms of the EPL. They're in 2nd place in the 10-team league. Add their team website to your bookmarks. http://www.peterborough-phantoms.com/
Also visit the EPL at http://www.eplicehockey.net/

ICE Weekly Report

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 16-13-2-3 record (9-4-1-1 at home, 7-9-1-2 on the road, 0-2-4-3 in overtime) and third place in the CENTRAL DIVISION and are ninth place in the WHL...This week the ICE will host KAMLOOPS (December 10), MOOSE JAW (December 13) and MEDICINE HAT (December 17) before breaking for Christmas Holidays (December 18 – December 26).

TIM HORTONS NIGHT: When KOOTENAY hosts the KAMLOOPS BLAZERS on December 10 it will be TIM HORTONS Night…The Timbits will be playing a game of hockey during the intermission and prior to the game non perishable food items will be collected for the CRANBROOK and KIMBERLEY FOOD BANKS…Fans that donate to the FOOD BANKS will have the opportunity to win an autographed Scott and Rob Niedermayer stick courtesy of TIM HORTONS…Santa will be in attendance this night to hand out candy canes.

A&W TEDDY BEAR / MITTEN TOSS: When the ICE host the MOOSE JAW WARRIORS on December 13 it will be the annual A & W TEDDY BEAR / MITTEN TOSS Night…Fans are encouraged to bring new, unused stuffed bears (due to distribution in health care facilities) and mittens to the game that will be tossed on to the ice when KOOTENAY scores their first goal…Bears collected at this game will be distributed to the Salvation Army, the Angel Tree and various other community organizations.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Family Paks are on sale for only $45.00…For this low price you receive two adult tickets, two youth or student tickets, a parking voucher, a program voucher and two McDonald’s Happy Meal vouchers…Family Paks are applicable for all Sunday through Thursday games excluding Wednesday, December 31…Super Six Flex Paks are also available…They include six vouchers redeemable for any remaining regular season home game…Flex Paks are $99.00 for adults, $75.00 for senior / students and $51.00 for youth.

PLAYERS IN THE COMMUNITY: MATT FRASER, ANDREW BAILEY and other players will be ringing the bells for the SALVATION ARMY from 12 – 2 pm (December 12 – CANADIAN TIRE, December 16 – SAFEWAY)...TYLAN STEPHENS, KEVIN KING and other players will be helping families bag their groceries at SAVE ON FOODS from 12 – 2 pm on December 12 and December 16…MAX REINHART, NATHAN LIEUWEN and other players will be at the TAMARACK MALL selling Family and Flex Paks on December 14 from 12 – 5pm.

ICE / HOME DEPOT BACKYARD RINK CONTEST: From now until January 26 you will have the chance to enter and win a game of shinny with some of the KOOTENAY ICE players and HOME DEPOT staff…To enter you can bring your photo to HOME DEPOT, drop it off at Guest Services during a KOOTENAY ICE home games or email the ICE a photo of your backyard rink along with your phone number…Full contest details are available at www.kootenayice.net under the ‘”In the Community” page.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY is 13-9-2-3 when outshooting their opponent, 2-4-0-0 when outshot by their opponent and 1-0-0-0 when shots are tied…DUSTIN SYLVESTER, who is first in the League in short handed goals with six, is third in short handed goals in franchise history with nine (DUNCAN MILROY – 11, RYAN RUSSELL – 10)…SYLVESTER has been named the HUSKY WHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH for November…ANDREW BAILEY played in his 250 consecutive WHL game dating back to 2005-2006 season on December 6 against SPOKANE…JOHN NEGRIN played in his 200 WHL career game on December 3 against TRI-CITY…MATT FRASER played in his 100 WHL career game against TRI-CITY (December 3)…BRAYDEN MCNABB played in his 100 WHL career game against PORTLAND on December 2…NORTH AMERICAN CENTRAL SCOUTING has ranked NATHAN LIEUWEN first among WHL goaltenders and BRAYDEN MCNABB 15th among skaters in the WHL preliminary rankings for the Fall…MAX REINHART (TEAM PACIFIC) and DREW CZERWONKA (TEAM WEST) have been selected to play at the 2009 WORLD UNDER 17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE in PORT ALBERNI from December 28 – January 4.

INJURY / TRANSACTION: Forward STEELE BOOMER will be out of the KOOTENAY line up week to week with a concussion…Goaltender THOMAS HEEMSKERK has left the team to return home for personal reasons.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 34 games of the 2007-2008 season the ICE 19-12-3-0, after 35 games 20-12-3-0 and after 36 games 21-12-3-0.

3rd Annual Backyard Rink Contest

The Home Depot of Cranbrook and the Kootenay ICE are partnering up once again for the 3rd annual Backyard Rink Contest.
From December 10th till January 26th you will have the opportunity to build your backyard rink using materials from Home Depot then dropping your photo off at Home Depot, Guest Service during Kootenay ICE home games or emailing it to the Kootenay ICE Office at tharris@kootenayice.net
The winner of the Backyard Rink Contest will have the opportunity to play a game of shinny with ICE players and Home Depot staff.
For more information and contest details visit www.kootenayice.net under the “In the Community” page.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Spokane 6 Kootenay 2

Chiefs' forward Drayson Bowman had 2 goals and 3 assists in a 6-2 win over the ICE. The Chiefs jumped out to a 5-1 1st period lead. Michael Stickland and Brayden McNabb scored the ICE goals who wrap up their 8 game road trip with 3 losses and a 4-4-0-0 record.
The ICE will play their 1st home game since November 15th on Wednesday against Kamloops.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

WHL Team-by-Team Update

Kootenay - playing their 8th straight road game, 4-3-0-0 in the first 7.
Calgary - 12-0-0-1 in their last 13 games. Home record is 16-1-0-0.
Edmonton - playing #2 of 7 straight home games. In their last 6 home games they are 5-0-0-1.
Lethbridge - season high 5 game winning streak and have won 7 of their last 8.
Medicine Hat - 10-1-0-1 in their last 12 games.
Red Deer - have won their last 2 home games.
Brandon - in their last 7 games they have followed a win with a loss, whcih in turn has been followed by a win.
Moose Jaw - have lost 6 in a row and have 1 win in their last 10.
Prince Albert - 9 losses in a row.
Regina - on Sunday will play their 8th straight road game, 2-5-0-0 so far.
Saskatoon - 13 straight road games, 14-1-0-0 on the road all season.
Swift Current - 1 win in their last 5 games. Have 7 straight road games.
Chilliwack - 6 losses in a row.
Kamloops - 3-6-1-1 in their last 11 games,
Kelowna - won 6 of their last 7.
Prince George - 1-0 under interm Head Coach Wade Klippenstein.
Vancouver - 11-0-0-2 at home.
Everett - 1 win their last 5 games.
Portland - 1 win in their last 8.
Seattle -won 3 of their last 4.
Spokane - 3-5-0-0 in their last 8. 2 of the 3 wins in overtime shootouts.
Tri City - 7 wins ina row. 14-1-0-0 at home this season.

Kootenay @ Spokane

The Kootenay ICE are in Spokane tonight. This is the 8th consecutive road game for the ICE and their 5th straight against a team from the US Division. The ICE have lost 3 of their last 4 games but still are above .500 with 4 wins and 3 losses on this long stretch of road games. This will be the 3rd meeting of the year between ICE are coming off a 3-0 loss to Tri City on Wednesday.Chiefs are coming off a win a against Calgary ending the Hitmen’s winning streak at 11 games. After tonight the ICE have 3 games left before Xmas and all 3 will be at the Rec-Plex.

ICE Back-up

The ICE have 4 games left before Xmas and will have 17-year-old Dylan Tait as their back-up goalie for the 3 at the Rec-Plex. Tait was selected by Kelowna in the 5th round of the 2006 Bantam Draft and plays in the KIJHL. He played 15 games with Beaver Valley and was just acquired by the Kimberley Dynamiters. KIJHL Beaver Valley/Kimberley 16 GP 6-10-0-0 3.84 .885%

Friday, December 5, 2008

Heemskerk leaves the ICE

The Kootenay ICE have announced that goalie Thomas Heemskerk has quit the club and has returned home to Chilliwack. GM Jeff Chynoweth says he was informed by Heemskerk that his heart wasn't into playing in the WHL anymore. The ICE will need an emergency back-up for their game tomorrow in Spokane.

ICE @ Community Events


(Kevin King, Ian Barteaux, Michael Cassivi & Erec Frere)

Family Pak and Flex Pak Sales and Autograph Signing – Tamarack Mall
December 5th from 12 – 8 pm – Eric Frere, Cason Machacek, Kevin King, Drew Czerwonka, Ian Barteaux, Thomas Heemskerk
December 14th from 12 – 5 pm – Brayden McNabb, Tyler Vanscourt, Drew Czerwonka, Max Reinhart, Michael Cassivi, Nathan Lieuwen

Salvation Army Kettle Drive – Safeway
December 8th from 12 – 2 pm – Hayden Rintoul, Dominik Pacovsky, Matt Fraser, Dustin Sylvester
December 16th from 12 – 2 pm – Hayden Rintoul, Michael Stickland, Steele Boomer, Nathan Lieuwen

Bagging Groceries – Save On Foods
December 8th from 12 – 2 pm – Eric Frere, Kevin King, Joe Antilla, Ian Barteaux
December 12th from 12 – 2 pm – Hayden Rintoul, Dominik Pacovsky, Tylan Stephens, Steele Boomer
December 16th from 12 – 2 pm – Kevin King, Jesse Ismond, Max Reinhart, Ian Barteaux

Visiting Classrooms
December 11th – Gordon Terrance – Steele Boomer, Kevin King, Ian Barteaux, Thomas Heemskerk
December 12th – Laurie Middle School – Steele Boomer, Andrew Bailey, Ian Barteaux, John Negrin
December 16th – Amy Woodland – Dominik Pacovsky, Dustin Sylvester, Kevin King, Ian Barteaux

Salvation Army Kettle Drive – Canadian Tire
December 12th from 12 – 2 pm – Matt Fraser, Thomas Heemskerk

Delivering Teddy Bears from the A&W Teddy Bear Toss – Local Health Care Facilities
December 15th – Andrew Bailey, Ian Barteaux, John Negrin

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tri City 3 Kootenay 0

For the 3rd time this season the ICE were shutout as they lost 3-0 to Chet Pickard and the Tri City Americans.
The ICE lost 3 of the 4 games in the US and were outscored 14-8.
They'll visit Spokane on Saturday.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Kootenay @ Tri City

The Kootenay ICE and Tri City Americans will meet for the 1st and only time this season tonight in Kennewick, Washington. The ICE are coming off last night 4-1 loss to the last place Winter Hawks. The Americans are in 1st place in the U.S. Division are and coming off wins over Spokane and Vancouver.
Head-to-head the Amerians have won the last 2 meetings including an overtime shootout win last year. After spending the last 7 days on the road the ICE will return home after tonights game and then will play in Spokane on Saturday.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

DaSilva to China

Canadian Interuniversity Sport and the Canada West Universities Athletic Association announced the 22 Canada West players who will make up Canada’s men’s hockey team at the 2009 Winter Universiade in Harbin, China, February 18-28.
Goaltender: Brant Hilton, Regina (P.A., S.C.)
Goaltender: Aaron Sorochan, Alberta (P.A., Van, Let)
Defence: Derek Endicott, Saskatchewan (R.D., Sas)
Defence: Kyle Fecho, Alberta (Reg, Sea, M.J.)
Defence: Jason Fransoo, Alberta (S.C., Evt)
Defence: Travis Friedley, Calgary (S.C., Evt)
Defence: Craig Lineker, UBC (Reg, Sas, Cgy, Cwk)
Defence: Matt Pepe, UBC
Defence: Ryan Pottruff, Lethbridge
Forward: Steven DaSilva, Saskatchewan (Ktn)
Forward: Steven Gillen, Saskatchewan (Spo, M.J.)
Forward: Mike Hellyer, Manitoba (P.A.)
Forward: Reid Jorgensen, Calgary (Kam)
Forward: Ben Kilgour, Alberta (T.C.)
Forward: Chad Klassen, Alberta (Spo, Sas)
Forward: Ian McDonald, Alberta (T.C.)
Forward: Dustin Moore, Lethbridge (R.D.)
Forward: Brett O’Malley, Calgary (Let, Cgy)
Forward: Kyle Ross, Regina (R.D., Reg)
Forward: Torrie Wheat, Calgary (S.C., Evt)
Forward: Rick Wood, Manitoba
Forward: Brian Woolger, Alberta (Por)

Sylvester WHL POM



For the 7th time in team history an ICE player is the WHL Player of the Month. (Jarret Stoll twice, Zdenek Blatny, Mike Comrie, Duncan Milroy and the most recent Adam Cracknell March/06)

The Western Hockey League announced today that forward Dustin Sylvester, of the Kootenay Ice, has been named the HUSKY WHL Player of the Month for November.
The 19-year-old native of Kelowna, British Columbia, recorded 20 points through November, netting nine goals and 11 assists all while maintaining an outstanding plus minus rating of +12. Sylvester led all WHL players in the points per game category through November averaging 2.00 Pt/G and is currently on a nine game point streak which includes two shorthanded goals.
Sylvester’s consistent play helped the Kootenay Ice post a 6-4-0-0 record through the month of November, which included a five game win streak, and helped move the Ice into a tie for second place in the WHL Central Division with the Medicine Hat Tigers. His efforts also earned him a Three Star selection in four of the Ice’s 10 games played.
Sylvester’s play through the start of the WHL season earned him a selection to participate with Team WHL at the 2008 ADT Canada Russia Challenge which took place last week in Swift Current and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Hockey Canada

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ICE @ Community Events

During the month of December the Kootenay ICE players will be participating in a number of activities including:

Family Pak and Flex Pak Sales and Autograph Signing – Tamarack Mall
December 5th from 12 – 8 pm – Eric Frere, Cason Machacek, Kevin King, Drew Czerwonka, Ian Barteaux, Thomas Heemskerk
December 14th from 12 – 5 pm – Brayden McNabb, Tyler Vanscourt, Drew Czerwonka, Max Reinhart, Michael Cassivi, Nathan Lieuwen

Salvation Army Kettle Drive – Safeway
December 8th from 12 – 2 pm – Hayden Rintoul, Dominik Pacovsky, Matt Fraser, Dustin Sylvester
December 16th from 12 – 2 pm – Hayden Rintoul, Michael Stickland, Steele Boomer, Nathan Lieuwen

Bagging Groceries – Save On Foods
December 8th from 12 – 2 pm – Eric Frere, Kevin King, Joe Antilla, Ian Barteaux
December 12th from 12 – 2 pm – Hayden Rintoul, Dominik Pacovsky, Tylan Stephens, Steele Boomer
December 16th from 12 – 2 pm – Kevin King, Jesse Ismond, Max Reinhart, Ian Barteaux

Visiting Classrooms
December 11th – Gordon Terrance – Steele Boomer, Kevin King, Ian Barteaux, Thomas Heemskerk
December 12th – Laurie Middle School – Steele Boomer, Andrew Bailey, Ian Barteaux, John Negrin
December 16th – Amy Woodland – Dominik Pacovsky, Dustin Sylvester, Kevin King, Ian Barteaux

Salvation Army Kettle Drive – Canadian Tire
December 12th from 12 – 2 pm – Matt Fraser, Thomas Heemskerk

Delivering Teddy Bears from the A&W Teddy Bear Toss – Local Health Care Facilities
December 15th – Andrew Bailey, Ian Barteaux, John Negrin

Monday, December 1, 2008

Kootenay @ Portland

The Kootenay ICE road trip will see them visit the Portland Winter Hawks on Tuesday night.
It’s their 1st and only meeting of the year. Over the last 5 seasons the ICE have won 7 in a row against the Hawks and have outscrored them 30-5.
ICE have won 4 of their last 5 road games while the Winter Hawks have lost 7 in a row.
Dustin Sylvester has 19 points during his 9-game point streak while Andrew Bailey has goals in 6 straight and points in his last 9 games.
Their last game in the Rose City was on Valentine’s Day 2007.
The Winter Hawks went through an ownership and coaching change earlier this season and have gone 5-9-0-0 since the changes.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kootenay 6 Everett 3



The Kootenay ICE scored 5 3rd period goals, 2 into an empty net, for a 6-3 win in Everett. Dustin Sylvester tied a Franchise Record with 3 goals and 4 points in 1 period. It's Sylvester's 2nd career hat-trick and also registered a career high 5 point game. Sylvester scored his league high 6th short handed goal. Sylvester now has points in 9 straight games. Andrew Bailey extended his goals streak to 6 games and point streak to 9 games. Michael Stickland had the game winner and Max Reinhart had the other goal. Nathan Lieuwen made a career high 33 saves for his 5th straight win.

Kootenay @ Everett

The Kootenay ICE are in Everett to play the Silvertips for the 1st and only time this season. In their only meeting last year the ICE won 8-2. The last time they played in Everett was December 5 2006 and the Silvertips won 2-0.
Andrew Bailey has goals in 5 straight games (the longest in the WHL this season was 6) and has points in 8 straight. (7g 7a = 14pts).
Dustin Sylvester also has an 8 game point streak (6g 9a = 15 points).
Everett has 3 players in the top 6 rookie scoring. They are lead in scoring by 17-year-old rookie Kellan Tochkin who didn't play in the league last year after being the 13th overall pick in the 2006 Bantam Draft. Kyle Beach is a 1st round pick of Chicago and defenseman Taylor Ellington is a 2nd round pick of Vancouver.

Seattle 4 Kootenay 1

The ICE winning streak was halted at 5 games with a 4-1 loss in Seattle.
Andrew Bailey extended his goal streak to 5 games and his point streak to 8 games with his 12th goal of the year.
Dustin Sylvester assisted on the goal to extend his point streak to 8 games.
The ICE regular season career record at Key Arena is 11-2-1.
Saturday night the ICE will play in Everett.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

WHL 5 Russia 0

ICE forward Dustin Sylvester was supposed to play in 1 of the 2 games but originally was slated to play in Swift Current. Since he was not on the roster it's should mean he will play tonight in Prince Albert. Defenseman John Negrin was scheduled to play in both games but is battling the flu and won't play in Prince Albert.

Kootenay ICE reminds all hockey fans of the various gift options that they have available for the holiday season.
An adult ticket voucher can be purchased at Cranbrook Save On Foods for only $14.00 or by redeeming 8,000 Save On More points. This voucher can be exchanged for any 2008-2009 Regular Season Home Game.
Family Paks are still on sale for only $45.00. For this low price you receive two adult tickets, two youth or student tickets, a parking voucher, a program voucher and a voucher for two Happy Meals from McDonalds. Family Paks are applicable for all Sunday to Thursday games during the regular season excluding Wednesday, December 31st and are available at the ICE Office and McDonald’s in Cranbrook.
For the ultimate ICE fan, try a Super Six Flex Pak. Flex Paks include six vouchers redeemable for any remaining 2008-2009 regular season home game. Flex Paks are $99.00 for adult, $75.00 for senior / student and $51.00 for youth.
$15.00 and Under
Save On More Adult Ticket Vouchers ($14.00)
Available exclusively at Cranbrook Save On Foods
$45.00 and Under
Kootenay ICE Family Pak ($45.00)
Available at ICE Office, McDonald’s in Cranbrook and Kootenay Collectibles
$100 and Under
Super Six Flex Paks ($51.00, $75.00, $99.00)
Available at the ICE Office and Kootenay Collectibles

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Kootenay @ Seattle

The Kootenay ICE will play game #4 of 8 straight on the road Friday as they visit the Seattle Thunderbirds.
It’s the first and only meeting of the year.
Over the last 6 years the ICE have won 10 straight regular season games against Seattle.
Dustin Sylvester and John Negrin are expected to arrive in time to join the ICE after representing the WHL against Russia.
ICE have won 5 in a row including 3 straight road wins.
Seattle is 3 games below .500 but have played only 6 of their 26 games at home.
Sylvester and Andrew Bailey have 7 game point streaks while Ian Barteaux has a 5 game point streak.
For the 1st time since December 4th 2006 the ICE will play against the Thunderbirds in Seattle. The ICE won that game 3-2 as Curtis Billsten scored the game winner.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

10 Things I Think I Think

1. I think even though there are people wanting to get rid of the WHL vs Russia series, the players still look forward to playing. I mean they're really looking forward to suiting up against the Russians. It won't be a highlight of their careers but it's something they'll talk about for a long time.
2. I think the more poeple complain about there being no Broncos or Raiders in the games being played in Swift Current and Prince Albert the more the powers at be will not make any roster changes. If you are being told you are doing something wrong the first reaction is to defend your decision. But I must say it was pretty electric at the Rec-Plex last year everytime John Negrin, Dustin Sylvester or Andrew Bailey had a shift.
3. I think it's going to be a great experience for the 14 ICE players who haven't been on the US road trip. The game in Seattle will be the last for the ICE at the Key Arena which ahs the loudest sound system in the WHL. Everett has the roudiest fans. Portland's ice surface is about 15 feet short of the regulation 200 feet and it's all taken away in the neutral zone. Tri City has another fast exciting team with graet goaltending. They already know the challenges of playing in Spokane.
4. I think if you are looking for a good read check out Jason Peters "Hero Of The Underground". It's a true story on a former NFL player who got into huge drug problems. Taking heroin, cocaine problems and pain killers and living to tell about it. It's a very disturbing story.
5. I think an even better read is "Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty". It's a real page turner and will make you look at the NFL in a new way.
6. I think the Grey Cup was a disappointing game to watch. Both teams failed to play the exciting CFL style of play with long passes and exciting offensive plays. TSN HD doesn't look as good as ESPN HD.
7. I think TSN is making a lot of sports fans mad in Western Canada. Roberto Luongo has a major injury and they fail to do any investigating but continue to chase Mats Sundin everyday and makes it one of their top stories. Friday night the top story was Toronto Raptor highlights. Not the NHL and not even Grey Cup coverage. With so many sports networks showing the same highlights it's the extra coverage that fans are missing.
8. I think it's going to be tough to be in the USA next week and searching for hockey highlights every night. ESPN does amazing coverage of the NFL and that's sure to be the focus all weekend.
9. I think it's Xmas party season. Make sure you check with your boss to make sure they set up free cab service to get you home. As they say is radio "we'd rather talk to you than about you."
10. I think I may have to rent every season of 24. I checked out a few minutes of season 7 on the weekend and was hooked after only 15 minutes.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Kootenay 4 Moose Jaw 1

The Kootenay ICE have tied a season high 5 game winning streak after a 4-1 win in Moose Jaw. Andrew Bailey scored 2 powerplay goals, Je Antilla had the game winner and Michael Stickland aded insurance. Thomas Heemskerk made 26 saves for the win. Bialey extended his point streak to 7 games and now leads the team with 5 PPG. Dustin Sylvester had 2 assists to extend his point streak to 7 games. Ian Barteaux had 2 assists to extend his point streak to 5 games.
Sylvester will play for Team WHL on Wednesday while John Negrin will play on Wednesday & Thursday for Team WHL.
Next ICE game is Friday in Seattle.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Kootenay 7 Brandon 6 SO

ICE forward Max Reinhart had a Gordie Howe hat-trick in a 7-6 overtime shotout win in Brandon. Reinhart scored on a 3rd period penalty shot and joined Dustin Sylvester in scoring goals in the shootout to win 2-0. Sylvester tied a career high with a 4 point game (2g 2a). Sylvester has a 6 game point streak and has 12 points during the span (6g 6a). Andrew Bailey extended his point streak to 6 games (4g 7a) with 1 goal and 1 assist. Tyler Vanscourt scored his 1st career goal and joined Reinhart in their 1st career fighting majors. Kevin King extednded his point streak to 4 games (4 g 2 a) with a goal and now has goals in 3 straight games. Defenseman Ian Barteaux also has a 4 game point streak. (1 g 3). After losing their 1st 3 shootouts the ICE have won 4 in a row. The ICE have a chance to tie a season high 5 game winning streak Saturday in Moose Jaw.

Kootenay @ Brandon

The Kootenay ICE are in Brandon to play the Wheat Kings for the 1st time this season.
ICE have won 3 in a row and are coming off a win in Ssakatoon.
Wheat Kings are playing their 7th straight home game and have gone 3-3-0-0 including a win over Spokane in their last outing.
Andrew Bailey has 7 points in his last 3 games and has 9 points during a 5 game point streak.
Dustin Sylvester has a 5 game point streak with 8 points during the span.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Kootenay 4 Saskatoon 3

Kootenay ICE Captain Andrew Bailey had 2 goals and 1 assist, plus the game winning goals, in a 4-3 win in Saskatoon. Dustin Sylvester had 1 goal and 1 assist while Kevin King had the other goal. Bailey & Sylvester each had short-handed goals. The ICE have 8 SHG this season and Sylvester leads the WHL with 5. The ICE allowed a season high 34 shots on goal as Nathan Lieuwen earned his 3rd straight win with 31 saves. Road trip continues in Brandon on Friday.

Kootenay @ Saskatoon

The Kootenay ICE will play the 1st of 8 straight road games tonight in Saskatoon. In their previous meeting the ICE led 4-2 with 2 minutes left only to lose 5-4 in overtime.
Since starting the season 1-4, the Blades have since gone 16-2-1. They are on an 11-game home stand and have won the last 5 games.
The hot topic is "why the low attendance". The Blades are averaging 4,160. Last year in a non-playof season they averaged 4,300.
Steele Boomer is still out with a concussion.
Nathan Lieuwen should get the start in net.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

CSS

NHL Central Scouting Service's Preliminary Rankings.

1. D Jared Cowen, Spokane
2. C Evander Kane, Vancouver
3. C Brayden Schenn, Brandon
4. C Scott Glennie, Brandon
5. D Stefan Elliott, Saskatoon
6. RW Carton Ashton, Lethbridge
7. D Tommi Kivisto, Red Deer
8. D Tyson Barrie, Kelowna
9. C Landon Ferraro, Red Deer
10. D Ryan Button, Prince Albert
11. C Jimmy Bubnick, Kamloops
12. RW Burke Gallimore, Saskatoon
13. LW Cass Mappin, Red Deer
14. LW Ryan Howse, Chilliwack
15. D Brayden McNabb, Kootenay
16. C Tomas Vincour, Edmonton
17. RW Garrett Mitchell, Regina
18. LW Adam Hughesman, Tri-City
19. RW Willie Coetzee, Red Deer
20. C Cody Eakin, Swift Current
21. D Brodie Melynchuck, Brandon
22. D Collin Bowman, Kelowna
23. RW Stepan Novotny, Kelowna
24. C Dalibor Bortnak, Kamloops
25. D Brennan Yadlowski, Lethbridge

GOALTENDERS
1. Nathan Lieuwen, Kootenay
2. Jon Groenheyde, Kamloops
3. Damien Ketlo, Regina
4. Darcy Kuemper, Red Deer
5. Jamie Tucker, Vancouver

Monday, November 17, 2008

10 Things I Think I Think

1. I think there hasn't been one complaint about how much fun it is to watch this years' Kootenay ICE. Especially when they worked as hard and as committed they were on the weekend. They may be a team is transition but we can see the benefits of the growing pains already.
2. I think other than Calgary the East Conference is a even battle. Anyone can beat anyone else an any given night.
3. I think it's no coincidence that the 3 teams that have the best records in the WHL have the best defensemen core. Vancouver, Calgary and Saskatoon each have an amazing top 4 and a very deep top 6. It worked for the NHL's Detroit Red Wings last year.
4. I think Portland, who are 6-3-0 since the coaching change, are not out of the playoff race in the West. They are 6 points out of the last playoff spot. They were 2-12-0 before the change.
5. I think next week will be a busy one for John Negrin who will play 2 games against Russia on Wednesday & Thursday, then will fly to Seattle in time for the ICE game on the Friday and then also play Saturday in Everett. Dustin Sylvester will be with hi the whole time but will play in 1 game against Russia.
6. I think everyone who helped make the tail-gate party a success should be proud of themselves. It takes a lot of planning and work just to make sure the 2 hours go smoothly.
7. I think the point system should be 4 points for a regulation win, 3 points for an overtime win and 2 points for a shootout win. The loser should get 1 point for an overtime or shootout loss. There has been some talk about a 3-2-1 but I like 4-3-2-1. Can you imagine a tie game with 5 minutes left knowing you could gain 4 points with a win in regulation. Most nights both teams will be going harder for a win.
8. I think looking at the Russian roster for the games against the CHL do not have a lot of their best players. If this format has run it's course then it may be time to go back to WHL All-Star Games. It used to be a skills competition one night followed by a game the next night.
9. I think in the NFL Tennessee will get to 14-0. They're 10-0 with NY Jets, Detroit, Cleveland & Houston in the next 4 weeks. They end the season with Pittsburgh & Indianapolis.
10. I think in the NHL Ottawa is the biggest disappointment. They're trying hard to make a trade but I don't believe the Spezza rumours.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Kootenay 5 Edmonton 0

Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE forward Dustin Sylvester had 2 goals and 1 assist while goalie Nathan Lieuwen made 13 saves for his 2nd shutout in a 5-0 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings in WHL action on Saturday night.

Edmonton’s Clay Cumiskey had a penalty shot and was stopped by Nathan Lieuwen who made a blocker save. It was the 1st penalty shot in Lieuwen’s career.
24 seconds later Dustin Sylvester would score the 1st goal of the game as he was close to being on a breakaway, Oil Kings goalie came out of his net to play the puck but his clearing attempt was blocked by Sylvester who then had an open net.
Sylvester made it 2-0 as he busted through 2 defenseman and crashed the net for a chip in through the legs.
Andrew Bailey made it 3-0 with a waist high deflection off a Sylvester shot.
Kevin King would score 2 power-play goals on 2 rebounds near the crease to make the score 5-0 after 2 periods.

The ICE will play their next 8 games on the road.

Game Summary
Edmonton 9-13-1-3 Kootenay 12-9-2-3

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Sylvester 9 (Bailey) 15:26
Missed penalty shot – Cumiskey Edm, 15:02
Penalties – Pearson Edm (slashing) 6:14, Pacovsky Ktn (interference) 15:16.
2nd Period
2. Kootenay, Sylvester (2) 10 9:00
3. Kootenay, Bailey 6 (Sylvester) 10:45
4. Kootenay, King 8 (Negrin, Barteaux) 18:00 pp
5. Kootenay, King (2) 9 (Fraser, Negrin) 19:35 pp
Penalties – Negrin Ktn (interference) 3:08, Pearson Edm (fighting) Barteaux (fighting) 10:47, Van de Mosselaer Edm (hooking) 16:55, Tervonen Edm (cross checking) 18:46.
3rd Period
No Scoring
Penalties – Tervonen Edm (check from behind) 4:41, Burns Edm (elbowing major, game misconduct) Bailey Ktn (roughing) 7:12, Vanscourt (holding) 11:09, Breitkruz Edm (fighting) Bailey Ktn (fighting) 16:27, Machacek Ktn (holding) 16:18.
Shots on goal by
Edmonton - 5 - 3 – 5 = 13
Kootenay - 11 – 23 – 11 = 45
Goal (shots-saves) – Edmonton: Cam Lanigan (L 3-3-0-0) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 6-4-0-1)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Edmonton: 0/4 Kootenay: 2/5
Referee – Andy Theissen
Linesmen – Jeff Jobson, Michael Boisvert
Attendance – 2,833

Friday, November 14, 2008

Kootenay 4 Lethbridge 2

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE doubled the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-2 in WHL action on Friday night.

Lethbridge opened the scoring as Dwight Kings’ attempted pass was blocked and returned to him and he snapped a shot through the goalies’ legs.
The ICE tied the game 1-1 on a 5-on-3 power-play as Michael Stickland was open in the slot and fired a wrist shot high on the stickside.
23 seconds later the ICE scored on another power-play as defenseman Ian Barteaux’s long slap shot went through the goalies’ legs.
ICE had a 3-1 lead as Tylan Stephens scored on a backhand after receiving a pass from Andrew Bailey.
Lethbridge made it 3-2 on a 5-on-3 powerplay as Dwight King scored his 2nd of the game with a snap shot that went in off the goalies’ blocker.
The ICE added an empty netter as Dustin Sylvester scored his 8th of the season

The ICE will host Edmonton on Saturday.

Game Summary
Lethbridge 9-11-0-1 Kootenay 11-9-2-3

1st Period
1. Lethbridge, King 8 (Yadlowski) 1:46
2. Kootenay, Stickland 8 (King, Negrin) 6:24 pp
3. Kootenay, Barteaux 4 (Bailey, McNabb) 6:47 pp
Penalties – Ross Leth (high sticking) 4:56, Mestery Leth (boarding) 5:26, Yadlowski (tripping) 7:59, Sylvester Ktn (hooking) 12:44, Iwanski Leth (slashing) 16:47.
2nd Period
4. Kootenay, Stephens 9 (Bailey, King) 16:31
5. Lethbridge, King (2) 9 (Boychuk, Henke) 19:10 pp
Penalties – Bench (too many men) 17:27, Barteaux Ktn (hooking) 18:59.
3rd Period
6. Kootenay, Sylvester 8 (Negrin, Stickland) 19:55 en
Penalties – Henke Leth (hooking) 1:10.
Shots on goal by
Lethbridge – 7 - 9 - 7 = 23
Kootenay - 13 – 10 – 9 = 32
Goal (shots-saves) – Lethbridge: Juha Metsola (L 7-11-0-1) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 5-4-0-1)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Lethbridge: 1/3 Kootenay: 2/5
Referee – Andy Theissen
Linesmen – Jeff Jobson, Matthew Barker
Attendance – 2,663

Reinhart on Team Pacific

The Under-17 tournament goes Dec 29-Jan 4/09 in Port Alberni, BC.
Team Pacific consists of players from Alberta & BC.

Goalies
Simpson, Kent - Edmonton, AB - Everett
Hamilton, Keith - Kelowna, BC - Portland
Defensemen
Rutkowski, Troy - Edmonton, AB - Portland
Pysyk, Mark - Sherwood Park, AB - Edmonton
Theriau, Alex - Surrey, BC - Lethbridge
Chapman, Mitch - Summerland, BC - Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) Kelowna
Petrovic, Alex - Edmonton, AB - Red Deer
Madaisky, Austin - Surrey, BC - Calgary
Cox, Connor - Lethbridge, AB - Moose Jaw
Forwards
Sundher, Kevin - Surrey, BC - Chilliwack
Gal, Blake - Lethbridge, AB - Spokane
Reinhart, Max - West Vancouver, BC - Kootenay
Connolly, Brett - Prince George, BC - Prince George
Nicholls, Josh - Delta, BC - Saskatoon
Gallagher, Brendon - Delta, BC - Vancouver
Feser, Justin - Red Deer, AB - Tri City Americans
MacMaster, Nathan - Calgary, AB - Moose Jaw
Ross, Brad - Lethbridge, AB – Portland
Lund, Chance - Fairview, AB - Seattle
Ranford, Brendan - Edmonton, AB - Kamloops
Weal, Jordan - North Vancouver, BC - Regina Pats (WHL)
Harrison, Ryan - Kelowna, BC - Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

DaSilva GOM

The Canada West Universities Athletic Association and the Western Hockey League are pleased to announce that forward STEVEN DaSILVA of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies has been named the Canada West Hockey - HUSKY WHL Graduate of the Month for October 2008.
DaSILVA, a 21-year-old freshman forward from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, becomes the first winner of the award in 2008-09. The former member of the Kootenay Ice made quite an impression in his first month of play in Canadian Interuniversity Sport hockey, scoring at more than a point-per-game pace with 6-14-20 in 11 games. DaSILVA’s offensive production helped the Huskies to a 6-4-1 record and a number three ranking in the CIS Top Ten.
The 6’0”, 189 pound Arts & Science student received 29 points and first five place votes to finish eight points in front of Dustin Moore of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

Lethbridge @ Kootenay

The Kootenay ICE will host Lethbridge Friday night at the Rec-Plex.
It's the 3rd meeting of the year, back in September Lethbridge won 4-3 in a shootout and 1-0.
The ICE haven't played since last Friday and have lost a season low 3-games in a row in regulation.
Saturday they host Edmonton and then will play the next 8 on the road.
Lethbridge is playing their 7th road game in a row. Hurricanes have lost 5 in a row and have 1 win in their last 8 games.
Lethbridge is without 20-year-old defenseman Ben Wright due to a minor knee injury.

SAPUTO NIGHT: When the ICE host the LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES on Friday, November 14 it will be SAPUTO NIGHT…Fans it attendance will have the chance to take part in a cheese race to win prizes from SAPUTO and SAVE ON FOODS.

PACIFIC COASTAL NIGHT: On Saturday, November 15 following the TAILGATE PARTY, it will be PACIFIC COASTAL NIGHT…Fans in attendance will be able to learn more about PACIFIC COASTAL and have the opportunity to win a great prize.

TAILGATE PARTY: On Saturday, November 15 when the ICE host the EDMONTON OIL KINGS there will be a TAILGATE PARTY hosted by the KOOTENAY ICE and the CHAMPIONS OF THE ICE…From 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the CRANBROOK RECPLEX parking lot there will be food, drinks, prizes and music for the whole family and if the temperature drops there will be heaters to keep everyone warm.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Czerwonka on Team West

The Under-17 tournament goes Dec 29-Jan 4/09 in Port Alberni, BC.
Team West consists of players from Saskatchewan & Manitoba.

Goaltenders:
Calvin Pickard Seattle
Derek Tendler (Regina, SMHL) Regina
Defencemen:
Carter Berg Chilliwack
Tyler Kizuik (Regina, SMHL) Prince George
Kyle Krzyzaniak (Neepawa, MJHL) Brandon
Kendall McFaull (Saskatoon, SMHL) Moose Jaw
Dylan McIlrath Moose Jaw
Peter Stoykewyck (Wpg South Blues, MJHL) Tri City
Nolan Zajac (Wpg Thrashers, MMHL)
Forwards:
Sean Aschim (Prince Albert, SMHL) Prince Albert
Drew Czerwonka Kootenay
Jordan DePape (Wpg Saints, MJHL) Brandon
Dominick Favreau Regina
Matt Glowa (Wpg Thrashers, MMHL) Prince Albert
Quinton Howden Moose Jaw
Charles Inglis Saskatoon
Brooks Macek Tri-City
Christian Magnus Swift Current
Jaden Schwartz (Notre Dame, SJHL) Tri City
Michael St. Croix (Wpg Wild, MMHL) Edmonton
Mark Stone Brandon
Dylan Wruck (Beardy's, SMHL) Edmonton

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

10 Things I Think I Think

1. I think the Kootenay ICE, at 1 game above .500, are right where they expected to be at this time of the season. They have the 2nd youngest team in the league and probably play their 16 & 17 year olds in more crucial situations than any other team. They have the youngest goalie tandem. They lost 4 players from their #1 power-play unit. Plus they had the busiest and toughest schedule to start the season.
2. I think Brandon, 5th place in East, and Lethbridge, T-5th in the Central, are not where they expected to be at this time of the season. Look for both teams to make a turn for the better over the next 5-6 weeks.
3. I think Vancouver with 0 regulation losses are not where anyone expected them to be at this time of the season. It's usually this time of the year the Giants get a couple of top quality players to leave the BCHL and play in the WHL. If it happens again they may be primed for another long run.
4. I think Giants goalie Tyson Sexsmith setting the WHL career record with his 22nd shutout came with an amazing amount of quiet fanfare. Sure he played for some great teams and maybe had some easy nights but it still takes a perfect game to get a shutout. By the end of the year he could have 30 career shutouts and a record that may never be broken.
5. I think the league should have a broadcaster of the year award and name it after the Tigers' Bob Ridley. There is no one that I rely on more for advice than Bob. If the Hockey Hall of Fame can induct a broadcaster annually then the WHL at the very least can recognize 1 person a year.
6. I think when the WHL plays Russia in Swift Current and Prince Albert this month, they should find a way to get a local player on the roster. As of now there is no Bronco or Raider on the roster.
7. I think the ICE playing 8 road games in row is not a franchise record. Remember they started the 00-01 season with 10 straight on the road and had a 8-1-0-1 record.
8. I think it was strange to see Moose Jaw and Regina make a signifigant trade. Goalie Jeff Bosch for forward Neal Prokop was announced on Monday. They are 2 major rivals and usually avoid exchanging players.
9. I think even tough the NFL Titans haven't lost a game the NY Giants, with 1 loss, are the best team. Remember the long winning streak they had last year on the way to winning a Super Bowl.
10. I think ... is not punctuation. When did that start?

Monday, November 10, 2008

ICE at Mr. Mike's



Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse & Bar along with the Kootenay ICE are pleased to announce that over $1500 was raised for the United Way during the 2008 Tip the ICE Night held Sunday night.
Several players including Dustin Sylvester waited on tables Sunday with all the donations they received in serving and selling bracelets going to the local United Way.
The ICE, Mr. Mike’s and the United Way would like to thank everyone who came down and attended the event making it a success.
Pictures from the event can be found at www.kootenayice.net under the Photos tab.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Calgary 5 Kootenay 2

Cranbrook, BC – Calgary scored 3 power-play goals in a 5-2 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Friday night.

Calgary opened the scoring as MacKenzie Royer scored on a long snap shot that beat the goalie on the stick side.
Hitmen made it 2-0 on a power-play as Bostjan Golicic found a wide open Paul Postma near the net for a tap-in goal.
ICE made it 2-1 on a 3-on-1 break as Dustin Sylvester fed Max Reinhart crashing the crease and banged in the goal.
Hitmen made it 3-1 as Brendan Rowinski redirected a pass in the crease from Tyler Fiddler.
Rowinski added a power-play goal as he chipped in a back hand from close to the net.
ICE changed goalies as Nathan Lieuwen replaced Thomas Heemskerk.
Calgary scored their 3rd power-play goal of the night on a 5-on-3 advantage as Kyle Bortis had an open net from the bottom of the right circle.
ICE made it 5-2 as Drew Czerwonka scored on a power-play.

ICE will host Lethbridge next Friday.

Game Summary
Calgary 16-4-1-0 Kootenay 10-9-2-3

1st Period
1. Calgary, Royer 2 2:59
2. Calgary, Postma 3 (Golicic, Stone) 10:27 pp
3. Kootenay, Reinhart 3 (Sylvester, Bailey) 17:02
Penalties – Bench Calg (too many men) 5:51, McNabb Ktn (hooking) 8:37, Madiasky Calg (boarding) 13:42, Plante Calg (instigator, fighting, misconduct) Stickland Ktn (check from behind, fighting) 15:34,
2nd Period
4. Calgary, Rowinski 4 (Fiddler) 1:11
5. Calgary, Rowinski 5 (Bonsor, Fiddler) 5:34 pp
6. Calgary, Bortis 11 (Kozun, Plante) 14:13 5-on-3 pp
Penalties – Barteaux Calg (interference) 3:55, Lieuwen Ktn (delay of game) 8:22, Barteaux Ktn (interference)
3rd Period
7. Kootenay, Czerwonka 5 (McNabb) 4:23 pp
Penalties – Schultz Calg (fighting) Fraser Ktn (fighting) 1:18, Plante Calg (interference) 4:18, King Ktn (delay of game) 6:40, Sonne Calg (roughing) McNabb Ktn (roughing) 11:01,
Shots on goal by
Calgary - 7 – 11 - 9 = 27
Kootenay – 6 - 3 – 10 = 19
Goal (shots-saves) – Calgary: Martin Jones (W 10-2-1-0) Kootenay: Thomas Heemskerk (25:34 13-9) (L 6-5-2-2) Nathan Lieuwen (5:34 second 13-14)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Calgary: 3/7 Kootenay: 1/3
Referees – Russ Berdusco, Sean Raphael
Linesmen – Michael Roberts, Jim Maniago
Attendance – 3,335

Kootenay vs Calgary

The Kootenay ICE and Calgary Hitmen will meet for the 4th time this season tonight at the Rec-Plex. The home team has won the previous 3 meetings including a 6-2 Hitmen win on Monday.
Tyler Vanscourt (knee) is questionable for the game. Since the ICE don't play again until next Friday he may get another day off to recover.
Drew Czerwonka should return after missing 5 games to a concussion. He has missed 12 games this season, 7 game suspension and 5 games to the concussion. In between he hasn't missed a game.
Tonight will be Kevin King's 150th career game.

Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse & Bar will be hosting the 1st annual Tip the ICE Night on Sunday, November 9th.
Members of the Kootenay ICE will be turning in their sticks and skates for mugs, plates and cutlery to help raise money for the United Way of Cranbrook.
All tips received by the players and coaches that will be working from 5:00 – 8:00 pm will be donated to the United Way.
Waiting tables will be veterans Andrew Bailey, Ian Barteaux, Eric Frere, Kevin King, John Negrin, Dustin Sylvester and Michael Stickland.
In addition to waiting on tables, Tylan Stephens will be the evenings maitre d’ and coaches Mark Holick and Kris Knoblauch will be serving as doormen.
Seating for the evening at Mr. Mike’s will be a first come, first serve based. For more information about tables please contact Mr. Mike’s at 250-417-2542.

On Saturday, November 15 when the ICE host the EDMONTON OIL KINGS there will be a TAILGATE PARTY hosted by the KOOTENAY ICE and the CHAMPIONS OF THE ICE…From 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the CRANBROOK RECPLEX parking lot there will be food, drinks, prizes and music for the whole family and if the temperature drops there will be heaters to keep everyone warm.
There will have prizes, hot dogs, drinks, music, lights and heaters.
The Champions of the ICE are cooking and serving it up, Pepsi is donating drinks, Finnegan's on Ice is serving the liquor, Old Dutch is donating the chips. Shivers will be there and one or two players will stop by.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Calgary 6 Kootenay 2

The ICE played their 5th game in 7 nights and lost 6-2 in Calgary. Tylan Stephens, team leading 8th, and Kevin King with his 7th were the goal scorers. 4 of the 5 games were on the road and the ICE lost 4-0 in Edmonton and 5-1 in Spokane. The wins were 3-2 in Red Deer and 4-2 at home against Medicine Hat. The ICE gave up the 1st goal in 4 of the 5 games and trailed in all 5 games. Friday they host Calgary.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Kootenay @ Calgary

The Kootenay ICE will travel to Calgary Monday to play the 1st place Hitmen.
For the ICE it'll be their 5th game in 7 nights and are coming off a 5-1 loss to Spokane on Saturday.
The Hitmen beat Medicine Hat 2-1 Sunday afternoon.
The clubs will meet again Friday at the Rec-Plex.
It's the 3rd meeting of the season. The home teams won the previous meetings back in September.
The ICE are 4 points behind Calgary for 1st place in the Central Division with the Hitmen having 3 games in hand.
Calgary has the leagues' best home winning percentage with 11 wins in 12 games at the Saddledome.

Spokane 5 Kootenay 1

Chiefs forward Levko Koper scored 3 goals in a 5-1 win over the Kootenay ICE. The lone ICE goal came on the power-play from Tylan Stephens. The score was not indicative of the play as the ICE played a strong game but the Chiefs scored 2 nice power-play goals and also got a couple of generous bounces around the crease. The ICE had another one of those games where they failed to capitilize on their chances. Steele Boomer was stopped on a penalty shot late in the 1st period.
Monday the ICE visit Calgary and then will host the Hitmen on Friday.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Kootenay 4 Medicine Hat 2

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE scored 3 3rd period goals in a 4-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers in WHL action on Friday night.

Tigers opened the scoring right off the opening face-off with a 2-on-0 break as Wacey Hamilton scored after receiving a pass near the crease. The goal was the fastest by an ICE opposition to start a game in franchise history.
ICE tied it 1-1 late in the 2nd period as Dominik Pacovsky came off the corner board and fired a snap shot by the screened goalie.
Early in the 3rd the ICE took a 2-1 lead as Michael Stickland fed Kevin King crashing the crashed and banged in the goal.
ICE made it 3-1 on a breakaway as Dustin Sylvester scored his league leading 4th shorthanded goal with a wrist shot top corner of the glove side.
Tigers pulled their goalie and scored with seconds left as Bretton Cameron’s shot hit an ICE skate and went into the net.
ICE would put the game away with an empty net goal from Michael Stickland.

The ICE will visit Spokane on Saturday.

Game Summary
Medicine Hat 7-5-2-2 Kootenay 10-6-2-3

1st Period
1. Medicine Hat, Ringrose 5 (Hamilton, Dunstall) :08
Penalties – Bailey Ktn (kneeing) :34, Gal MH (double roughing) Fraser Ktn (double roughing) 10:40, McCue MH (boarding) 16:05, McCue MH (charging) 18:31.
2nd Period
2. Kootenay, Pacovsky 3 (Boomer) 18:35
Penalties – McCue MH (roughing) 1:23, Ringrose MH (delay of game) 1:33, Koper MH (interference) 7:04, King Ktn (cross checking) 13:16, McNabb Ktn (hooking) 15:02.
3rd Period
3. Kootenay, King 6 (Stickland, Stephens) 8:34
4. Kootenay, Sylvester 7 (Bailey) 16:08 sh
5. Medicine Hat, Cameron 3 (Dunstall) 19:40
6. Kootenay, Stickland 7 19:47 en
Penalties – Grant MH (tripping) 9:15, Barteaux Ktn (hooking) 15:13,
Shots on goal by
Medicine Hat - 8 - 6 – 9 = 23
Kootenay - 11 – 11 – 30 = 30
Goal (shots-saves) – Medicine Hat: Ryan Holfeld (L 7-4-2-1) Kootenay: Thomas Heemskerk (W 6-3-2-2)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Medicine Hat: Kootenay:
Referees – Ryan Bonnett, Dan Cowley
Linesmen – Bobby Beddinfeld, Mike Boisvert
Attendance – 2,525

McNabb on WHL Web TV

Throughout the 2008-09 WHL Season WHL WEB TV will highlight our top NHL prospects as we approach the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. On this edition of WHL WEB TV – NHL Top Prospect Watch we feature the Kootenay Ice’s Brayden McNabb. The 17 year-old defenceman from Davidson, Saskatchewan is entering his second full season with the Kootenay Ice. McNabb was the Kootenay Ice’s second round selection at the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft picked 37th overall.

http://www.whl.ca/video/?video_id=247

Thursday, October 30, 2008

2 ICE to play against Russia

For the 2nd year in a row Dustin Sylvester and John Negrin will play for the WHL against Russia. The games are November 26 & 27 in Swift Current & Prince Albert.

Forwards (15): Club: Hometown:
Bast, Jason Moose Jaw Moose Jaw, SK
Beach, Kyle* Everett Kelowna, BC
Benn, Jamie Kelowna Victoria, BC
Boychuk, Zach* Lethbridge Airdrie, AB
Broda, Joel Moose Jaw Prince Albert, SK
Calvert, Matt Brandon Brandon, MB
Eberle, Jordan* Regina Regina, SK
Ennis, Tyler* Medicine Hat Edmonton, AB
Kane, Evander** Vancouver Vancouver, BC
Kozun, Brandon Calgary Calgary, AB
Sceviour, Colton Lethbridge Red Deer, AB
Schenn, Braydon** Brandon Saskatoon, SK
Sonne, Brett Calgary Maple Ridge, BC
Sylvester, Dustin Kootenay Kelowna, BC
Tyrell, Dana Prince George Airdire, AB

Defence (8): Club: Hometown:
Aulie, Keith Brandon Rouleau, SK
Cowen, Jared** Spokane Allan, SK
Hamonic, Travis Moose Jaw St. Malo, MB
Hickey, Thomas* Seattle Calgary, AB
Myers, Tyler* Kelowna DeWinton, AB
Negrin, John Kootenay Vancouver, BC
Spurgeon, Jared Spokane Edmonton, AB
Teubert, Colten Regina White Rock, BC

Goaltenders (2): Club: Hometown:
Pickard, Chet* Tri-City Americans Winnipeg, MB
Tokarski, Dustin Spokane Watson, SK

Kootenay hosts Medicine Hat

The Kootenay ICE will host Medicine Hat Friday night at the Rec-Plex.
This is the 2nd meeting of the year between the clubs. On October 13th the ICE won 4-3 in an overtime shootout in Medicine Hat.
The ICE are looking to put the finishing touches on a solid month of October. In the 13 games so far this month the ICE have earned 17 of a possible 26 points.
The Tigers have only played 10 games this month and are 2 games above .500 for the month.
This is the 1st time the Tigers have been in Cranbrook since last seasons’ 1st round playoff match-up.
The ICE have a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games. At home the ICE have 4-0-1 in their last 5.
The Tigers have played 7 road games this and have only 1 win and 3 losses in overtime and shootouts.
The ICE are 5 points ahead of the Tigers in the standings but the Tigers have 5 games in hand.
The ICE are back home after a come from behind win over Red Deer on Wednesday.
The Tigers haven’t played since Saturday when they lost at home to Calgary. Specialty teams could be the difference tonight as the Tigers’ are ranked 4th on the PP and 2nd on the PK.
It’s the start of tough games for the ICE who visit Spokane tomorrow and play Calgary twice next week.
Special start time for Halloween night is 8pm.