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.

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.

Kootenay 3 Red Deer 2

Kootenay ICE forward Matt Fraser scored 2 goals including the game winner in the final minute of the 3rd period for a 3-2 win in Red Deer. Defenseman Hayden Rintoul had the other goal that tied the game 2-2 midway through the 3rd period. It's the 3rd win for the ICE when trailing after 2 periods. In their last 10 games the ICE are 7-1-2. Halloween night they host Medicine Hat at 8pm

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Edmonton 4 Kootenay 0

For the 2nd time this season the ICE were shutout as they lost 4-0 in Edmonton. The club dominated the 1st period but trailed 1-0. The second period was the poorest performance of the season and they couldn't recover. The ICE were outshot for the 1st time all season. The streak ends at 18 games.
Tonight they play Red Deer for the 3rd time this season. The home team has won the previous 2 encounters.

Monday, October 27, 2008

10 Things I Think I Think

1. I think the ICE are on their way to setting a team record for overtime games in one season. After 18 games (1/4 of the season) the club has played in 8 extra periods. That makes them on pace for 32 OT games. Last year they set the team record with 19 games (11 decided in OT and 8 in SO).
2. I think I am tired of people complaining that the league has to do a better job when making the WHL schedule. The schedule is done by all the GM's and not by league officials. They do the best they can and every team has a few hiccups.
3. I think I liked the league schedule when it used to be the ICE played every team at home and the road at least once a season. No visits to the BC Division doesn't seem right.
4. I think I wasn't suprised when on Alan Caldwell's blog (link to the left) he compiled the travel distances travel by all the teams and the ICE came in 2nd overall. I was suprised that Brandon was 1st and Prince George was 3rd.
5. I think we'll be seeing new uniforms by WHL teams as early as next year. RBK has been overwhelmed doing all the NHL jersey's that last 2 years but should be caught up by this season.
6. I think I can't wait for Daylights Savings time. It's pretty dark in the mornings.
7. I think there are some great 16-year olds in the WHL. Edmonton's Mark Pysyk & Prince George's Brett Connolly had solid games at the Rec-Plex but Moose Jaw's Quinton Howden has been the best 16-year old playing against the ICE this season.
8. I think I am not suprised Colton Gillies, Brandon Sutter and Luke Schenn made their NHL clubs. I am suprised Luca Sbisa and Oscar Moller are in the NHL and are looking very impressive.
9. I think it's going to be the 2010-11 season before the ICE play a game in the new rink in Kent, Washington, the new home of the Seattle Thunderbirds. The ICE are scheduled to play in Seattle in a few weeks but the new building won't be ready.
10. I think if you are covering a hockey game for newspaper, radio or TV and are not responsible for picking the 3-stars and you don't like the selections ... pick your own. Some people just have to find new ways to be negative.

Kootenay @ Edmonton

The Kootenay ICE are in Edmonton Tuesday to play the Oil Kings.
It's the 2nd meeting of the season.
On September 28th Edmonton took a 2-1 win at the Rec-Plex.
The ICE have earned points in their last 7 games while Edmonton has 1 win in their last 6.
On the road the ICE have 2 wins and 1 overtime loss in their last 3 games. Meanwhile Edmonton has lost their last 4 home games.
Forwards Kevin King and Tylan Stephens each have 5 points in their last 2 games.
The ICE go into the game in 2nd place in the Central while the Oil Kings are in last place.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pink Sticks

In case you missed the live announcement on the Post-Game Show ... $6,300 was raised for A Breast In The Rockies on pink stick night on Saturday. Last years' total was $5,000.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Saskatoon 5 Kootenay 4 OT

Cranbrook, BC – The Saskatoon Blades beat the Kootenay ICE 5-4 in overtime in WHL action on Saturday night.

Blades’ opened the scoring as Darian Dziuryzynski scored on a breakaway with a snapshot through the goalies’ legs.
The ICE tied it 1-1 late in the 1st period as Andrew Bailey deflected a point shot from Ian Barteaux.
ICE took a 2-1 lead early in the 2nd period as John Negrin fired a shot that beat the screened goal low on the glove side.
Blades’ tied it late in the 2nd period as Dziurynski scored his 2nd of the game on a power-play finding a loose puck in a goal mouth scramble.
With 5 minutes left the ICE scored 2 quick goals to take a 4-2 lead as Kevin King and Tylan Stephens found the net.
Blades Derek Hulak brought them within a goal and then with their goalie on the bench Burke Gallimore scored to force overtime.
In overtime Gallimore got the game winner with a spin around in the middle slot.

The Blades have points in 10 straight games (9-0-1), while the ICE have points in 7 straight games. (5-0-2)

The ICE will visit Edmonton on Tuesday.

Game Summary
Saskatoon 10-4-1-0 Kootenay 8-5-2-3

1st Period
1. Saskatoon, Dziurzynski 1 (Niemi, Wintoneak) 7:39
2. Kootenay, Bailey 5 (Barteaux, McNabb) 17:41
Penalties – Inglis Sask (fighting) Czerwonka Ktn (fighting) 2:43, Klassen Sask (hooking) 4:38, Wintoneak Sask (kneeing) 13:16, Funk Sask (roughing) 15:34.
2nd Period
3. Kootenay, Negrin 3 (Antilla, Fraser) 2:22
4. Saskatoon, Dziurzynski 2 (2) (Elliott, Patterson) 17:35 pp
Penalties – Reich Sask (roughing, fighting) Fraser (fighting) 8:38, Kytnar Sask (roughing) Sylvester Ktn (roughing) 9:47, Holtby Sask (delay of game) Zahn Sask (unsportsmanlike) Pacovsky Ktn (unsportsmanlike) 11:02, Kytnar Sask (fighting) Stickland (boarding, roughing, fighting) 14:27.
3rd Period
5. Kootenay, King 5 (Stephens, Negrin) 15:20
6. Kootenay, Stephens 6 (Stickland) 16:54
7. Saskatoon, Hulak 3 18:10
8. Saskatoon, Gallimore 8 (Hulak, Wintoneak) 19:53
Penalties – Toomey Sask (roughing) McNabb Ktn (roughing) 4:13, Negrin Ktn (holding) 5:08.
9. Saskatoon, Gallimore 9 (2) (Chorneyko, Joe) 3:01
Shots on goal by
Saskatoon – 6 – 13 - 7 – 3 = 29
Kootenay - 9 – 15 – 10 – 1 = 35
Goal (shots-saves) – Saskatoon: Braden Holtby (W 8-3-0-0) Kootenay: Thomas Heemskerk (L 4-3-2-2)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Saskatoon: 1-3 Kootenay: 0-5
Referee – Graham Skilliter
Linesmen – Matthew Barker, Jim Maniago
Attendance – 2,645

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kootenay 6 Prince George 3

Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE forward Kevin King had 1 goal and 3 assists in a 6-3 win over the Prince George Cougars in WHL action on Friday night.

Prince George opened the scoring on a power-play as Dana Tyrell was left alone in front of the net an converted on a one-time redirection.
Off the next face-off Parker Stanfield got a breakaway and scored on a forehand deke. The goals came 5 seconds apart which is a record for a Kootenay ICE game.
Before the end of the 1st period the ICE would tie it with a couple of power-play goals. Off a face-off win Dominik Pacovsky scored on a low wrist shot that beat the screened goalie.
On another power-play Matt Fraser came off the corner boards and drove to the crease to stuff in the goal.
ICE took a 3-2 lead in the 2nd period as Drew Czerwonka banked one in from behind the net of the goalies’ legs.
Kevin King made it 4-2 on the power-play as he one-timed a pass from Tylan Stephens.
Stephens would add to the lead with a spin around backhand shot from in front of the net.
Cougars Brett Connolly scored to make it 5-3 as he went to the crease and buried on a forehand deke.
In the 3rd period defenseman Hayden fired a slap shot past the screened goalie high on the glove side.

The ICE have won 5 in a row and have points in their last 7 games and will host Saskatoon on Saturday.

Game Summary
Prince George 7-8-0-0 Kootenay 8-5-1-3

1st Period
1. Prince George, Tyrell 11 (Viedensky) 9:17 pp
2. Prince George, Stanfield 4 9:22
3. Kootenay, Pacovsky 2 (Negrin, King) 13:42 pp
4. Kootenay, Fraser 2 (Pacovsky, King) 17:07 pp
Penalties – Halliday PG (fighting) Czerwonka Ktn (fighting) 8:28, Boomer Ktn (tripping) 8:47, Boomer Ktn (high sticking) 9:35, Connolly PG (holding) 12:42, Stanfield PG (interference) 14:35, Jackson PG (delay of game) 15:26, Cumming PG (cross checking) 17:07, McNabb Ktn (tripping) 19:53.
2nd Period
5. Kootenay, Czerwonka 4 (Rintoul, Sylvester) 2:25
6. Kootenay, King 4 (Stephens, Barteaux) 11:55 pp
7. Prince George, Connolly 6 (Scherger) 17:22
8. Kootenay, Rintoul 2 (King, Barteaux) 6:06
Penalties – Vanscourt Ktn (tripping) 3:33, Connolly PG (interference) 6:27, Matte PG (tripping) 10:42.
3rd Period
9. Kootenay Rintoul 2 (King, Barteaux) 6:06
Penalties – Kulhanek PG (fighting) Antilla Ktn (fighting) 6:08, Poulter PG (check from behind) 15:19, Matte PG (roughing)
Shots on goal by
Prince George - 9 - 4 – 10 = 23
Kootenay - 19 – 14 - 5 = 38
Goal (shots-saves) – Prince George: Kevin Armstrong (L 6-7-0-0) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 4-2-0-1)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Prince George: 1/4 Kootenay: 3/8
Referees – Russ Berdusco, Ryan Thompson
Linesmen – Steve Cochrane, Michael Roberts
Attendance – 2,596

Red Line Report October 08

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 Brayden Schenn C 6-0/197 L 22 AUG 91 Brandon
5 Magnus Pjrvi-Svensson RW 6-1/198 L 12 APR 91 Timr
6 Matt Duchene C 5-11/196 L 16 JAN 91 Brampton
7 Nazem Kadri C 5-11/175 L 6 OCT 90 London
8 Evander Kane C 6-1/180 L 1 AUG 91 Vancouver
9 Tommi Kivisto D 6-1/191 L 7 JUN 91 Red Deer
10 Dmitri Kulikov D 6-0/180 L 29 OCT 90 Drummondville

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Kootenay hosts Prince George & Saskatoon

ICE 5-game home stand will wrap-up with Prince George on Friday and Saskatoon on Saturday.
ICE have won 4 in a row and have points in their last 6 games.
Defenseman John Negrin has 6 points during a 4-game point streak, Max Reinhart has goals in his last 2 games and Michael Stickland & Dustin Sylvester have 4 points during their 3-game point streaks.
Prince George will be playing game 8 of 9 straight on the road. So far they are 1-6. Overall the Cougars are at 7-7-0-0 which is good for 3rd in the BC Division.
Players to watch - Dana Tyrell 10 goals and 14 points for the 2nd round pick of Tampa Bay. Brett Connolly 14 points for the 16-year old who was the 10th overall pick in the 2007 Bantam Draft. Goalies Joe Caligiuri (former Wheat King) and Kevin Armstrong (former Chief) have both played well against the ICE in the past.
Saskatoon had their winning streak halted at 9 games with an OT loss to Portland on Wednesday. The Blades have moved into 1st place in the East Division.
Players to watch - Goalie Braeden Holtby, who has just signed a contract with the NHL's Washington Capitals, has stolen a few games against the ICE in the past 2 years. Defenseman Jyri Niemi scored 2 goals at the Rec-Plex last year and was selected in the 2nd round by the NY Islanders. D-man Stefan Elliott is one of the best 17-year old defensemen in the WHL.
The Blades are owned by Jack Brodsky and the Cougars are owned by his brother Rick.

A BREAST IN THE ROCKIES NIGHT: When the ICE host the SASKATOON BLADES on Saturday, October 25 it will be the second annual A BREAST IN THE ROCKIES NIGHT…Fans will be able to bid on the pink sticks the team will be using for warm up and in the first period of the game…Last year, A BREAST IN THE ROCKIES and the KOOTENAY ICE raised $5,000 for the fight against BREAST CANCER.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kootenay 3 Red Deer 2 SO

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE extended their winning streak to 4 games with a 3-2 overtime shootout win over the Red Deer Rebels in WHL action on Tuesday night.

ICE opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power-play as Dustin Sylvester found Andrew Bailey open at the back door. Bailey scored on a one-timer for his team leading 3rd PP goal.
Rebels tied it as Cody Gross came off the corner boards and scored on a sharp angle snap shot.
ICE regained the lead on a 3rd period power-play as Max Reinhart received a behind the net pass from Bailey and lifted a shot from the top of the crease.
Rebels tied it 2-2 as Cass Mappin backhanded a loose puck from in front of the net.
Dominik Pacovsky scored the only goal of the shootout.

The ICE will host Prince George on Friday.

Game Summary
Red Deer 4-5-0-5 Kootenay 7-5-1-3

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Bailey 4 (Sylvester, Negrin) 12:32 pp
2. Red Deer, Gross 6 (Ferguson) 16:12
Penalties – Stickland Ktn (hooking) 4:47, Ferguson RD (tripping) 11:15, Smith RD (close hand on puck) 11:55, Wray RD (hooking) 18:07.
2nd Period
No Scoring.
Penalties – Smith RD (fighting) Fraser Ktn (fighting) 4:56, McNabb Ktn (roughing) 12:58, Morin RD (interference) 17:08.
3rd Period
3. Kootenay, Reinhart 2 (Bailey, Stickland) 8:15 pp
4. Red Deer, Mappin 6 (Weller) 14:22
Penalties – Weller RD (roughing) 7:34, King Ktn (slashing) 10:18, Coetzee RD (tripping) 11:56.
No Scoring.
Kootenay wins 1-0
Red Deer – Coetzee, miss; Ferraro, miss; Mappin, miss.
Kootenay – Pacovsky, goal; Sylvester, miss;
Shots on goal by
Red Deer - 5 – 10 – 13 – 0 = 28
Kootenay – 16 - 2 - 7 – 4 = 29
Goal (shots-saves) – Red Deer: Darcy Kuemper (L 1-3-0-3) Kootenay: Thomas Heemskerk (W 4-3-1-2)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Red Deer: 0/3 Kootenay: 2/6
Referee – Pat Smith
Linesmen – Kelly Reitenbach, Michael Boisvert
Attendance – 2,505

Monday, October 20, 2008

10 Things I Think I Think

1. I think I don't know which is more a surprising statistic. There are 3 teams that still have room for 1 more over-ager and 1 team (Kelowna) that has 2 over-age spots open or there are 6 teams that have only Import player on their roster and 1 team (Brandon) that has 2 Import spots open.
2. I think I can't believe goalie Dan Spence couldn't find a home in the WHL. He had an amazing winning percentage against the ICE the last couple of seasons.
3. I think I don't know what it takes to get an instigator penalty anymore. It's the only thing about the officiating that has me puzzled this year.
4. I think it's time to check the ICE Franchise Record book. Andrew Bailey is 1 game behind Trevor Johnson (232) for the 12th most career games played. Bailey is 2 assists behind Jason Jaffray (102) for 11th in all-time assists. Bailey is 4th with 17 game winning goals. (Nigel Dawes 29, Steve DaSilva 19, Zdenek Blatny 18) John Negrin is 4 points behind Gerard Dicaire (82) for 5th in all-time defenseman points. Dustin Sylvester is 11th in all-time +/- with a +33.
5. I think it's funny how writers want to be broadcasters and broadcasters want to be writers. Shows like PTI, The Reporters and Around The Horn feature columnists who can't wait to voice their opinions. Then you have announcers doing blogs.
6. I think The Family Guy and South Park continue to be the only new TV shows that can make me laugh out loud.
7. I think this years' World Series may have the lowest rankings ever. I'm not saying they should, but they will.
8. I think if you are a baseball fan you have to read Baseball Between The Numbers. My favorite chapter is how building a new stadium, in the long run, doesn't help create more money. In fact, in most cases, they lose money as opposed to staying where they are.
9. I think I miss election nights when you didn't know the results 1 minute after the polls closed.
10. I think I can't wait til someone creates a solid curling game for the Wii. Seems like a natural bestseller in Canada and other countries that follow the sport.

Kootenay hosts Red Deer

The ICE 5-game homestand continues Tuesday as they host Red Deer. It's the 2nd of 8 meetings and the 1st in Cranbrook. Back in September the Rebels won 3-1. The ICE outshot them 42-24 and their only goal was scored by Dustin Sylvester on a penalty shot.
The ICE have won 3 in a row and have earned points in 5 straight games.
The Rebels ended a 7-game losing streak with a 6-4 win over Prince George.
The Rebels have 4 wins in 13 games, but of their 9 losses 4 have been in shootouts.
Defenseman John Negrin has points in 3 straight games (2 goals 3 assists for 5 points).
Players to watch - Landon Ferraro lead the club with 8 goals and 14 points. The 17-year old is in his draft year and should be selected in the 1st round. Rookie defensman Tommi Kivisto is from Finland and is also in his draft year and some ratings have him as a 1st round prospect.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Kootenay 6 Chilliwack 3

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE scored 2 shorthanded and goals and 1 on the power-play in a 6-3 win over the Chilliwack Bruins in WHL action on Saturday night.

ICE opened the scoring while shorthanded as Dustin Sylvester, on a two-one-one break, scored on a wrist shot high on the glove side.
Bruins tied it up with the clubs skating 4-on-4 and Ryan Howse got a breakaway and scored with a wrist shot high on the stick side.
Bruins took a 2-1 lead as Howse scored his 2nd of the game on a deflection on a point shot from Jeff Einhorn.
ICE roared back with 4 goals starting with Max Reinhart’s 1st goal career goal on a wrist shot that glanced of the goalies’ blocker and into the top corner.
On a partial breakaway Kevin King scored on a backhand shot high on the glove side.
Defenseman Cason Machacek would score his 1st career goal with a waist high deflection off a Dustin Sylvester shot. It was the club’s 2nd short-handed goal of the game.
Bruins changed goalies as Lucas Gore replaced Mark Friesen.
The ICE made it 5-2 with a power-play goal from John Negrin who stepped into a slap shot that beat the new goalie on the stick side.
Bruins Howse completed his hat-trick after finding a loose puck near the crease.
Ice forward Tylan Stephens finished the scoring on a goal mouth scramble.

The ICE will host Red Deer on Tuesday.

Game Summary
Chilliwack 5-5-1-1 Kootenay 6-5-1-3

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Sylvester 6 (Negrin) 5:31 sh
2. Chilliwack, Howse 3 17:49
Penalties – Manning Cwk (fighting) Machacek Ktn (slashing, fight) 4:19, Czerwonka Ktn (elbowing) 10:59, Manning Cwk (roughing) Fraser Ktn (roughing) 17:07, Meroupolis Cwk (elbowing) 18:03.
2nd Period
3. Chilliwack, Howse 4 (2) (Einhorn, Potter) 8:19
4. Kootenay, Reinhart 1 (Stickland) 9:05
5. Kootenay, King 3 (Barteaux, Boomer) 10:52
6. Kootenay, Machacek 1 (Sylvester) 13:43 sh
7. Kootenay, Negrin 2 (Pacovsky, Stickland) 16:44 pp
Penalties – Ward Cwk (hooking) 3:01, Wentworth Cwk (fighting) McNabb (fighting) 8:44, Stephens Ktn (high sticking) 12:17, Sundher Chw (hooking) 13:43.
3rd Period
8. Chilliwack, Howse (3) 5 (Potter) 1:11
9. Kootenay, Stephens 4 (King, Negrin) 14:26
Penalties – Ramsay Cwk (roughing, fighting) Stephens Ktn (fighting) 3:26, Sylvester Ktn (interference) 10:11, Bhungal Cwk (roughing) Wiklund Cwk (roughing) Stephens Ktn (roughing) 14:26.
Shots on goal by
Chilliwack - 9 – 4 - 5 = 18
Kootenay – 10 - 23 – 17 = 50
Goal (shots-saves) – Chilliwack: Mark Friesen (26-22) (L 2-2-0-1) Gore (24-22) (13:43 2nd period) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 3-2-0-1)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Chilliwack: 0/4 Kootenay: 1/5
Referee – Devin Klein
Linesmen – Jason Cramer, Brad Yoshida
Attendance – 2,697

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kootenay 3 Prince Albert 0

Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE goalie Nathan Lieuwen made 18 saves for his 1st career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Prince Albert Raiders in WHL action on Friday night.

ICE opened the scoring in the 2nd period as Andrew Bailey found a loose puck in the slot and wristed a shot high on the glove side.
ICE forward Michael Cassivi scored his 1st WHL goal to make it 2-0 after finding a loose puck near the crease and backhanded it in.
ICE added an empty netter from Dustin Sylvester.

On Saturday the ICE will host Chilliwack.

Game Summary
Prince Albert 6-7-0-0 Kootenay 5-5-1-3

1st Period
No Scoring.
Penalties – Cameron PA (kneeing) 1:03, Cassivi Ktn (goalie interference) 7:43, Thiessen PA (interference) 10:17, Fraser Ktn (cross checking) 14:54, Pacovsky Ktn (hooking) 16:59.
2nd Period
1. Kootenay, Bailey 3 (Stickland) 7:17
Penalties – Button PA (boarding) 1:18, Boomer PA (hooking) 10:43, Stebner PA (holding) 12:45, McDonald PA (unsportsmanlike conduct-diving) Frere (tripping) 15:36.
3rd Period
2. Kootenay, Cassivi 1 (Stephens) 4:17
3. Kootenay, Sylvester 5 (Barteaux) 18:58 en
Penalties – Bench PA (too many men) :47, Fraser Ktn (holding) 11:50.
Shots on goal by
Prince Albert - 5 – 10 – 3 = 18
Kootenay - 12 – 11 – 9 = 32
Goal (shots-saves) – Prince Albert: Garrett Zemlak (L 5-1-0-0) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 2-2-0-1)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Prince Albert: 0/5 Kootenay: 0/5
Referee – Sean Raphael
Linesmen – Jeff Jobson, Matthew Barker
Attendance – 2,676

Thursday, October 16, 2008

ICE host Prince Albert & Chilliwack

The ICE open a 5-game homestand on Friday with Prince Albert and Saturday against Chilliwack.
Last year the ICE won the season series against the Raiders 3-1. Overall in the last 3 seasons the ICE are 9-1-0-0 vs P.A.
Players to watch - 3 20-year-old forwards Justin Bernhardt, Matt Robertson and Ryan McDonald & Dustin Cameron lead the team in scoring.
In their history the ICE are 2-1 vs Chilliwack. The loss was in overtime. The road team has won every time the clubs' have met. The Bruins have only played 1 game in Cranbrook and that was February 10/07.
Players to watch - Ryan Howse (3rd overall pick in 2006 Bantam Draft) & Kevin Sundher (7th overall pick in 2007 Bantam Draft).
Chilliwack have made the playoffs in their 1st 2 years in the league but still finished low enough in the standings to get some high draft picks.
Head Coach in Jim Hiller who was born in Port Alberni and was raised in Cranbrook. In 1989 he was traded to Detroit w/Paul Coffey & Sylvain Cloutier for Jimmy Carson, Marc Potvin & Gary Shuchuk. He also won a Provincial Championship in the KIJHL with Cranbrook.

St. Denis in a movie

Trail native Kyle St. Denis may have found a second career once his hockey days are over.
The speedy Kelowna Rockets forward will make his screen debut when the movie
'Slap Shot 3 Junior League' is released in November.
St. Denis has a prominent role -- but not a speaking part -- because he is
acting as the stunt double for one of the movie's stars, Tyler Johnston.
Slap Shot 3 will be released November 25

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

10 Things I Think I Think

1. I think I still believe that Brandon will be awarded the right to host the 2010 Memorial Cup. The announcement will be made on Wednesday.
2. I think the WHL will announce this week the approval of new owners for the Portland Winter Hawks. Reports indicate it will be followed by a new coaching staff and management. Some nervous days for Trail native Richard Kromm who is the current coach of the Hawks.
3. I think it was nice to see gas prices during our road trip of $1.09 in Alberta and $1.18 in Saskatchewan. It wasn't nice to see $1.28 when we got back to Cranbrook.
4. I think whenever I hear Tigers' Assistant Coach Shaun Clouston talk I have to do a double take as he sounds exactly like his younger brother Cory. They sound exactly the same. Cory is in his 2nd year with the AHL Bingamton Senators. The Hockey News predicts them to finish in last place. They are currently 2-0.
5. I think there will be at least 3 trades this week involving 20-year-old players. The league deadline to be down to the limit of 3 over-agers is this Thursday.
6. I think every Sunday and Holiday Monday WHL game should start at 2:00.
7. I think Moose Jaw is close to losing their team. The WHL wants a new rink built as the Civic Centre is below league standards. A few years ago taxpayers approved the city donating $15 million towards a $35 million dollar facility. But since things have been delayed the price to build the rink is $61 million and $34 million would come from taxes. Looks like they are headed towards another referendum to approve the extra $19 million from taxpayers. The WHL wanted the construction to have been started months ago. You don't know how lucky you are to not have to watch 36 games in that building.
8. I think I would pay to see Ron White. He is the funniest of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour comedians. Since the chances of him coming around hear are minimal, I'll just have to get the books and DVD's.
9. I think Seinfeld + Northern Exposure = Corner Gas. I hope the comments that it's the final season of the TV Show are just bargaining chips for a bigger contract. It's got 3-4 years of life left.
10. I think I am surprised the Calgary Hitmen, for the 2nd year in a row, have only 1 Import on their roster. Of all the teams in the WHL you would think they would have the biggest advantage getting Europeans. They're owned by the Flames. Shouldn't the NHL team encourage their draft picks to play for the WHL team? At the very least couldn't the Hitmen use the Flames scouting reports of all players overseas.

Kootenay 4 Medicine Hat 3 SO

The Kootenay ICE earned 5 of a possible 8 points during their road trip. 3 games went to overtime and 2 went to the shootout. The ICE outshot the Tigers 38-17 and won 1-0 in the shootout.
Hayden Rintoul (1st WHL goal), Drew Czerwonka (3) and John Negrin (1) scored the goals. Dustin Sylvester with his league leading 3rd SO goal was the only player to score in the shootout. Nathan Lieuwen made 3 saves in the shootout to earn his 1st win of the year and 2nd of his career.
12 of the 13 ICE games this year have been 1-goal differences going late into the 3rd period.
They've played 6 overtimes and 5 shootouts.
They've outshot their opponents in every game.
A 5-game homestand starts Friday against Prince Albert.
On Saturday, October 25th when the ICE host the Saskatoon Blades, the team will be using pink sticks during warm up and in the first period of the game. The sticks will be auctioned off in a silent auction during the game behind Section U with all the monies going to A Breast in the Rockies. The winning bidders will have the opportunity to receive their pink sticks after the game from the ICE Players.
Last year, this event raised $5,000 for A Breast in the Rockies.

Monday, October 13, 2008

ICE @ Medicine Hat

The Kootenay ICE will wrap up their 4 game road trip in an afternoon game in Medicine Hat. Last year the ICE won the season series 4-2 and won their playoff series 4-1. Both clubs are coming off losses to Swift Current. The ICE lost in OT on Saturday while the Tigers lost 2-0 last night. After the game the ICE will return home to start a 5 game homestand on Friday against Prince Albert.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Swift Current 3 Kootenay 2 OT

For the 5th time in 12 games this season the Kootenay ICE go to overtime. For the 1st time the game is decided before the shootout as the Broncos scored with 1:33 left. For the 3rd time this season the ICE scored the 1st goal of the game and actually lead 2-0 after 1 period. For the 2nd time this season the ICE lead after 40 minutes. Drew Czerwonka (2) and Dustin Sylvester (4) had the goals. For the 2nd time during this trip Thomas Heemskerk gave up the winning goal by trying to pass the puck into the neutral zone only to have it intercepted and seconds later have it end up in the net. The club has earned 3 points in 3 games but have played well enough to win all 3 games. Swift Current and Regina have the best records in the East Division and the ICE have shown they are on the same level. Monday Afternoon they wrap up the trip in Medicine Hat.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Kootenay 4 Moose Jaw 3 SO

The Kootenay ICE ended a 5-game losing slide with a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime shootout win in Moose Jaw. Entering the 3rd period down 2-0 the ICE got goals from Matt Fraser (1) and Michael Stickland (5,6) to take a lead. It was the club's 1st lead in a game since September 26th against Calgary. That was game #5 of the season and this game was #11. After losing 3 shootouts this season the club earned the win when they got goals from Dustin Sylvester and Dominik Pacovsky and 2 saves from Thomas Heemskerk. Saturday they visit Swift Current.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kootenay @ Moose Jaw

The Kootenay ICE and Moose Jaw Warriors will meet for the 1st time this season. Last year the clubs split their 4 games including 2 that went to overtime. The ICE have lost 5 in a row while the Warriors are coming off a 7-1 loss to Tri City.
Dustin Sylvester will return tonight.
Throughout the road trip we are getting to know the rookies. Tonight's intermissions will feature interviews with Jesse Ismond and Hayden Rintoul. Saturday from Swift Current visits with Max Reinhart and Dominik Pacovsky. Monday from Medicine Hat Michael Cassivi, Nathan Lieuwen & Tyler Vanscourt.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Statistically Speaking Updated

After 10 games the ICE have held the lead for 71:27 out of 715:00 played. That's 9.97% of the time with the lead or 90.03% tied or trailing. The 2 games they've scored the 1st goal and/or held the lead they've won.
After 10 games the ICE outshot the opposition 352-223. That's an average of 35-22 per game.

Regina 5 Kootenay 4

Goaltending was the difference as the Regina Pats Jeff Bosch made 38 saves in a 5-4 win over the Kootenay ICE. The Pats lead 3-0 at 5:36 of the 2nd period and the ICE changed goalies with Thomas Heesmskerk replacing Nathan Lieuwen. It's the 2nd game in a row that the ICE starting netminder didn't finish the game. The ICE scored a season high 3 power-play goals to tie the game with Andrew Bailey (2), Steele Boomer (1) and Kevin King (2) tying the game late in the 2nd. Less than 2 minutes later the Pats' regained the lead and added a shorthanded goal in the 3rd for the win. Ian Barteaux scored with 3 seconds left to make it a 1-goal decision. 9 of the clubs' 10 game have been 1 goal decisons or a 2-goal decision with an empty netter. Matt Fraser returned to the line-up with 2 assists. Dustin Sylvester took the pre-game skate but was a scratch.
It was a highly entertaining game with the ICE out-shooting, out-hitting and out-chancing the opposition.
The club has rotated the goalie starts most of the season but maybe the time has come for 1 of the 2 guys to grab the starting role.
Next game is Friday in Moose Jaw.

ICE in Regina

The Kootenay ICE are in Regina tonight in game 1 of a 4 game road trip. Last year the Pats won the season series 3-1, with 3 of the games going to overtime. The ICE have lost 4 in a row, with 2 of the losses in shootouts. The Pats are on a 3 game winning streak.
Matt Fraser should return after recovering from a shoulder injury. Dustin Sylvester will be a gametime decison after being injured on Sunday.
During the trip I'll be visiting with the 9 rookies on the ICE roster. 8 intermissions, 9 interviews. Get to know the new guys.
Had a great visit with Pats new head coach Dale Derkatch. He was playing for the Pats when I lived in Saskatoon going to broadcast school. Some great games at the old Arena. In 83-84 he had 72 goals and 159 points with teammates Lyndon Byers, Taylor Hall, Doug Trapp, Selmar Odelein, Stu Grimson, Jamie Reeve and a young Brad Lauer. The 82-83 Blades had 5 players with over 100 points with Roger Kortko, Lane Lambert, Perry Ganchar, Todd Streuby and Ross Lambert. Guys like Dale Henry, Joey Kocur and Trent Yawney were the up and comers.

Monday, October 6, 2008

10 Things I Think I Think

1. I think it's great the ICE players having been phoning each season ticket holder thanking them for their support. That's over 2,000 call to be made.
2. I think the best new website I have found is
3. I think hockey familys in Cranbrook have to remember their registration fees are lower because of the money Minor Hockey get from the 50/50 tickets at every ICE game. In 07-08 the total was almost $89,000. Over 10 years the total should be close to $1 million.
4. I think I was suprised to get Sidney Crosby in station draft with the 3rd pick. Malkin and Ovechkin went 1,2.
5. I think I still don't like games being decided in shootouts but I think they're still good for the game. Before there were overtimes and shootouts the last 10 minutes of a game was tough to watch if it was a tie game and both teams were afraid of losing a point. So they played careful and got the tie. Then overtime was added and both teams would still be careful not to lose point and at least get to overtime. Then in overtime they would be careful not to let the other team get the bonus point. Now with a shootout you know someone will get 2 points so most teams go for the win. It's made for better 3rd periods and overtimes. So what if you lose in the shootout, you don't really lose anything in the standings as you still get the point you would have had if the game stayed tied. Still must be tough to go in the dressing room after losing the shootout.
6. I think I'm glad I'm not a Cubs fan. It might be better to not make the playoffs than to have such a great year and get swept in the 1st round.
7. I think it's time to look at the ICE Franchise Record Book. Andrew Bailey is tied for 10th with 168 career points, tied for 8th with 29 career power-play goals and is 2nd with 3 regular season overtime goals. (4 Mike Busto) Dustin Sylvester is tied for 6th with 6 career shorthanded goals.
8. I think the ICE start to the season is reminding me of last year when they went 3-8-1-0. Then went 4-3-0-0, followed by winning 12 of the next 13 from November 2nd-December 2nd.
9. I think the funniest new sign at the Rec-Plex was the one near the penalty box "Are you pregnant ref. Because you've missed 2 periods".
10. I think it would be great if all the WHL teams could afford to have replays available for goals. They only do it in the league finals and Memorial Cup. Somehow the OHL has it for every game. But look at the money a team will lose if they miss the playoffs because of losing 1 point in the standings because of a disputed goal. If the NHL refs are supposed to be the best in the world and they need replays, shouldn't the developing officials in the WHL receive help as well?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Kelowna 6 Kootenay 3

Cranbrook, BC – The Kelowna Rockets jumped out to a 4-0 1st period lead on their way to 6-2 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Sunday night.

Kelowna opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 break with Cody Almond scoring on a wrist shot that went in off the goalies’ blocker.
Dylan Hood made it 2-0 after receiving a behind the net pass from Stepan Novotny and scored on a high wrist shot.
Rockets made it 3-0 on a 5-on-3 powerplay as Novotny scored on a goal mouth scramble. On the ensuing power-play Kyle St. Denis made it 4-0.
While shorthanded ICE Steele Boomer deflected a Brayden McNabb point shot to make it 4-1.
ICE Tylan Stephens banged in a rebound early in the second period to make it 4-2.
Kelowna’s Jamie Benn scored on a shorthanded breakaway to make the score 5-2.
Rockets’ added to their lead with a pretty 3-way passing play completed by Almond with his 2nd of the game.
ICE rookie Drew Czerwonka scored his 1st WHL goal batting in waist high pass in the crease.

The game was the 1st and only meeting of the year between the clubs.
The last time Kelowna played in Cranbrook was October 7th 2006, the ICE won 5-1.
The ICE will start a 4 game road trip Wednesday in Regina.

Game Summary
Kelowna 4-4-0-0 Kootenay 2-4-0-3

1st Period
1. Kelowna, Almond 2 (McMillan, Borejko) :32
2. Kelowna, Hood 1 (Novotny) 7:49
3. Kelowna, Novotny 3 (Benn, Long) 13:47 pp
4. Kelowna, St. Denis 3 (Callahan, Verdino) 14:10 pp
5. Kootenay, Boomer 1 (McNabb, Rintoul) 16:20 sh
Penalties – Reinhart Ktn (hooking) 1:54, St. Denis Kel (elbowing) 2:52, Myers Kel (double roughing) Bailey Ktn (roughing) 4:55, L. Bloodoff (roughing) Stephens (check from behind, roughing) 12:11, Barrie Kel (fighting) Frere Ktn (check from behind, fighting) 12:22, Main Kel (check from behind) Paradis Kel (roughing) 14:17, Bailey Ktn (hooking) 14:22, Callahan Kel (fighting) Czerwonka Ktn (fighting) 16:29.
2nd Period
6. Kootenay, Stephens 3 (Frere, King) 2:22
7. Kelowna, Benn 3 (Barrie) 5:19 sh
Penalties – E.Bloodoff Kel (roughing) 3:28, Myers Kel (roughing) 7:29, McMillan Kel (slashing) 12:20, Myers Kel (delay of game puck over glass) 15:14, King Ktn (check from behind) 19:22.
3rd Period
8. Kelowna, Almond (2) (McMillan, St. Denis) 1:37
9. Kootenay, Czerwonka 1 (Boomer, Reinhart) 15:36 pp
Penalties – Vancscourt Ktn (slashing) 6:09, Myers Kel (holding) 9:25, Hood Kel (charging) 14:28,
Shots on goal by
Kelowna - 13 - 6 – 7 = 26
Kootenay - 5 – 19 – 6 = 30
Goal (shots-saves) – Kelowna: Kris Lazaruk (W 4-4-0-0) Kootenay: Thomas Heemskerk 13/9 (L 2-2-0-2) Nathan Lieuwen 11/13 (start 2nd)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Kelowna: Kootenay:
Referees – Jon Stephenson, Nathan Wieler
Linesmen – Tyler Adair, Steve Cochrane
Attendance – 2,649

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Swift Current 3 Kootenay 2 SO

Cranbrook, BC – Swift Current beat the Kootenay ICE 3-2 in an overtime shootout in WHL action on Saturday night.

Swift Current opened the scoring as Grant Toulmin found a loose puck near the crease and had an open net to bang it in.
ICE tied it as defenseman John Negrin brought the puck around the Bronco net and his high pass was batted in by Dustin Sylvester.
Broncos’ regained the lead late in the 2nd as Keegan Dansereau intercepted a clearing attempt and skated to the slot and scored on a wrist shot low on the glove side.
ICE tied it 2-2 on 2-man advantage power-play with defenseman Ian Barteaux scoring on wrist shot high on the glove side.
Broncos outscored the ICE 2-1 in 4 rounds of the shootout.

The ICE will host Kelowna on Sunday.

Game Summary
Swift Current 6-0-0-0 Kootenay 2-3-0-3

1st Period
1. Swift Current, Toulmin 1 (Magnus, Brown) 10:22
2. Kootenay, Sylvester 3 (King, Negrin) 11:36
Penalties – Stephens Ktn (holding) :57, McNabb Ktn (holding) 8:22, Wagner SC (fighting) Barteaux Ktn (instigator, fighting, misconduct) 17:28.
2nd Period
3. Swift Current, Dansereau 5 19:22
Penalties – Wudrick SC (tripping) :58, Reinhart SC (goalie interference) 3:06, SC Brown (fighting) Czerwonka (fighting) 6:00, King Ktn (hooking) 7:14, Molle SC (hooking) 12:12.
3rd Period
4. Kootenay, Barteaux 2 (Sylvester, Bailey) 4:53 pp
Penalties – Hewitt SC (interference) 3:29, Wudrick SC (hooking) 4:22, Tassone SC (check from behind major, game misconduct) 4:58, Peddle SC (tripping) 11:00, Bailey Ktn (holding) 14:08.
No Scoring
Swift Current – Wudrick, goal; Dansereau, miss; Eakin, miss, Brown, goal.
Kootenay – Stickland, miss, Sylvester, goal; Barteaux, miss; Bailey, miss.
Shots on goal by
Swift Current – 10 – 7 – 4 – 0 = 21
Kootenay - 4 – 10 – 13 – 1 = 28
Goal (shot-saves) – Swift Current: Mark Guggenberger (W 4-0-0-0) Kootenay: Thomas Heemskerk (L 2-1-0-2)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Swift Current: 0/6 Kootenay: 1/6
Referees – Jon Stephenson, Nathan Wieler
Linesmen – Tyler Adair, Steve Cochrane
Attendance – 2,738

Friday, October 3, 2008

ICE @ Community Events

Matt Fraser & Kevin King at Food Bank fundraiser.

Kevin King pouring a cup of the popular drink at Tim Hortons.

Weekend Preview

ICE will host the 5-0 Swift Current Broncos on Saturday.
Broncos netminder Travis Yonkman is out with a shoulder injury so Mark Guggenberger should be between the pipes. He played last year against the ICE at the Rec-Plex while with Portland. Keegan Dansereau, Matt Tassone, Cody Eakin and Eric Doyle are off to great starts.
Matt Fraser will not play due to his shoulder injury, but will return during next week's road trip.
Drew Czerwonka will play his 1st game of the regular season after sitting out a 7-game suspension from last year in the Saskatchewan AAA Midget League.
Sunday they host Kris Lazaruk & the Kelowna Rockets. Kelowna did not play a game in Cranbrook last year. All 5 BC Division teams will make 1 appearance at the Rec-Plex this season. Defenseman Luke Schenn is expected to start the season with Toronto Maple Leafs and according to one report he has been their 3rd or 4th best defenseman in the preseason. Colin Long is back after finishing 2nd in league scoring last year. Jamie Benn is another great offensive player to watch. Defensmen Tyler Myers, Collin Bowman (Drayson's brother) and Tyson Barrie are their key guys on the blueline.
Including the playoffs, Lazaruk played 118 career games with the ICE. He is ranked 4th in career wins, 5th GAA, 4th save % and tied for 4th with 4 carer shutouts.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


After a players' vote the club has named Andrew Bailey their Captain.
Assistants will be Dustin Sylvester, John Negrin & Ian Barteaux.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Next Up

The Kootenay ICE held a players' vote for Team Captain.
Results to be announced on Thursday.
Dustin Sylvester, Andrew Bailey and John Negrin should be the front runners.
The new Captain will be the 13th in team history.
John Kachur 96-97, Steve McCarthy 98-00, Mike Green 99-00, Mike Comrie 00-01, Dean Arsene 00-01, Jason Jaffray 01-02, Jarret Stoll 01-02, Colin Sinclair 02-03, Nigel Dawes 03-05, Adam Cracknell 05-06, Ryan Russell 06-07, Steve DaSilva 07-08.