Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ICE Fan Bus

The Kootenay ICE have announced that the Travel Plus Fan Bus will be heading to Spokane October 17th has the ICE take on the Chiefs.
The cost of the Travel Plus Fan Bus will be $89 which includes transportation, ticket to the game, box lunch and many prizes. You must be 21 or over to come on board.
The bus will depart from Cranbrook at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon and return immediately following the game.
Full payment is due at the time of sign-up. To secure your spot, please contact Travel Plus at 250-417-2777.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

10 Things I Think I Think

10 Things I Think I Think is a creation of SI NFL writer Peter King. His Monday Morning Quarterback articles every week are must read for all football fans at In a tribute to him, which is a nice way of saying I stole his concept, here is my 10 for this week.

1. I think the first couple of weeks has shown what most predicted and that’s the Central Division is going to be strong with no team that should run away with the title. Calgary is 4-0 and has a winning tradition by taking the Division crown the past 2 years. But expect a lot of 1-goal game whenever there is a divisional match-up.
2. I think the East will continue to be a two horse race with Brandon and Saskatoon. It’s too early to get a feeling on which of the other 4 teams might present a challenge.
3. I think it can be a huge turnaround year for Portland who could go from worst to first. A solid division, although Seattle has won one of their first five games and has a goals-against-average of 4.25.
4. I think the B.C. Division is up for grabs. Vancouver and Kelowna have owned the division for a long time and it appears Kamloops is ready to break-up that party.
5. I think it was interesting to see Brandon Sutter and Colton Gillies get sent down to the AHL. Both made the NHL at 19-years-old but are in the minors before the next season starts. The argument is always whether a player will develop quicker and better with another year in the WHL. Jordan Eberle returning to Regina is being considered a smart move for both the team and the player.
6. I think as of today the ICE and Kelowna are the only teams with an opening for an over-ager. Medicine Hat has five while Brandon, Prince George, Saskatoon, Red Deer, Spokane and Swift current each have four.
7. I think you should pay close attention to the Red Deer at Brandon game on Friday. Wheat King goalie Andrew Hayes has 3 consecutive shutouts, the WHL record is 4.
8. I think Medicine Hat will be busy the next few weeks. They still have 29 players on their roster, including five over-agers and six 16-year-olds.
9. I think the upcoming road trip for the ICE, which is six games in 10 days, is their longest trip since going to Guelph for the 2002 Memorial Cup. Over the years 7-8 days has been the longest time away from home. That’s a lot of clothes to pack.
10. I think these are my non-hockey thoughts.
a) A Yankees-Dodgers World Series (Reggie Jackson-Tommy Lasorda memories) would be a great story, so would Red Sox-Dodgers (Manny returns to Fenway). Atlanta is 2 games behind Colorado for the NL Wild Card, when did that happen? Do you realize there could be a World Series game in November. Time to find those caps with ear flaps.
b) The first 4 weeks of the NFL always fly by really quickly. Games of the week for week #4 … Baltimore @ New England and on Monday Night it’s Green Bay at Minnesota (Favre’s 1st game against the Packers)
c) The NHL season opens on Thursday. It’s an Olympic year. I think more people are talking about Team Canada’s line-up than what will happen in the NHL this season.
d) If I was Sam Bradford, I am wondering if I should have gone pro this year.

Monday, September 28, 2009

ICE Weekly Report

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 2-2-0-0 record (2-1-0-0 at home, 0-1-0-0 on the road, 1-0-0 in overtime) and tied for fourth place in the CENTRAL DIVISION and tied for tenth place overall in the WHL…This week the ICE will host CALGARY (October 2) before embarking on a six game road trip (October 3 – 12).

UNUSED SEASON TICKETS: Season Ticket Holders who have unused season tickets can exchange them for any regular season game at a cost of $5.00 per ticket…The unused tickets must have the ticket stub attached in order to be eligible…Tickets can be exchanged any time at the KOOTENAY ICE Office and Kootenay Collectibles.

ST. EUGENE GOLF RESORT & CASINO NIGHT: When KOOTENAY hosts the CALGARY HITMEN on Friday, October 2 it will be ST. EUGENE GOLF RESORT & CASINO NIGHT…Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win prizes.

SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS: The sale of SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS continues…You get seven game certificates to use at your convenience – total flexibility…SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS are available in Adult, Senior, Student and Youth packages. Adults are $99.00, Seniors $81.00, Students $81.00 and Youth $57.00.

ROSTER UPDATE: The ICE have 24 players on their roster, including two goalies, eight defensemen and 14 forwards…KOOTENAY begins the 2009-2010 season with 16 returning players from last year.

DID YOU KNOW: The ICE have won 445 games since moving to CRANBROOK in 1998-1999 (445-245-94)…NATHAN LIEUWEN is fourth in the WHL with a goals against average of 1.95 per game…HAYDEN RINTOUL and BRAYDEN MCNABB are tied for third in the League in assists with five...BROCK MONTGOMERY recorded his first WHL career goal on September 23 against EDMONTON.

INJURIES: Forwards CHRISTIAN MAGNUS (broken finger) and DREW CZERWONKA (leg laceration) will both be out of the KOOTENAY line up four to six weeks..

ONE YEAR AGO: After four games of the 2008-2009 season the ICE were 1-2-0-1, after five games 2-2-0-1 and after six games 2-2-0-2.

DRAFTED PLAYER: BRAYDEN MCNABB – Buffalo Sabres (3rd Round, 2009 NHL Draft).


Tuesday September 29 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Wednesday September 30 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Thursday October 1 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Friday October 2 ICE vs. Calgary 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday October 3 ICE @ Medicine Hat 7:30 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)


Wednesday September 23 – Kootenay 3 vs. Edmonton 2 – SO – Record 2-1-0-0 – Attendance: 2,439
1 – Boomer (2) from Rintoul and McNabb
2 – Montgomery (1) from Boomer and Antilla
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (31 Saves, 2 GA)

Saturday, September 26 – Kootenay 2 vs. Medicine Hat 4 – Record 2-2-0-0 – Attendance: 2,668
1 – Reinhart (3)
2 – Sylvester (1) from McNabb and Fraser
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (34 Saves, 4 GA)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Medicine Hat 4 Kootenay 2

Cranbrook, BC – Medicine Hat defenseman Mark Isherwood had 1 goal and 3 assists in a 4-2 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Saturday night.

The only goal in the first period came in the final minute as the Tigers Zdenek Okal threw a cross ice pass near the ICE crease and Linden Vey poked it in.
Tigers made it 2-0 on a 2-man advantage as Emerson Etem scored his 1st career goal as he was open near the crease and redirected a pass from Tristan King.
ICE replied as Max Reinhart fired a long slap shot that beat the goal on the stick side.
Etem scored his 2nd of the period on a goal mouth scramble.
In the 3rd period ICE Captain Dustin Sylvester punched in a rebound for his 1st goal of the season.
Isherwood added an empty netter.

This was the 1st of 6 meetings between the clubs this season.
Last year the ICE won the season series 6-0.
Over the last 2 seasons, including the playoffs, the ICE had won 12 of the last 13 meetings.
The last regular season win by Medicine Hat in Cranbrook was January 11, 2008.

The ICE have 2 forwards on the injured list. Drew Czerwonka is out 4 weeks with a laceration on his leg. Christian Magnus has a broken finger and is out 4-6 weeks.

Tigers’ Head Coach Willy Desjardins has 300 career wins. He is the Franchise Record holder for most wins. Desjardins will be the Head Coach for Team Canada at this years’ World Junior Hockey Championships being held in Saskatoon and Regina.

The ICE will host Calgary on Friday and then will have a 6-game road trip. The Tigers will host Edmonton Wednesday.

Game Summary
Medicine Hat 2-0-0-1 Kootenay 2-2-0-0

1st Period
1. Medicine Hat Vey 1 (Okal, Isherwood) 19:07
Penalties – None.
2nd Period
2. Medicine Hat, Etem 1 (King, Isherwood) 2:10 5-on-3 pp
3. Kootenay, Reinhart 3 3:49
4. Medicine Hat, Etem 2 (Isherwood, Cameron) 10:19
Penalties – McNabb Ktn (roughing) :49, Sylvester Ktn (tripping) 1:14, Isherwood MH Fraser Ktn (roughing) 3:37, Pacovsky (tripping) 12:09, Konan MH Fraser Ktn (fighting) 18:38.
3rd Period
5. Kootenay, Sylvester 1 (McNabb, Fraser) 5:58
6. Medicine Hat, Isherwood 18:59 en
Penalties – Isherwood MH (interference) :28, Carlson MH (delay of game) :44, McNabb Ktn (closing hand on the puck) 6:41, Antilla Ktn (tripping) 8:07.
Shots on goal by
Medicine Hat – 13 – 12 – 10 = 35
Kootenay - 5 – 11 – 10 = 26
Goal (shots-saves) – Medicine Hat: Tyler Bunz (W 1-0-0-0) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (L 2-1-0-0)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Medicine Hat: 1/5 Kootenay: 0/2
Referee – Andy Theissen
Linesmen – Jim Maniago, Scott Pryor
Attendance – 2,668

ICE Trivia Game #4

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

This is the 40th year for the Medicine Hat Tigers Franchise. They have won the Memorial Cup 2 times. What years did they win them?

ANSWER – 1987 & 1988


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Kootenay vs Medicine Hat Game #4

The Kootenay ICE will host Medicine Hat tonight.
This is the 1st of 6 meetings of the year between the clubs.
Last year the ICE won all 6 season meetings.
Over the last 2 seasons, including the playoffs, the ICE have won 12 of the last 13 games against the Tigers.
After tonight the ICE will play 7 of their next 9 games on the road.
The ICE are 2-0 at home.
This is the first road game of the year for the Tigers.
ICE are without Drew Czerwonka and Christian Magnus who are both out a month with injuries.
The Kootenay ICE and Tigers have traditionally played great games against each other and it looks like that should continue this season.
The ICE have shown in the early going that they will be a puck pursuit team and with hard work will generate the scoring chances.
The Tigers have a veteran club and appear to have another smaller team with great speed.
Gametime 7p.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rob Niedermayer Signs

ICE minority owner Rob Niedermayer has signed a 1-year deal with New Jersey. Rob has been staying in shape by being a regular at Kootenay ICE practices.
I think he was hoping to stay in the West Conference but at least he gets to be on a contender by joining the Devils.
Remember the Stanley Cup finals when Scott and the Devils beat Rob and the Ducks in a 7 game series?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Czerwonka Update

ICE forward Drew Czerwonka suffered a laceration on the back of his knee in last night's game. The incident happened late in the 2nd period. He could be out of the line-up for 4 weeks.
Christian Magnus has a broken finger and is out 4-6 weeks.

Message From Mr. Vanscourt

It would be nice if you let people now on your blog that Tyler Vanscourt has been playing for the (Tri-City Storm in the USHL) since the day after he left the ICE. He has played in the teams last two preseason games and will be playing in the Fall Classic Tournament that starts today (Sept24).
Tyler loved his time in Cranbrook, The People were always so nice the Fans were great, his billet family became part of our family
We would like to thank the people of Cranbrook for the time we shared with them. Tyler will never forget it!
We still listen to the games on the internet so keep up the good work
Mark Vanscourt

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kootenay 3 Edmonton 2 SO

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE beat Edmonton 3-2 in an overtime shootout in WHL action on Wednesday night.

Edmonton opened the scoring as Dylan Wruck found a rebound in the bottom of the circle and his shot was deflected off a stick, went in the air over the goalies’s head and landed on the goal line and trickled into the net.
Breant Raedeke made it 2-0 on the power-play as he as on a 2-on-1 break and scored with a wrist shot high on the stickside.
ICE scored just after a powerplay ended as Hayden Rintoul’s point shot was deflected in by Steele Boomer who was skating through the low slot.
The ICE forced overtime as rookie Brock Montgomery scored his 1st career goal on a goal mouth scramble.
ICE forward Jesse Ismond was the only player to score n the shootout as the ICE won 1-0.

The crowd was the smallest ever for a regular season game at the Rec-Plex.

It was the first of 6 meeting this season between the clubs. Last year Edmonton won the season series 4-2.

The Oil Kings are in their 3rd year in the WHL. In 1998, when the ICE were in their 3rd year, they moved from Edmonton to Cranbrook.

ICE forward Christian Magnus suffered a broken finger at practice and is out 4-6 weeks.
17-year-old ICE forward Elgin Pearce and 17-year-old ICE defensemen Luke Paulsen each played in their 1st WHL game.

The ICE will host Medicine Hat on Saturday. The Oil Kings will visit Saskatoon and Prince Albert on the weekend.

Game Summary
Edmonton 0-1-0-1 Kootenay 2-1-0-0

1st Period
1. Edmonton, Wruck 1 (Pysyk, Soudek) 2:04
2. Edmonton, Raedeke 2 (Vincour) 3:20 pp
3. Kootenay, Boomer 2 (Rintoul, McNabb) 9:35
Penalties – Ismond Ktn (tripping) 2:54, Mosselaer Edm (tripping) 6:50, Nichol Edm (cross checking) 7:35, Breitkruz Edm (elbowing) 14:16, Sylvester Ktn (hooking) 18:36.
2nd Period
No Scoring
Penalties – Raedeke Rdm (slashing) 4:55, Hlookoff Edm (roughing) 14:33,Pysyk Edm (tripping) 17:33.
3rd Period
4. Kootenay, Montgomery 1 (Boomer, Antilla) 9:52
Penalties – Pysyk Edm (delay of game) 2:09, King Ktn (interference) 3:11, Senkerik Ktn (tripping) 3:38, Montgomery Ktn (goalie interference) 12:55.
No Scoring.
Penalties - None
Edmonton (0) – Vincour, miss; Wruck, miss; Soudek, miss;
Kootenay (1) - Sylvester, miss; Reinhart, miss; Ismond, goal;
Shots on goal by
Edmonton – 13 – 8 – 7 – 1 - 29
Kootenay - 13 – 8 – 13 – 4 - 38
Goal (shots-saves) – Edmonton: Torrie Jung (L 0-1-0-1) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 2-0-0-0)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Edmonton: 1/5 Kootenay: 0/7
Referee – Ryan Bonnett
Linesmen – Steve Cochrane, Mathew Barker
Attendance – 2,439

ICE Trivia Game #3

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

The current Oil Kings team is the 4th WHL franchise for the city of Edmonton. Where did the 3 other teams move to?

ANSWER – 1976 Oil Kings moved to become the Portland Winterhawks. (still active) 1979 Oil Kings moved to become the Great Falls Americans for one season, then to become the Spokane Flyers for 2 years before folding. 1998 ICE moved to Cranbrook to be the Kootenay ICE.


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Magnus Injured

Kootenay ICE forward Christian Magnus broke a finger at practice this week and is out of the line-up 4-6 weeks.

ICE Host Edmonton Tonight

The Kootenay ICE will host Edmonton tonight.
This is the 1st of 6 meetings this year between the clubs.
Last year the Oil Kings took the season series 4-2.
Over the 2 years the ICE have won 4 of the 6 games between the clubs played at the Rec-Plex.
This the 3rd game of the year for the ICE who start the season with 6 straight games against teams from their Central Division.
This is the 2nd game for Edmonton and their 1st road game.
This is the 3rd year for the Oil Kings franchise and over the 2 years the ICE have developed a little bit of a rivalry with the Edmonton team.
After the 1st 2 games the ICE are led in scoring by defensemen Hayden Rintoul and Brayden McNabb each having 4 points.
Dustin Sylvester and Dominik Pacovsky each have 3 points.
Gametime 7.

Monday, September 21, 2009

From The ICE Office

The Weekly ICE Report

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 1-1-0-0 record (1-0-0-0 at home, 0-1-0-0 on the road, 0-0-0 in overtime) and tied for second place in the CENTRAL DIVISION…The ICE finished the 2008-2009 regular season with a 35-29-2-6 record (21-11-1-3 at home, 14-18-1-3 on the road, 9-2-6 in overtime) and in sixth place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE and ninth overall in the WHL…The ICE will play their next three games at home before embarking on a six game road trip (October 3 – 12).

SEASON TICKETS: Fans wishing to purchase Season Tickets can still get them until 5:00 pm on Monday, September 28…The ICE Office currently has many great seats up for grabs…On Tuesday, September 29 individual game tickets for the remainder of the 2009-2010 regular season will go on sale to the general public.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NIGHT: When KOOTENAY hosts the EDMONTON OIL KINGS on Wednesday, September 23 it will be OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD NIGHT…Fans in attendance will be able to collect their shoeboxes at the exits after the game.

PEAK PERFORMANCE MOTORSPORTS NIGHT: On Saturday, September 26 when the ICE host the MEDICINE HAT TIGERS it will be PEAK PERFORMANCE MOTORSPORTS NIGHT…Fans will have the opportunity to pick up hats and t-shirts during one of the intermissions.

SUBWAY CENTRAL DIVISION CHALLENGE CUP: This season KOOTENAY will be facing off against the rest of the CENTRAL DIVISION for a different kind of trophy…The SUBWAY CENTRAL DIVISION CHALLENGE CUP tallies points from head-to-head meetings in the CENTRAL DIVISION and the team with the most points in those head-to-heads at the end of the regular season will be awarded the SUBWAY CENTRAL DIVISION CHALLENGE CUP…Fans can get involved by answering weekly trivia questions to win prizes…To get to the CHALLENGE CUP webpage click on the link at

ROSTER UPDATE: The ICE have 24 players on their roster, including two goalies, eight defensemen and 14 forwards…KOOTENAY begins the 2009-2010 season with 16 returning players from last year.

DID YOU KNOW: The ICE are 7-3-2 in season openers (4-1-1 at home, 3-2-1 on the road)…KOOTENAY finished the 2008 – 2009 regular season with an above .500 record for the tenth consecutive year, which is the longest active streak in the WHL…The ICE made their 11th consecutive playoff appearance last season and were defeated by the BRANDON WHEAT KINGS in the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL…The ICE were 18-13-0-3 against teams from the CENTRAL DIVISION during the 2008-2009 season (12-4-0-1 at home, 6-9-0-2 on the road, 1-6 in overtime).

TRANSACTION: Goaltender DYLAN TAIT (March 1, 1991) has been reassigned to the QUESNEL MILLIONAIRES of the BCHL.

ONE YEAR AGO: After three games of the 2008-2009 season the ICE were 1-1-0-1, after four games 1-2-0-1 and after five games 2-2-0-1.

DRAFTED PLAYER: BRAYDEN MCNABB – Buffalo Sabres (3rd Round, 2009 NHL Draft).


Tuesday September 22 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Wednesday September 23 ICE vs. Edmonton 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Thursday September 24 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Friday September 25 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Saturday September 26 ICE vs. Medicine Hat 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)


Friday, September 18 – Kootenay 8 vs. Lethbridge 1` – Record 1-0-0-0 – Attendance: 2,695
1 – Reinhart (1) from Pacovsky and Rintoul
2 – Antilla (1) from Boomer and McNabb
3 – Reinhart (2) from Sylvester and Pacovsky
4 – Pacovsky (1) from Ismond and McNabb
5 – Boomer (1) from Rintoul and Antilla
6 – King (1) from Sylvester and Fraser
7 – Ismond (1) from Magnus and Machacek
8 – Czerwonka (1) from McNabb and Rintoul
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (13 Saves, 1 GA)

Saturday, September 19 – Kootenay 1 @ Red Deer 7– Record 0-1-0-0 – Attendance: 4,117
1 – McNabb (1) from Sylvester and Rintoul
Goalie: Todd Mathews (43 Saves, 7 GA)

ICE Roster to 24, Make 1 Cut

Goaltender Dylan Tait has been reassigned to the Quesnel of the BCHL.
The roster now has 2 goalies, 8 defensemen and 14 forwards.

10 Things I Think I Think

10 Things I Think I Think is a creation of SI NFL writer Peter King. His Monday Morning Quarterback articles every week are must read for all football fans at In a tribute to him, which is a nice way of saying I stole his concept, here is my 10 for the week.

This weeks’ 10 things are all about the ICE.

1. I think the ICE will go as far as the goaltending will take them. Which can be said by all 22 WHL teams, but over the years the ICE have always seemed to have one of the top goalies in the division and sometimes in the league. Some nights the club will need the goalie to steal a game but most nights just don’t give up the bad goal and everything should be good. The club doesn’t seem to have enough scoring to giving the opposition freebies.
2. I think one of the club’s main goals is to find the right centre to play with Dustin Sylvester. Over the years it’s been guys like Ben Maxwell and Steve DaSilva who had the right chemistry. On opening weekend his linemates were Matt Fraser and Kevin King. Sly can create a lot of scoring chances on his own but to have consistent success he will need to find the right playmaker.
3. I think it’ll be fun to watch Brayden McNabb and Hayden Rintoul be the powerplay quarterbacks. Last year, at the age of 17, both went through growing pains in that role. Petr Senkerick will get a chance on the #2 unit.
4. I think the penalty-kill will be another key to the ICE success this year. Losing Andrew Bailey (dozen blocked shot per game), Ian Barteaux and Tylan Stephens, who all flourished on the PK, are big skates to fill.
5. I think attendance will be a topic around the WHL. The talk of recession all summer long has been lurking as hockey season approached. The ICE had their lowest opening night crowd since moving to the Rec-Plex. That being said, a big thanx to our clients for your continued support on the radio broadcast. The 26 features are sold out. Limited space is available for the regular commercials.
6. I think the ICE will wait a while, maybe a few months, before they fill their last overage spot. It’’ll be a combination of what they feel is their biggest need and what’s available.
7. I think there will be a constant battle to make the game night roster for the 5th and 6th spots on the blueline. Looks like McNabb, Rintoul, Molle and Senkerik are the top 4. Then it’s, in no particular order, Machacek, Martin, Leach and Paulsen. The competition to play should make the team better.
8. I think there is also a battle for the forwards. Unless there is an injury, Skrudland, Hurley and Pearce may rotate for the 12th forward spot. As coach Holick said on the weekend, what you do in practice is as a factor as to who plays and doesn’t play.
9. I think a concern going into the season was who was going to replace Barteaux’s physical presence. Recently the ICE haven’t the leagues’ toughest player but seemed to be okay as far as overall team toughness was concerned. In the opening weekend the club was involved in 11 fights. Czerwonka, Montgomery and Machacek had 2 each. Toughness isn’t just about the fights, it’s the commitment to physical play and the willing to do it every night.
10. I think these are my non-hockey thoughts.
a) It’s the House season premiere tonight. It’s a 2-hour episode and reviews say it’s good enough to be a movie.
b) Love the mobile internet key for the laptop. Able to access the internet while on the bus. Plus when I had problems in the Red Deer arena, I just used the key and was able to access the internet. Talk about having no stress. Keep the comments coming at
c) The baseball playoffs should start tomorrow. I’m already moving towards following the NFL. Nothing left to decide in the playoff races.
d) Available October 20th, Peter King “Monday Morning Quarterback” the book.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Red Deer 7 Kootenay 1 Game #2

The Kootenay ICE went from a 8-1 win on Friday to a 7-1 loss on Saturday.
Message from both games was if you show up and compete, good things will happen. Don't and it won't be pleasant.
Brayden McNabb scored the only goal from Hayden Rintoul and Dustin Sylvester. All 3 players had points in both weekend games. Rintoul had 5 assists in the 2 games.
Shots were 50-15.
PP chances were 11-3.
Rebels also had 4 5-on-3 power-plays.
ICE will host Edmonton on Wednesday.

ICE Trivia Game #2

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Red Deer had the 1st overall pick in the 2008 Bantam Draft and selected Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Twice in their history the ICE picked 1st overall, who did they select?

ANSWER – 1996 Steve McCarthy. 1997 Jarret Stoll.


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Friday, September 18, 2009

Kootenay 8 Lethbridge 1

Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE defenseman Hayden Rintoul had 4 assists in an 8-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in WHL action on Friday night.

ICE opened the scoring as Hayden Rintoul’s waist high point shot was deflected by Max Reinhart.
The ICE then scored 2 goals 66 seconds apart. Joe Antilla found a loose puck in the slot and beat the goalie with a wrist shot.
Reinhart scored his second of the game with a wrist shot from the high slot that beat the goalie on the glove side.
On the power-play the ICE made it 4-0 as Dominik Pacovsly fired a laser high on the glove side.
The ICE then scored 3 goals in 1:32. Steele Boomer scored on a forehand wraparound.
The Hurricanes changed goalies as Ville Kolpannen, rookie from Finland, made his WHL debut.
The ICE scored on their 1st 2 shots on the new netminder.
Kevin King pushed in a loose puck near the crease to make it 6-0.
Jesse Ismond completed a 2-on-1 break as he redirected a pass from Christian Magnus.
Drew Czerwonka got a power-play goal on a defelction.
Lethbridge got their only goal with 7 seconds left as Cam Braes completed a 2-on-1 break.

ICE welcomed back defenseman Brayden McNabb who was just sent back from Buffalo Sabres camp.

Hurricanes were without 3 players who are at or are just returning from NHL camps in defenseman Brennan Yadlowsi and forwards Kyle Beach & Carter Ashton.

The game marked the debut for Lethbridge’s new Head Coach/GM Rich Preston who coached in the WHL with Regina in 95-97. The last 12 years he has been a NHL Assistant Coach with Calgary and San Jose.

Because of renovations at their home rink Lethbridge is starting the season with 8 straight road games. Their 1st home game is October 9th.
Saturday they visit Medicine Hat.

The game marked the beginning of the 14th year of the ICE Franchise and their 12th in Cranbrook.
On opening night the ICE have a record of 8-4-2.
And on home openers’ the ICE record is 9-3-2.

The ICE will visit Red Deer on Saturday.

Game Summary
Lethbridge 0-1-0-0 Kootenay 1-0-0-0

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Reinhart 1 (Rintoul, Pacovsky) 3:48
2. Kootenay, Antilla 1 (Rintoul, McNabb) 16:47
3. Kootenay, Reinhart 2 (2) (Sylvester, Pacovsky) 17:53
Penalties – King Ktn (roughing) 5:59, Fyten Leth (roughing, fighting) King Ktn (fighting) 11:36, Ryckman Leth (slashing, fighting) Castro Leth (game misc for 3rd man in) Montgomery Ktn (fighting) 14:40, Ryckman Leth (slashing) 19:41.
2nd Period
4. Kootenay, Pacovsky 1 (Ismond) 5:42 pp
5. Kootenay, Boomer 1 (Rintoul, Antilla) 15:50
6. Kootenay, King 1 (Ismond, Fraser) 16:08
7. Kootenay, Ismond 1 (Magnus, Machacek) 17:22
Penalties – King Ktn (triping) :24, Mestery Leth (hooking) 5:14, Bench Leth (too many men) 7:28, Bancks Leth Senkerick Ktn (fighting) 13:46, Braes Leth Skrudland (fighting) 14:20, Mestery Leth CZerwonka Ktn (fighting) 17:51.
3rd Period
8. Kootenay, Czerwonka 1 (McNabb, Rintoul) 11:49 pp
9. Lethbridge Braes 1 (Moser, Henke) 19:53
Penalty Shot – Henke Leth missed.
Penalties – Boomer Ktn (delay of game puck over glass) 3:13, Sutter Leth (delay of game, unsportsmanlike) 8:10, Rintoul Ktn (tripping) 15:25
Shots on goal by
Lethbridge - 1 - 3 – 10 = 14
Kootenay - 16 – 23 – 9 = 48
Goal (shots-saves) – Lethbridge: Michael Tadjdeh (33-28) (L 0-1-0-0) Ville Kolpannen 15:50 second (15-12) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (14-13 (W 1-0-0-0)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Lethbridge: 0/4 Kootenay: 2/8
Referees – Trevor Hanson, Ryan Thompson
Linesmen – Matthew Barker, Jim Maniago
Attendance – 2,695

ICE Trivia Game #1

During every ICE broadcast we will ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Dustin Sylvester is in his 5th year with the ICE and his 1st as the Captain. Who were the captains of the ICE in the previous 4 years.

ANSWER – Andrew Bailey, Steve DaSilva, Ryan Russell and Adam Cracknell.


Off The Net

If you have a question that you want answered during a broadcast email me …

McNabb Is Back And Will Play

The Buffalo Sabres have sent defenseman Brayden McNabb back to the Kootenay ICE. He is the 3rd and final player to return from NHL camps. He is in tonight's line-up.

ICE Host Lethbridge Tonight

The Kootenay ICE will start a new season tonight.
This is the first of 6 meetings between the clubs, last year they split their 6-game series.
Exhibition stats don’t mean a thing but just so you know the ICE won 3 of the 4 preseason games and Lethbridge was winless. Both teams used extremely young line-ups.
Both clubs are affected by NHL camps as the ICE are without Brayden McNabb. Hurricanes will be missing Brennan Yadlowski, Kyle Beach and Carter Ashton.
Since moving to Cranbrook the ICE have won 7 of 11 home openers with 2 losses and 2 ties. Last year the ICE beat Spokane on opening night.
Because of renovations on their home building Lethbridge is starting the year with 8 straight home games.
The ICE will be displaying a new look with their new uniforms. But their will be familiar faces with 18 players who played games with the ICE last year on the roster.
There is a lot of optimism with the ICE as they made trades last year to get younger and still found success. Now everyone is a year older and expectations are always to make the playoffs and that doesn’t change this year.

The Pre-Game Show is at 6:30 on The Drive.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Broadcaster Predictions

Here is a prediction on the final standings from the WHL play-by-play announcers.
Eastern announcers voted for the East Conference and the West voices had the say in the West Conference.
Thanx to Les Lazaruk, Blades announcer, for doing the annual tabulations.

Eastern Conference

Medicine Hat
Swift Current

Red Deer
Moose Jaw
Prince Albert

Western Conference


Prince George

Monday, September 14, 2009

ICE Cut 3, Roster to 25

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has released three players to bring their roster down to 25.

Michael Cassivi 18 Abbotsford, BC Left Wing TBA
Tyler Vanscourt 17 Corona, CA Defense TBA
John Neibrandt 17 Yorkton, SK Defense Yorkton Terriers – SJHL

“It is always difficult to release veteran players, but we feel some of the new players have surpassed them in their attempt to make the team. We would like to thank both Michael and Tyler for all their hard work over the past year and wish them the best in their future hockey careers,” commented Chynoweth.

As a result of today’s transactions, the ICE are carrying three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards. Of those, Brayden McNabb is currently still at the Buffalo Sabres Training Camp.

Goalies (3)
Todd Mathews (19)
Nathan Lieuwen (18)
Dylan Tait (18)

Defensemen (8)
Ryan Molle (20)
Brayden McNabb (18)
Hayden Rintoul (18)
James Martin (18)
Cason Machacek (18)
Petr Senkerik (18)
Joey Leach (17)
Luke Paulsen (17)

Forwards (14)
Dustin Sylvester (20)
Kevin King (19)
Steele Boomer (19)
Matt Fraser (19)
Dominik Pacovsky (19)
Joe Antilla (18)
Jesse Ismond (18)
Simon Skrudland (18)
Drew Czerwonka (17)
Max Reinhart (17)
Christian Magnus (17)
Elgin Pearce (17)
Brock Montgomery (17)
Brendan Hurley (16)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Kootenay 4 Red Deer 3 SO Exhibition Game #4

The Kootenay ICE wrapped up their preseason with a game in Innisfail against Red Deer. The Club won 4-3 in an overtime shootout to end up with a 3-1-0-0 exhibition record.

ICE Goals –
Matt Fraser scored on a rebound and lifted it in on the backhand.
On a two-man advantage Dominik Pacovky deflected a point shot from Luke Paulsen.
Domink scored his 2nd of the game and 3rd of the preseason by banging in a rebound.

ICE Line-up
Goalies – Nathan Lieuwen, Todd Mathews
Defense – Hayden Rintoul, John Neibrandt, James Martin, Tyler Vanscourt, Luke Paulsen, Cason Machacek, Ryan Molle, Joey Leach
Forwards – Joe Antilla, Michael Cassivi, Matt Fraser, Brendan Hurley, Jessi Ismond, Christian Magnus, Brock Montgomery, Dominik Pacovsky, Elgin Pearce, Simon Skrudland

Dustin Sylvester (Anaheim) and Kevin King (Minnesota) have returned from NHL camps. Brayden McNabb (Buffalo) is the only player not with the club.

GM Jeff Chynoweth says he hopes to make 2-3 roster cuts before the regular season starts.

ICE Alumni Luke Weins dropped the puck for the ceremonial face-off.

It was standing room only with a crowd of 1,200.

Game Summary

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Fraser 1 (Leach) :35
2. Red Deer, Persson (Morin) 1:52 pp
3. Kootenay, Pacovsky 2 (Paulsen, Rintoul) 18:44 5-on-3 pp
Penalties – Machacek Ktn (roughing, fighting, game misc) Cowen RD (fighting, game misc), Molle Ktn (cross checking, fighting, game misc) Petrovic RD (fighting, game misc) 5:05, Esposito RD (kneeing) 7:30, Ismond Ktn (charging) 10:29, Deagle RD (tripping) 17:34, Morin RD (delay of game) 17:58, Magnus Ktn (tripping) 19:00.
2nd Period
No Scoring
Penalties – Martin Ktn (hooking) 1:43.
3rd Period
4. Red Deer, Esposito 1:10
5. Red Deer, Mireau (Ferguson) 14:03 pp
6. Kootenay, Pacovsky 3 (2) (Vanscourt, Leach) 16:21
Penalties – Leach Ktn (tripping) 2:51, Bench Ktn (too many men) 4:58, Miller RD (interference) 8:45, Martin Ktn (tripping) 12:50, Montgomery Ktn Esposito RD (unsportsmanlike) 14:10, Montgomery Ktn Esposito RD (fighting, game misc) 16:14, Antilla Ktn Kambeitz RD (roughing) 17:01.
No Scoring
Penalties – Paulsen Ktn (tripping) 1:59, Mathews Ktn (slashing) 3:19, Archer RD (roughing) 5:00.
Red Deer (1) – Green, miss; Nugent-Hopkins, miss; Ferguson, goal; Mireau, miss.
Kootenay (2) – Rintoul, miss, Ismond, goal, Magnus, miss, Cassivi, goal.
Shots on goal by
Red Deer – 16 – 7 – 15 – 6 = 44
Kootenay – 10 – 6 – 6 – 2 = 24
Goal (shots-saves) – Red Deer: Cam Gorchynski (24-21) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (21-20) Todd Mathews 12:10 second (23-21)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Red Deer: 2/11 Kootenay: 1/4

Thursday, September 10, 2009

ICE Release 2, Roster at 28

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has released two players to bring their roster down to 28.

Jordan Bauer 18 Edmonton, AB Right Wing Junior A – AJHL
Bryton Mills 17 Stony Plain, AB Left Wing Junior A – AJHL

As a result of today’s transactions, the ICE are still carrying three goaltenders, ten defencemen and 15 forwards. Of those, three are currently at NHL Camps (Dustin Sylvester – Anaheim, Kevin King – Minnesota, Brayden McNabb - Buffalo)

The first regular season home action for the ICE will be Friday, September 18 against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7:00 pm. Tickets for this game are available at the Kootenay ICE Office and Kootenay Collectibles. Season Tickets are also available for pick up at the ICE Office.

Goalies (3)
Todd Mathews (19)
Nathan Lieuwen (18)
Dylan Tait (18)

Defensemen (10)
Ryan Molle (20)
Brayden McNabb (18)
Hayden Rintoul (18)
James Martin (18)
Cason Machacek (18)
Petr Senkerik (18)
Tyler Vanscourt (17)
Joey Leach (17)
Luke Paulsen (17)
John Niebrandt (17)

Forwards (15)
Dustin Sylvester (20)
Kevin King (19)
Steele Boomer (19)
Matt Fraser (19)
Dominik Pacovsky (19)
Joe Antilla (18)
Jesse Ismond (18)
Michael Cassivi (18)
Simon Skrudland (18)
Drew Czerwonka (17)
Max Reinhart (17)
Christian Magnus (17)
Elgin Pearce (17)
Brock Montgomery (17)
Brendan Hurley (16)

ICE New Jerseys A Closer Look

Baseball Stadium Feasibility Study Underway

I was lucky enough to be in the early discussions of getting a baseball stadium in Cranbrook and here is an update on the Home Run Society.

The Home Run Society today announced the awarding of their
baseball stadium feasibility study contract to GEC Architecture, who
bring with them over 40 years of experience in developing world class
recreation facilities. GEC is a Calgary-based architectural company
which provides expertise in programming, feasibility studies, and the
design and the development of recreational facilities.

"We are extremely pleased to have retained the services of GEC
Architecture," said Garry Slonowski, President of the Home Run
Society. "They have a proven track record of expertise in recreation
planning and the development of world class facilities."

Some of the notable highlights of GEC's experience are the Pengrowth
Saddledome, Calgary Olympic Speed Skating Oval, and the highly
acclaimed Armstrong-Spallumcheen Arena which was a throwback to an
all-wood design. GEC also has a wealth of experience in master
recreation plans and feasibility studies for clients such as Medicine
Hat, Banff, Canmore, Canada Olympic Park and Max Bell Arena.

"When we started researching companies who could provide this service,
GEC was always at the top of our list," continued Slonowski. "We were
very impressed with the work they recently did for the proposed
Medicine Hat Arena. In fact, the deliverables of our study were
modelled upon the work they did on that study. We felt it was very
thorough and provided a good tool to determine the design,
construction, and operation of a facility that would meet that
community's current and future needs."

The Home Run Society originally proposed the new baseball stadium in a
presentation to Cranbrook City Council in February. The presentation
outlined the goals of the society and provided the rationale for a
building new baseball stadium for Cranbrook.

"A new stadium could open a lot of doors for our community," said
Slonowski. "Whether it's a new franchise or hosting International
tournaments, we feel the community would benefit both intrinsically
and economically."

"We really admire the Okotoks model. They have done an excellent job
in all areas - from building a premiere stadium, right through to
developing a special relationship between the community and their
franchise. They package an exciting product with between-inning
promotions and a first class baseball experience. The games are a
can't miss event for the entire community, and they average over 1500
fans per game."

The feasibility study is scheduled to be conducted throughout the
Winter with the outcomes to be presented to Cranbrook City Council by
GEC Architecture in the Spring.

The funding for the study was provided through the Columbia Basin
Trust Community Initiatives program, which has been instrumental in
helping to move the development process forward.

"We would like to sincerely thank the City of Cranbrook and the
Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) in the support of our goals," said
Slonowski. "It has made a big difference in our project moving from
concept towards reality."

"We would also love to hear from anybody who is interested in
providing their input and experiences on what is needed in a new
community facility. Although it would primarily be used for baseball,
we have always envisioned that the facility could be used for other
activities such as Canada Day celebrations or outdoor concerts. It
would be an absolutely incredible setting for other community

For more information on the project or to get involved, please visit
the Home Run Society's web site:

Garry Slonowski
President, Cranbrook Baseball Home Run Society

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kootenay 5 Lethbridge 4 SO Exhibition Game #3

The Kootenay ICE and Lethbridge Hurricanes went to an overtime shootout with ICE winning 5-4.

ICE Lineup
Goalies – Nathan Lieuwen, Dylan Tait.
Defense – James Martin, John Neibrandt, Luke Paulsen, Mike Simpson (15-year-old, 6th round pick in 2009), Joey Leach, Ryan Molle.
Forwards – Dominik Pacovsky, Matt Fraser, Brendan Hurley, Elgin Pearce, Simon Skrudland, Joe Antilla, Jesse Ismond, Steele Boomer, Brock Montgomery, Bryton Mills, Michael Cassivi, Jordan Bauer.

The ICE will play their final exhibition game tomorrow in Innisfail against Red Deer.
The Drive and B-104 will have period reports.

Game Summary

1st Period
1. Lethbridge, Tarnasky 5:59
2. Kootenay, Antilla 1 (Pearce, Skrudland) 13:14 pp
Penalties – Graham Leth (interference) 3:01, Orfino Leth Martin Ktn (fighting, game misc) 6:53, Henke Leth (hooking) 11:49, Molle Ktn (cross checking) 18:24.
2nd Period
3. Lethbridge, Jackson (Braes, Ross) :24 pp
4. Kootenay, Boomer 1 (Molle) 2:26 5-on-3 pp
5. Kootenay, Montgomery 1 (Ismond, Molle) 13:44
Penalties – Ryckman Leth (holding) :34, Sutter Leth (instigator, fighting, game misc) Leach Ktn (fighting) 1:38, Jackson Leth (hooking) 2:54, Ross Leth (hooking) 6:19, Hurley Ktn (slashing) 14:27.
3rd Period
6. Lethbridge, Taylor :37
7. Lethbridge, Moser (Taylor) 11:14
8. Kootenay, Ismond 1 (Molle, Montgomery) 15:15
Penalties – Graham Leth (hooking) :54, Pearce Ktn (hooking) 3:03, Fraser Ktn (hooking) 4:05, Boomer Ktn (holding) 5:15, Fraser Ktn (cross checking) 7:15.
No Scoring
Penalties - None
Lethbridge ( )- Braes, miss; Moser, miss; Reners, miss;
Kootenay ( ) - Pacovsky, miss; Fraser, goal;
Shots on goal by
Lethbridge – 8 - 3 – 9 – 2 = 22
Kootenay - 4 – 12 – 5 – 1 = 22
Goal (shots-saves) – Lethbridge: Brandon Anderson (22-18) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (9-8) Dylan Tait 11:07 second (13-10 )
Power plays (goals-chances) - Lethbridge: 1/6 Kootenay: 2/7

ICE New Look

The Kootenay ICE have made some major changes to their new look with the new Reebok form fitting jerseys. The logo stays the same and so does the shoulder patch. Gone is diagonal bar at the bottom. Team colours remain the same. Also some minor changes to the name bar and numbers.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

ICE New Jersey Update

The ICE will be wearing their new jerseys for the 1st time for game action on opening of the regular season.
Fans will be able to see what they look like on the ICE website starting tomorrow morning.
Fans will be able to purchase them starting tomorrow morning.

ICE 3 Cuts

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has reduced their roster to 30 players.

Ryan Bloom 16 Calgary, AB Center Calgary Buffaloes - AMHL
Adam Rossignol 16 Surrey, BC Center Aldergrove Kodiaks – PIJHL
Mackenzie Skapski 15 Abbotsford, BC Goaltender Fraser Valley Bruins – BCMML

As a result of today’s transactions, the ICE are still carrying three goaltenders, ten defencemen and 17 forwards. Of those, three are currently at NHL Camps (Dustin Sylvester – Anaheim, Kevin King – Minnesota, Brayden McNabb - Buffalo)

The first home action for the ICE will be an exhibition game on Wednesday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7:00 pm. Tickets are currently available for that game.

Goalies (3)
Todd Mathews (19)
Nathan Lieuwen (18)
Dylan Tait (18)

Defensemen (10)
Ryan Molle (20)
Brayden McNabb (18)
Hayden Rintoul (18)
James Martin (18)
Cason Machacek (18)
Petr Senkerik (18)
Tyler Vanscourt (17)
Joey Leach (17)
Luke Paulsen (17)
John Niebrandt (17)

Forwards (17)
Dustin Sylvester (20)
Kevin King (19)
Steele Boomer (19)
Matt Fraser (19)
Dominik Pacovsky (19)
Joe Antilla (18)
Jesse Ismond (18)
Michael Cassivi (18)
Jordan Bauer (18)
Simon Skrudland (18)
Drew Czerwonka (17)
Max Reinhart (17)
Christian Magnus (17)
Elgin Pearce (17)
Brock Montgomery (17)
Bryton Mills (17)
Brendan Hurley (16)

ICE New Jersey & Only Home Preseason Game

The Kootenay ICE will have a major new look this year as they’ll be wearing new jerseys. What will they look like? Are they changing their colors or logo? All the details will be unveiled tomorrow morning at 11am. Also tomorrow the ICE will host Lethbridge in their only home exhibition game.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Kootenay 5 Lethbridge 3 Exhibition Game #2

The Kootenay ICE played their 2nd game of the preseason against Lethbridge in a game that was played in the Crowsnest Pass and won by a 5-3 score.

ICE goals – Dominik Pacovsky on a partial breakaway went with a forehand deke through the legs.
- Brendan Hurley on a slap shot from the circle dot that went in off the top of the goalies pad.
- Tyler Vanscourt with a high wrist shot that beat the screened netminder.
- Hurley, with his 2nd, pounced on rebound to get the eventual game winner. Hurley had a chance to get a hat-trick by was stopped on a penalty shot.
- Joey Leach wristed a shot from the top of the circle and deflected of something and went in.

Hurricanes 1st goal was something from bizzaro world as the ICE were operating in the attacking zone on a power-play. The ICE pulled their goalie as there as a delayed penalty waiting to be called. The ICE attempted a shot at the Lethbridge blueline, but it was blocked in the shin pads and somehow rolled all the way into the ICE open net.
The 3rd Lethbridge goal was actually knocked in by a high stick, but it was ICE players' stick that put it in.

Fights –
1st period Cason Machacek vs Derek Ryckman. With the automatic game misconduct both teams were down to 5 defensemen the rest of the game.
2nd period Brock Montgomery vs Max Ross. Montgomery was upset with being clipped by Ross on the previous shift and instigated the encounter.

The ICE will host Lethbridge at the Rec-Plex on Wednesday at 7.

ICE Lineup
Goalies – Todd Mathews, MacKenzie Skapski.
Defense – James Martin, Tyler Vanscourt, Luke Paulsen, Cason Machacek, Joey Leach, John Neibrandt.
Forwards – Bryton Mills, Ryan Bloom, Jordan Bauer, Brendan Hurley, Christian Magnus, Brock Montgomery, Joe Antilla, Simon Skrudland, Michael Cassivi, Elgin Pearce, Adam Rossignol, Dominik Pacovsky.

Game Summary

1st Period
1. Lethbridge, Henke 2:01 sh
2. Lethbridge, Ross 13:56 pp
Penalties – Ross Leth (roughing) 1:05, Henry Leth (high stick) 2:01, Taylor Leth (roughing) 4:38, Bench Leth (too may men) 7:42, Jackson Leth (hooking) 11:17, Mills Ktn (check from behind) 13:34, Mills Ktn (tripping) 17:13, Orfino Leth (roughing) 17:37, Antilla Ktn (cross checking) Machacek Ktn (roughing, fighting, game) Ross Leth (fighting, game) 18:50.
2nd Period
3 Kootenay, Pacovsky 1 5:18 4-on-4
4 Kootenay, Hurley 1 7:50 pp
5 Kootenay, Vanscourt 1 (Rossignol) 13:09
6. Lethbridge, Tot 13:44
Penalties – Vanscourt Ktn (unsportsmanlike) Castro Leth (roughing) 4:31, Ross Leth (elbowing) 6:54, Montgomery Ktn (unsportsmanlike) Ross Leth (clipping) Hulit Leth (holding) 15:96, Montgomery Ktn (cross checking, instigator, fighting, game) Ross Leth (fighting) 18:46.
3rd Period
7. Kootenay, Hurler 2 (Pacovsky) 8:49
8. Kootenay, Leach 1 17:04
Missed Penalty Shot – Hurley Ktn 15:50
Penalties – Graham Leth (delay of game) 11:20, Cassivi Ktn (misconduct) Jackson Leth (holding, misconduct) 17:28, Niebrandt Ktn (cross checking) Ross Leth (misconduct) 18:56, Hurley Ktn (unsportsmanlike) 19:14.
Shots on goal by
Lethbridge – 11 - 7 - 4 = 22
Kootenay – 19 – 21 – 16 = 56
Goal (shots-saves) – Lethbridge: Michael Tadjdeh (56-51) Kootenay: Todd Mathews (12-11) MacKenzie Skapski 9:38 of second (9-8)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Lethbridge: 1/8 Kootenay: 1/9

Friday, September 4, 2009

Calgary 5 Kootenay 3 Exhibition Game #1

The Kootenay ICE opened their preseason with a 5-3 loss against Calgary in a game that was played in the Crowsnest Pass.

ICE goal scorers were Simon Skrudland, Max Reinhart and Ryan Bloom,
At one point the ICE led 3-1 and with 4 minutes left in the 2nd period they were out shooting Calgary 27-17. In the final 24 minutes Calgary outshot the ICE 28-5.

The ICE line-up consisted of 16, 17 & 18-year-olds.
Seven of the players were on the ICE roster last year. (Nathan Lieuwen, Tyler Vanscourt, Cason Machacek, Christian Magnus, Jesse Ismond, Max Reinhart & Michael Cassivi.
Calgary had two 20-year-olds and one 19-year-old and had 10 WHL veterans.

Max Reinhart and Petr Senkerik left the game early with minor injuries.

The ICE will play Lethbridge in the Crowsnest Pass on Sunday at 4.

ICE Lineup
Goalies – Lieuwen, Dylan Tait.
Defense – Vanscourt, Luke Paulsen, Machacek, Joey Leach, Petr Senkerik, John Neibrandt.
Forwards – Ryan Bloom, Bryton Mills, Jordan Bauer, Simon Skrudland, Magnus, Adam Rossignol, Elgin Pearce, Ismond, Reinhart, Brock Montgomery, Brendan Hurley, Cassivi.

Game Summary

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Skrudland 1 (Ismond, Cassivi) :37
2. Kootenay, Reinhart 1 (Senkerik) 11:56 4-on-4
3. Calgary, Madaisky 1 (MacKenzie) 19:22 5-on-3 pp
Penalties – Hurley Ktn McKenzie Calg (roughing) 9:07, Mills Ktn (boarding) 11:18, Vanscourt Ktn (roughing) 17:59, Lieuwen Ktn (delay puck over the glass) 19:21.
2nd Period
4. Kootenay, Bloom 1 (Leach, Montgomery) 7:22
Penalties – Beach Calg (check from behind) :12, Beach Calg (holding) 13:30, Tait Ktn (delay not playing puck) 16:08, Skrudland Ktn (hooking) Cassivi Ktn (roughing) Fiddler Calg (roughing) 19:01.
3rd Period
5. Calgary, Madaisky 2 (Gross) :24 pp
6. Calgary, McKenzie 1 (Fiddler) 12:13
7. Calgary, Hilton 1 (MacKenzie, Roach) 14:41 pp
8. Calgary, Hilton 2 (MacDonald) 19:24 sh en
Penalties – Hurley Ktn (boarding) 9:24, Machacek Ktn (kneeing) 13:10, Ismond Ktn Fiddler Calg (fighting, game) 17:54, Royer Calg (roughing) 18:05.
Shots on goal by
Calgary - 10 – 18 – 17 = 45
Kootenay – 11 – 17 – 4 = 32
Goal (shots-saves) – Calgary: Chase Komistek (20-17) Michael Snider 9:56 of second (12-12) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (16-15) Dylan Tait 9:56 of second (28-25)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Calgary: 3/7 Kootenay: 0/3

ICE vs Calgary @ Crowsnest Pass

The Kootenay ICE will play their 1st preseason game tonight in the Crowsnest Pass against Calgary.
With 32 players on the roster the club plans on going with a very young roster for the game.
The thought earlier this week was maybe only 5-6 returning players on the roster.
3 players will leave or have left the club to attend NHL camps. Brayden McNabb to Buffalo, Dustin Sylvester to Anaheim and Kevin King to Minnesota.
Gametime is at 7.
The Drive & B-104 will have period reports throughout the evening.
Sunday at 4, also in the Crowsnest Pass, the ICE will play Lethbridge.
The Drive & B-104 will also have period reports on that game.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ryan Molle The Interview

Newly acquired defenseman Ryan Molle talks about the trade to the ICE, what type of defensman he is and wants to be, about being the oldest Dman on the roster and what he knows about the ICE organization.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Get To Know Ryan Molle

Here is what I know about Ryan Molle.
Based on last years' info he is 6'2" 199 lbs.
Native of Calgary.
Shoots right.
Last year with Swift Current 57 GP 0-15-15 94pm Playoffs 7 GP 0-1-1 12pm.
Career 183 GP 3-27-30 203pm Career Playoffs 25 GP 1-3-4 34pm.
In the 2004 Bantam Draft he was selected by Vancouver in the 2nd round.
Sept 20/06 Swift Current acquired from Vancouver for 2007 3rd round Bantam pick.
In the 2007 NHL Draft he was selected in the 7th round by New Jersey, but went unsigned.
His Father is Bob Molle who is a former CFL offensive lineman.

Interview With Jeff Chynoweth

ICE GM Jeff Chynoweth talks about newly acquired defenseman Ryan Molle, what he will bring to the club, how soon he plans to acquire another overager and want he wants too see from his players in preseason play on the weekend.

ICE Trade With Swift Current

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the Club has acquired overage defenseman Ryan Molle from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for Kootenay’s fourth round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

“This trade gives us additional depth on our blue line and should take some pressure off the 1991 and 1992 group of defensemen. Ryan is a three year veteran of the WHL and that experience and leadership will be key for our Hockey Club,” commented Chynoweth.

With today’s transaction the ICE now have two 20-year-olds on their roster and are carrying 33 players (four goalies, ten defensemen and 19 forwards).

Ryan Molle will be arriving in Cranbrook tomorrow in time for practice at 11:45 am.

Ryan Molle
January 29, 1989 * Hometown: Calgary, AB
Defenseman * Shoots: Right * 6’3”, 197 lbs.
WHL Bantam Draft: Vancouver Giants (2nd Round, 2004 WHL Bantam Draft)
NHL Draft: New Jersey Devils (7th Round, 2007 NHL Draft)
2004-05 Vancouver Giants 1 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Vancouver Giants 2 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Swift Current Broncos 61 1 4 5 52
2007-08 Swift Current Broncos 62 2 8 10 57
2008-09 Swift Current Broncos 57 0 15 15 94

U-17 Rosters

The U-17 tournament this year will be held in Timmins, Ont from Dec 28-Jan 5/10.
There are 4 Kootenay ICE players on the preliminary rosters.
Team Pacific (players from BC & Alberta)
Forward Brendan Hurley Alberta
Defenseman Jagger Dirk BC
Forward Stefan Nicholishen BC

Team West (players from Saskatchewan & Manitoba)
Goalie Brett Teskey Saskatchewan

Here are the 4 provinces preliminary players lists. Eventally 11 players from each province will make the final roster.
I have added what WHL team has them on their list. Hopefully there are no mistakes.

Alberta List
Jordan Cooke G Leduc Kelowna
Liam Liston G St. Albert Brandon
Austin Smith G Calgary Swift Current
Myles Bell D Calgary Regina
Dylan Busenius D Sherwood Park Medicine Hat
Tyler Hanson D Magrath Kamloops
Sam Jardine D Lacombe Red Deer
Peter Kosterman D Calgary Calgary
Tanner Muth D Calgary Seattle
Shane Pilling D Lethbridge Prince George
Reece Scarlett D Sherwood Park Swift Current
Duncan Siemens D Sherwood Park Saskatoon
Dillon Simpson D Edmonton Kelowna
Mitch Topping D Red Deer Chilliwack
Nathan Burns F Edmonton Vancouver
Travis Ewanyk F St. Albert Edmonton
Max Moline F Lethbridge Tri City
Nils Moser F Canmore Tri City
Ty Rattie F Airdrie Portland
Lukas Sutter F Lethbridge Saskatoon
Jason Swyripa F Calgary Brandon
Joshua Winquist F St. Albert Everett
Jordan Wyton F Lethbridge Moose Jaw
Brendan Hurley F Fort Saskatchewan Kootenay
Mitch Holmberg F Sherwood Park Spokane
Adam Lowry F Calgary Swift Current
Reid Petryk F Edmonton Medicine Hat
Daulton Siwak F Olds Red Deer
Colin Smith F Edmonton Kamloops
Philip Tot F Calgary Lethbridge
Klarc Wilson F Edmonton Brandon
Mark McNeill F Edmonton Prince Albert

BC List
Laurent Brossoit G Surrey Edmonton
Eric Williams G Langley Prince Albert
Jagger Dirk D Penticton Kootenay
Luke Fenske D Penticton Vancouver
Zach Hodder D Delta Vancouver
Alex Roach D Quesnel Calgary
Dalton Thrower D North Vancouver Saskatoon
Tyler Wotherspoon D Surrey Portland
Zac Yuen D Vancouver Tri City
Michael Aviani F North Vancouver Spokane
Brock Balson F Kamloops Prince Albert
Brady Brassart F North Vancouver Spokane
Brandon Bruce F Kelowna Swift Current
Brandon Formosa F Mission Prince Albert
Spencer Graboski F Quesnel Kelowna
Aaron Hadley F Castlegar Vancouver
Manraj Hayer F Vancouver Everett
Joseph Kornelsen F Abbotsford Moose Jaw
Zack McPhee F Vernon Tri City
Stefan Nicholishen F Penticton Kootenay
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins F Burnaby Red Deer
Colton Sissons F North Vancouver Saskatoon

Manitoba List
Edie Brendan G Dugald Spokane
Iwan Adam G Winnipeg Saskatoon
Oswald Tyler G Sanford Saskatoon
Bresciani Channing D Winnipeg Red Deer
Dech Ryan D Winnipeg Edmonton
Edmundson Joel D Brandon Moose Jaw
Franczyk Matthew D Winnipeg Moose Jaw
Friesen Hudson D Dugald Regina
Gow Reid D Killarney Regina
Hunter Rene D Ebb and Flow Brandon
Morden Evan D Swan River Everett
Falloon Derek F Russell Chilliwack
Franko Zachery F Winnipeg Kelowna
Illchuk Brendyn F Lockport Tri City
Lewis Austin F Brandon Brandon
Lockhart Connor F Winnipeg
McBain Graham F Winnipeg Saskatoon
Meilleur Jens F Marquette Kamloops
Mospanchuk Colin F Winnipeg Medicine Hat
Oliver Curtis F Elkhorn
Robinson Chad F Minnedosa Red Deer
Sofillas Michael F Morden Lethbridge
St. Croix Michael F Winnipeg Edmonton
Thomson Landon F MacGregor
Vanteeling Mitchell F Brandon Kamloops

Saskatchewan List
Corbin Boes G Saskatoon Portland
Zachary Rakochy G Canora Red Deer
Brett Teskey G Regina Kootenay
Tyler Borstmayer D St. Brieux Edmonton
Tanner Clark D Rosetown Kelowna
Kale Derkson D Regina Chilliwack
Jesse Forsberg D Waldheim Prince George
Jordan Fransoo D North Battleford Brandon
Alex Laird D Swift Current
Ryan Murray D White City Everett
Matthew Pufahl D Saskatoon Red Deer
Harrison Ruopp D Zehner Prince Albert
Kyle Schmidt D Waldheim Calgary
Logan Sproule D Saskatoon Edmonton
Jordan Swenson D Saskatoon Spokane
Blaine Thomson D Assiniboia Prince George
Zach Walker D Saltcoats Seattle
Brent Benson F Weyburn Saskatoon
Spencer Crow F Melville Vancouver
Austin Daae F Estevan Calgary
James Dombowsky F Avonlea Kamloops
Wilson Dumais F Southend Prince George
Nate Ferris F Weyburn
Todd Fiddler F Meadow Lake Medicine Hat
Tyler Giebel F Balgonie Everett
Matthew Hildebrandt F Rosthern Regina
Brayden Holloway F Wapella Portland
Boston Leier F Saskatoon Medicine Hat
JC Lipon F Regina Kamloops
Robbie Newton F Saskatoon Seattle
Jeff Olson F Kindersley Brandon
Andre Parker F Melville Vancouver
Taylor Reich F Estevan Moose Jaw
Dayton Reinboldt F Fox Valley Regina
Jared Samborski F North Battleford
Dustin Skilliter F Hudson Bay Calgary
Dyson Stevenson F Shaunavon Regina
Beau Stewart F Outlook Prince Albert
Tayler Thompson F Bredenbury Portland
Carson Trask F Saskatoon