Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Red Deer 4 Kootenay 2 Game #2

The Red Deer Rebels scored 3 goals during a 3:13 span in the 2nd period in a 4-2 win over the Kootenay ICE.

James Martin scored his 2nd of the season on a wrist shot from the high slot that beat the screened goalie.
Matt Fraser scored his 1st of the season on a partial breakaway. He went backhand, forehand deke and tucked it in near the post.

ICE will host Spokane on Friday.

ICE Scratches - Nathan Lieuwen (knee, day-to-day), Brayden McNabb (NHL, returning to Cranbrook Thursday), Kevin King (extra over-ager), Ryan Bloom, Eric Benoit.

Lieuwen got hit with a puck on the side of his knee at practice yesterday and did not make the trip.
McNabb did not play in the last 2 Buffalo exhibition games and has been reassigned to the ICE. Should be in the lineup Friday against Spokane.

Kootenay 0 2 0 - 2
Red Deer 1 3 0 - 4

1st Period-1, Red Deer, Kudrna 4 (Froese, Nugent-Hopkins), 19:57 (PP). Penalties-Kudrna R.d (tripping), 9:16; Czerwonka Ktn (interference), 19:07.

2nd Period-2, Kootenay, Martin 2 (Rintoul, Boomer), 3:34. 3, Red Deer, Kambeitz 1 9:11 (SH). 4, Red Deer, Nugent-Hopkins 3 (Persson), 11:22. 5, Red Deer, Elson 2 (Kudrna, Froese), 12:24 (PP). 6, Kootenay, Fraser 1 (Ismond, Reinhart), 17:03. Penalties-Petrovic R.d (boarding), 1:17; Fraser Ktn (roughing), 2:07; Cowen R.d (hooking), 2:45; Petrovic R.d (holding), 8:28; Pearce Ktn (holding), 11:43; Boomer Ktn (checking from behind), 18:59; Petrovic R.d (slashing), 19:26.

3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Leach Ktn (tripping), 6:54; Mayor R.d (tripping), 6:54; Czerwonka Ktn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:13; Archer R.d (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:13.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 7-9-7-23. Red Deer 6-12-17-35.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 0 / 5; Red Deer 2 / 3.
Goalies-Kootenay, Mathews 0-1-0-0 (35 shots-31 saves). Red Deer, Kuemper 3-0-0-0 (23 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Colin Stefanyk (14), Jon Stephenson (38).
Linesmen-Chris Carlson (92), Cody Huseby (88).

ICE Trivia Game #2

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.
Today’s Trivia question.
Who is the ICE active leader for Career games played?
ANSWER – Going into tonight’s game … 268 Kevin King. 199 Brayden McNabb, 198 Joe Antilla, 192 Matt Fraser.
Off The Net
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Kootenay @ Red Deer Game #2

The Kootenay ICE are in Red Deer tonight.
This is the first of 8 meetings between the clubs.
Last year the ICE won the season series 5-3.
ICE had one win in a shootout and the Rebels had an overtime win.
ICE are coming off a 4-0 win over Calgary on Saturday.
It's the first time they opened the season with a shutout.
The Rebels are coming off 4-1 and 8-1 wins over Edmonton.
Ice are without Brayden McNabb (NHL Buffalo).
Goals - Reinhart 2
Assists - 3 Fraser
Points - Fraser
Goals - 3 Kudrna
Assists - 3 Froese
Points - 5 Kudrna

Pre-Game Show 6:30 on The Drive.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Lieuwen Goalie of the Week

The WHL has nominated Nathan Lieuwen of the Kootenay Ice for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Lieuwen posted a 1-0-0-0 record this past week with the shut-out, stopping all 25 shots faced for a perfect 0.000 goals-against average and 1.000 save percentage. Lieuwen, a native of Abbotsford, BC, back-stopped the Ice to a 4-0 win over the visiting Calgary Hitmen on Saturday.

WHL Player of the Week is forward Tyler Maxwell of the Everett Silvertips.
Maxwell picked up five points, scoring four goals and one assist to go with a +3 rating, in two games over the WHL Opening Weekend.

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 1-0-0-0 record (1-0-0-0 at home, 0-0-0-0 on the road, 0-0-0 in overtime) and in third place in the CENTRAL DIVISION…The ICE finished the 2009-2010 regular season with a 43-24-3-2 record (21-12-2-1 at home, 22-12-1-1 on the road, 49-3-2 in overtime) and in fourth place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE and tied for eighth place overall in the WHL…The ICE will play two of their next three games at home before embarking on a four game road trip (October 9 – 13).

SEASON TICKETS: Fans wishing to purchase Season Tickets can still get them until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 28…The ICE Office currently has many great seats available…On Wednesday, September 29 at 10:00 am individual game tickets for the remainder of the 2010-2011 regular season will go on sale to the general public.

BELDING WILLIAMS MORTGAGE TEAM/ KOOTENAY HAVEN / WOMEN’S TRANSITION HOUSE NIGHT: When KOOTENAY hosts the SPOKANE CHIEFS on Friday, October 1 it will be a fundraiser evening for KOOTENAY HAVEN and WOMEN’S TRANSITION HOUSE brought to you by BELDING WILLIAMS MORTGAGE TEAM…Fans in attendance can support the two safe houses for women by bidding on jerseys in Section U.

ROSTER UPDATE: The ICE have 25 players on their roster, including three goalies, eight defensemen and 14 forwards…KOOTENAY begins the 2010-2011 season with 19 returning players and six first year players.

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY has a 8-3-2 record in season openers (5-1-1 at home, 3-2-1 on the road)…
KRIS KNOBLAUCH recorded his first win as Head Coach on September 25 against CALGARY…NATHAN LIEUWEN recorded his fourth WHL career shutout on September 25 against the HITMEN (25 saves)…The ICE finished the 2009-2010 regular season with an above .500 record for the 11th consecutive season, which is the longest active streak in the WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE…KOOTENAY finished last season with 43 wins marking the seventh time in franchise history and fifth in the last six years that the Club has recorded at least 40 wins in a season…The ICE made their 12th consecutive playoff appearance last season and were defeated by the MEDICINE HAT TIGERS in six games of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL…KOOTENAY was 21-11-1-1 against teams from the CENTRAL DIVISION during the 2009-2010 season (10-6-1-0 at home, 11-5-0-1 on the road, 5-1-1 in overtime)...Defenseman BRAYDEN MCNABB (BUFFALO SABRES) remains at NHL Training Camp.

ONE YEAR AGO: After one game of the 2009-2010 season the ICE were 1-0-0-0, after two games 1-1-0-0 and after three games were 2-1-0-0.

DRAFTED PLAYERS: MAX REINHART – Calgary Flames (3rd Round, 2010 NHL Draft), BRAYDEN MCNABB – Buffalo Sabres (3rd Round, 2009 NHL Draft), JOEY LEACH – Calgary Flames (3rd Round, 2010 NHL Draft), DREW CZERWONKA – Edmonton Oilers (6th Round, 2010 NHL Draft).


Monday September 27 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Tuesday September 28 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Wednesday September 29 ICE @ Red Deer 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Thursday September 30 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Friday October 1 ICE vs. Spokane 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)

Friday, September 25 – Kootenay 4 vs. Calgary 0 – Record 1-0-0-0 – Attendance: 2,549
1 – Reinhart (1) from Ismond and Fraser
2 – Martin (1) from Ismond and Fraser
3 – King (1) from Boomer
4 – Reinhart (2) from Fraser
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (25 Saves, 0 GA)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Kootenay 4 Calgary 0 Game #1

Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE goalie Nathan Lieuwen made 25 saves and Max Reinhart scored 2 goals in a 4-0 win over the Calgary Hitmen.

It’s Lieuwen’s 4th career shutout and Reinhart’s 3rd career 2 goal game.

ICE opened the scoring as Max Reinhart pounced on a loose puck in the Calgary slot and fired a wrist shot that beat the goalie low on the stick side.
ICE made it 2-0 as Matt Fraser created a turnover near the Calgary blueline, got the puck to Jesse Ismond who fed defenseman James Martin at the blueline. Martin scored on a slap shot that beat the screened goalie high on the stick side.

In the 2nd period Calgary misplayed the puck behind the net and Steele Boomer scooped it up and fed Kevin King in the slot who had an opened net to shoot at to make it 3-0.
Reinhart notched his 2nd of the game on a rebound off a Fraser shot.
Fraser had 3 assists in the game as his linemates combined for 7 points.

ICE Scratches – Brayden McNabb (played in a NHL exhibition game w/Buffalo), Todd Mathews (over-ager), Ryan Bloom, Jarett Zentner and Eric Benoit.

Making their WHL debuts for the ICE were defenseman John Neibrandt and forward Adam Rossignol.
Calgary’s goalie Juraj Holly, 19-year-old from Slovakia, made his 1st WHL start. Defenseman Alex Roach and forward Chase Clayton also played in their 1st WHL game.

It was the 1st game for new Head Coach Kris Knoblauch, turned 32 yesterday, who is the youngest coach in the WHL.
New Assistant Coach Todd Johnson was in Kelowna with his wife awaiting the birth of their 2nd child.

The ICE will visit Red Deer on Wednesday.

Game Summary
Calgary 0-2-0-0 Kootenay 1-0-0-0

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Reinhart 1 (Ismond, Fraser) 1:06
2. Kootenay, Martin 1 (Ismond, Fraser) 3:56
Penalties – Montgomery Ktn (hooking) 1:15, Martin Ktn (tripping) 6:07, Calg Fiddler (double roughing) Fraser Ktn (roughing) 6:34, Stebner Cgy Leach Ktn (unsportsmankike) 6:35, Leach Ktn (roughing) 9:26, Trzonkowswki Cag (roughing) 11:58, Rissling Calg (roughing) 12:49, Montgomery Ktn (kneeing) 15:36, Skrudland Ktn (tripping) 17:56, Rintoul Ktn (cross checking) 19:55, Rissling Calg (interference) 19:58.
2nd Period
3. Kootenay, King 1 (Boomer) 1:22
4. Kootenay, Reinhart (2) (Fraser) 11:25
Penalties – Dirk Ktn (cross checking) 8:57, Dirk (holding) 12:46, Stebner Calg (hooking) 16:56.
3rd Period
No Scoring.
Penalties – Bench Ktn (too many men) 3:55, Fiddler Calg (holding) King (unsportsmanlike) 5:12, Leach Ktn (roughing) 14:05, Hurley Ktn (misconduct) 17:23.
Shots on goal by
Calgary - 5 - 5 – 15 = 25
Kootenay – 15 – 15 – 4 = 34
Goal (shots-saves) – Calgary: Juraj Holly (L 0-1-0-0) (34-30) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 1-0-0-0) (25-25)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Calgary: 0/9 Kootenay: 0/6
Referees – Tyler Adair, Ryan Thompson
Linesmen – Michael Roberts, Scott Sharun
Attendance – 2,549

ICE Trivia Game #1

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.
Today’s Trivia question.
What’s the ICE career record on Opening Night and on their Home Openers?
ANSWER – Opening Night – 14 GP 8-4-2, Home Openers 14 GP 9-3-2.
Off The Net
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Calgary @ Kootenay Game #1

The Kootenay ICE will host Calgary tonight at the Rec-Plex.
It’s a new season with a few new things.
Tonight the club will wear their new 3rd jerseys for the 1st time.
Kris Knoblauch isn’t new but his role as Head Coach is new.
The new assistant coaches are Todd Johnson and Jerry Bancks.
There are 6 new players on the roster but only 2 or 3 will be in the lineup tonight.
ICE have 19 returning players on their roster and only Brayden McNabb is unavailable as he is getting an expected long visit with the Buffalo Sabres.
Goalie Nathan Lieuwen will get the start and rookie Brett Teskey will be the back-up.
That means Kevin King, Steele Boomer and Matt Fraser will all be allowed to play as the club is only allowed 3 over-agers on the roster.
Todd Mathews will be the 20-year-old who sits out.
For the 2nd time in Kootenay ICE history they will host their #1 rivals the Calgary Hitmen in their Home Opener. In 2003 the ICE won 2-1.
This is the start of the 15th year for the franchise and their 13th in Cranbrook.
The ICE have won 4 of their last 5 home openers.
This is the first of 8 battles between the clubs this season and is the 106th career regular season meeting.
Pre-Game Show is at 6:30 on The Drive.

Friday, September 24, 2010

McNabb Feature

A video feature on the Sabres website on Brayden McNabb.

ICE Letters

With Brayden McNabb still with the NHL Buffalo Sabres, look for the ICE to wait until he returns to name their Captain and Assistants.

The retruning "A"'s are McNabb, Kevin King, Matt Fraser and Steele Boomer.

Best New Jersey's in WHL

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club will unveil their new third jersey on Saturday, September 25 when they host the Calgary Hitmen at the Cranbrook Rec Plex. The third jersey is part of the Reebok EDGE jerseys that were unveiled last season. This jersey along with the existing uniforms was designed by Jack Santos of Visible Means Design in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

“We think our fans are really going to like the new look of the third jersey. The style relates back to the old third jerseys while giving them a modern twist that encompasses both our existing logo and colors. We will wear our third jerseys for all Saturday home games along with other special nights throughout the regular season,” added Chynoweth.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

ICE Roster To 25

Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has reassigned 16-year-old Goaltender Mackenize Skapski.
As a result of today’s transactions, the ICE are carrying three goaltenders, seven defencemen and 15 forwards. Of those, one player remains at NHL Training Camp (Brayden McNabb – Buffalo).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

ICE Jersey #'s

A few of the ICE veterans will be wearing different #'s this year.

Kevin King is now #7.
Joe Antilla is now #20 (last year worn by Reinhart)
Max Reinhart is now #23 (same number his father Paul had in the NHL) (last year worn by Antilla)

New guys ...
29. Brett Teskey
29. Mackenzie Skapski
8. Adam Rossignol
14. Jarett Zentner
16. Ryan Bloom
22. Eric Benoit
27. John Neibrandt

The ICE would like to cut at least 1 goalie in the near future and that is probably why both Teskey and Skapski have the same # this week.

Boomer Back

The Chicago Blackhawks have released Kootenay ICE forward Steele Boomer. He was at the pro camp on an invite. The only ICE player at an NHL camp is Brayden McNabb who is with Buffalo.

Boomer is one of 4 overagers (King, Fraser, Mathews).
The club will be allowed to only have 3 in the line-up and have until Mid-October to decide which 3 will stay with the club.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Junior A Challenge

A couple players on the ICE list have been invited to the Canada West evaluation camp in preparation for the 2010 World Junior A Challenge.
Both players, Clayton Jardine and Brendan O'Donnell, were drafted by the ICE but have committed to the NCAA.
Cranbrook's Sam Mellor, who plays for Trail in the BCHL, has also been invited.
The evaluation camp, scheduled for September 27-28, will be held at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, B.C., the same venue that will host the 2010 World Junior A Challenge from November 8-14.

1 Joel Rumpel G L 6’3” 175 03/14/91 Swift Current, Sask. Penticton (BCHL)
31 Jameson Shortreed G L 6’3” 192 02/14/93 Emo, Ont. Fort Frances (SIJHL)
2 Lee Christensen D L 6’0” 170 06/02/91 Winnipeg, Man. Melfort (SJHL)
3 Craig Bokenfohr D R 6’2¾” 172 03/11/92 Spruce Grove, Alb. Camrose (AJHL)
4 Ben Gallacher D L 5’10¼” 182 09/11/92 Calgary, Alb. Camrose (AJHL)
5 Josh Monk D R 5’11” 190 04/05/92 Langley, B.C. Salmon Arm (BCHL)
6 Sam Jardine D L 6’0” 175 08/12/93 Lacombe, Alb. Camrose (AJHL)
7 Connor Cleverley D L 6’0” 175 01/30/92 Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg Blues (MJHL)
8 Madison Dias F L 6’0” 165 11/02/92 Penticton, B.C. Victoria (BCHL)
9 Ryan Marshall F L 5’9” 165 05/05/91 Ste. Rose du Lac, Man. Swan Valley (MJHL)
10 Travis St. Denis F L 5’7” 155 09/17/92 Trail, B.C. Trail (BCHL)
11 Grayson Downing F L 5’11¼” 169 04/18/92 Abbotsford, B.C. Westside (BCHL)
12 Clayton Jardine F L 5’9¼” 158 03/04/91 Lacombe, Alb. Camrose (AJHL)
14 Dylan Smith F R 6’0” 170 07/21/92 Big River, Sask. Estevan (SJHL)
15 Mitch VanTeeling F L 6’2” 173 05/13/93 Virden, Man. Dauphin (MJHL)
16 Carson Cooper F L 5’10¾” 162 03/18/92 Bow Island, Alb. Fort McMurray (AJHL)
17 Marcus Basara F R 5’10” 175 02/27/93 Coquitlam, B.C. Vernon (BCHL)
18 Jesse Mychan F L 6’3” 195 07/02/92 Saskatoon, Sask. Flin Flon (SJHL)
20 T.J. Constant F R 5’8” 180 07/18/93 The Pas, Man. OCN (MJHL)
21 Tanner Fritz F R 5’11” 185 08/20/91 Grande Prairie, Alb. Grande Prairie (AJHL)

30 Kirby Halcrow G L 6’2” 218 03/13/91 Grande Prairie, Alb. Quesnel (BCHL)
31 Matt Ginn G L 5’11” 156 02/17/91 Lindsay, Ont. Victoria (BCHL)
2 Joey Laleggia D L 5’8½” 165 06/24/92 Burnaby, B.C. Penticton (BCHL)
3 Nolan Kaiser D R 6’0” 185 04/21/92 Calgary, Alb. Camrose (AJHL)
4 Jordan Paddock D L 5’11” 182 03/29/93 Regina, Sask. Melville (SJHL)
5 Rhett Holland D L 6’1” 200 09/25/93 Calgary, Alb. Okotoks (AJHL)
6 Sean Flanagan D L 6’1” 175 05/18/92 Kindersley, Sask. Kindersley (SJHL)
7 Tim Daly D R 5’11” 165 02/01/92 Maple Ridge, B.C. Langley (BCHL)
10 John Lidgett F L 5’8” 160 10/14/93 Calgary, Alb. Calgary Mustangs (AJHL)
14 Reed Linaker F R 5’9” 165 11/04/91 Edmonton, Alb. St. Albert (AJHL)
15 Sam Mellor F R 5’10” 175 11/13/92 Cranbrook, B.C. Trail (BCHL)
17 Trevor Cameron F L 5’11” 185 02/04/92 Mission, B.C. Notre Dame (SJHL)
18 Brendan O’Donnell F L 5’11¼” 190 06/25/92 Winnipeg, Man. Penticton (BCHL)
19 Jordan Neduzak F R 5’11” 175 07/16/92 Morden, Man. Winkler (MJHL)
20 John Baird F L 5’9” 170 02/26/91 Leduc, Alb. Calgary Canucks (AJHL)
21 Dylan Walchuk F L 5’9” 170 02/04/92 McBride, B.C. Vernon (BCHL)
22 Clarke Breitkreuz F R 6’1” 180 11/28/91 Springside, Sask. Yorkton (SJHL)
23 Isaac Howarth F L 5’10” 165 05/09/93 Thunder Bay, Ont. Fort William (SIJHL)
25 Drew George F R 6’0” 175 04/03/91 Regina, Sask. Weyburn (SJHL)
26 Austin Adduono F 5’10” 160 06/29/93 Thunder Bay, Ont. Wisconsin (SIJHL)
-- Mark MacMillan F L 6’0” 150 01/23/92 Penticton, B.C. Penticton (BCHL)

General Manager Rylan Ferster Prince Albert, Sask. Revelstoke (KIJHL)
Head Coach Larry Wintoneak Thunder Bay, Ont. Kindersley (SJHL)
Assistant Coach Jomar Cruz The Pas, Man. OCN (MJHL)
Assistant Coach Andrew Milne St. Albert, Alb. Canmore (AJHL)
Assistant Coach Barry Wolff Kelowna, B.C. Langley (BCHL)

Monday, September 20, 2010

ICE Cut 5

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has reassigned five players to bring their roster down to 26.

Levi Cable 16 Hudson Bay, SK Right Wing Yorkton Harvest – SMHL
Colby Cave 16 Battleford, SK Left Wing Battlefords Stars - SMHL
Jeff Hubic 16 Regina, SK Defense Tisdale Trojans – SMHL
Jared Iron 16 Canoe Narrows, SK Right Wing Beardy’s Blackhawks – SMHL
Mike Simpson 16 Surrey, BC Defense Delta Ice Hawks - PIJHL

As a result of today’s transactions, the ICE are carrying four goaltenders, seven defencemen and 15 forwards. Of those, two are currently at NHL Training Camps ( Brayden McNabb – Buffalo, Steele Boomer – Chicago).

Matt Fraser & Drew Czerwonka Coming Back

The Vancouver Canucks have made 3 cuts to their roster including sending Matt Fraser back to the ICE.
The Edmonton Oilers have made 20 cuts to their roster including sending Drew Czerwonka back to the ICE.
Steele Boomer (Chicago) is expected to rejoin the ICE in a few days.
Brayden McNabb (Buffalo) may miss the ICE home opener this Saturday.

That leaves the club with 29 players on the active roster.
Goalies - 4
Defense - 8 (plus 1 at NHL camp)
Forwards - 17 (plus 1 at NHL camps)
Overagers - 3 (plus 1 at NHL camp)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

ICE Roster Decisions

The ICE have 31 players on the roster but won't make the final decisons until everyone is back from NHL camps.
Drew Czerwonka (Edmonton) will be back this week.
Steele Boomer (Chicago) is at main camp.
Matt Fraser (Vancouver) is at main camp.
Brayden McNabb (Buffalo) should get to play in a few exhibition games and may not be back in time for the home opener Saturday.

Boomer and Fraser could sign contracts and play in the minors this season.

That leaves the club with 27 players on the active roster and they could make cuts as early as Monday.
Goalies - 4
Defense - 8
Forwards - 15
Overagers - 2

Saturday, September 18, 2010

ICE @ Spokane Exhibition Game #5

Spokane, Wash – The Kootenay ICE finished the preseason with a 1-4 record after a 4-3 come from behind win in an overtime shootout over the Spokane Chiefs.

ICE scored on a late 1st period power-play as Max Reinhart won the puck from behind the net and got it to Elgin Pearce in the corner who fed defenseman Jagger Dirk sneaking in from the blueline. Dirk fired a wrist shot that went off the cross bar and into the net.

Early in the 3rd period goalie Todd Mathews caught the Chiefs on a line change with a stretch pass to Elgin Pearce at the Spokane blueline and he cruised down the left wing a fired a wrist high on the stick side.
Trailing 3-2 the ICE pulled the goalie with 1:40 left to play and Max Reinhart had a partial breakaway but was tripped from behind and crashed into the goalie. A penalty was going to be called but while down Reinhart pushed the puck through the goalie for the tying goal.

Pearce and Reinhart both scored in the shootout while Mathews stopped the 2 Chief attempts.

ICE Lineup
2 Goalies – Mackenzie Skapski, Todd Mathews.
7 Defense – James Martin, Jagger Dirk, Luke Paulsen, Joey Leach, John Neibrandt (played as a forward), Jeff Hubic, Michael Simpson.
11 Forwards – Christian Magnus, Jesse Ismond, Joe Antilla, Max Reinhart, Elgin Pearce, Brenden Hurley, Adam Rossignol, Jarett Zentner, Eric Benoit, Colby Cave, Levi Cable.

Not in Lineup – Nathan Lieuwen, Brett Teskey, Brock Montgomery, Hayden Rintoul, Jared Iron, Kevin King, Ryan Bloom, plus 4 at NHL camps.

Former ICE defenseman Tyler Vanscourt is on the Chiefs while Fernie’s Brendon Mangone was not in the line-up.

The ICE will start the regular season Saturday against Calgary at the Rec-Plex.

1st Period
1. Spokane, Cratsenberg (Gow) 3:50
2. Kootenay, Dirk 2 (Pearce, Reinhart) 17:32 pp
Penalties – Koper Spok (interference) 5:52, Kuhn Spok Ismond Ktn (unsportsmanlike) 7:07, Vanscourt Spok Antilla Ktn (unsportsmanlike) 7:53, Vanscourt Spok (hooking) 1648), Dirk Ktn (cross checking) 19:54, Bandaro Spok Reinhart Ktn (unsportsmanlike), Ismond Ktn (roughing) 19:58.
2nd Period
3. Spokane, Holmberg (Koper) 16:22 pp
Penalties – Hurley Ktn (check from behind) 2:56, Vanscourt Pearce Ktn (unsportsmanlike) 9:30, Antilla Ktn (hooking) 10:18, Mathews Ktn (tripping) 10:39, Cable Ktn (high sticking), Antilla Ktn (double roughing, misconduct) 16:12, Vanscourt Spok (unsportsmanlike) 20:00.
3rd Period
4. Kootenay, Pearce 1 (Mathews) 2:59
5. Spokane, Bardaro (Kalus) 8:46
6. Kootenay, Reinhart 18:38
Penalties – Koper Spokane (fighting) Neibrandt Ktn (instigator, fighting, game misconduct) 4:07.
No Scoring
Kootenay wins 2-0
Spokane – Koper, miss; Bardaro, miss.
Kootenay – Pearce, goal; Reinhart, goal.
Shots on goal by
Spokane – 14 – 12 – 15 – 5 = 46
Kootenay - 9 - 4 - 10 – 2 = 25
Goal (shots-saves) – Spokane: Mac Engel (10-9) Chris Sharkey (10:18 second) (15-13) Kootenay: Mackenzie Slapski (22-21) Todd Mathews (10:18 second) (24-22)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Spokane: 1/9 Kootenay: 1/3
Referee – Steve Papp
Linesmen – Jeremi Del Campo, Jason Michelbook

Knoblauch & Iron Suspended

According to the WHL website, Head Coach Kris Knoblauch and forward Jared Iron have been suspended for actions late in Thursday game against Tri City.

Americans' Zach McPhee got a major and game misconduct for checking from behind defenseman Michael Simpson. A few fights broke out and almost became a complete line brawl.

Kris Knoblauch Kootenay One game for multiple fight versus Tri-Cities on September 16.
I'm guessing since the ICE instigated the fights that led to this is the reason for the suspension.
Jared Iron Kootenay One game for Club’s fourth fight versus Tri-Cities on September 16.
This was Iron 1st fight of the preseason but was the club's 4th fight of the game.
Again guessing, in the preseason there is automatic game misconducts for being in a fight. After 3 fights have happened in a game, every extra fight in the game comes with a 1 game suspension. Rules to prevent endless fights is the exhibition season. There had been one fight before the events late in the game so Iron must have initiated the 3rd fight in the almost line brawl.

ICE @ Spokane

The Kootenay ICE (0-4) will play their final preseason game tonight in Spokane.
The game will be played at the Eagles Ice-A-Rena at 7pm (8pm Cranbrook).
Not sure if there will be internet access for regular updates on the blog, but I will have period reports on the radio.
With players returning from NHL camps and minor injuries to a couple of veterans I'm not sure of who will be in the lineup.
The ICE have used the preseason to evaluate the prospects who are trying to earn a spot in the lineup and to give the younger returning vets time to get ready for the season.
ICE fans should not be discouraged with the winless exhibition season.
The clubs' top 5 forwards and top 3 defensemen have been unavailable.
They have been playing against U.S. Division teams who have been together 1-2 weeks longer and with more veterans in the lineup.
The ICE are really hoping the players use the game as a last chance to make the final roster and play their best game of preseason.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Drew Czerwonka

Drew Czerwonka is at Edmonton Oilers camp and will rejoin the ICE early next week.

Hayden Rintoul

Hayden Rintoul should be on his way back to the ICE as he was not one of the prospects invited to the main camp.

Steele Boomer

Steele Boomer is not on the Chicago Black Hawks main camp roster so that means he should be on his way back to the ICE.

Joey Leach & Max Reinhart

Calgary Flames are sending Joey Leach and Max Reinhart back to the ICE today.

Brayden McNabb In Buffalo

Brayden McNabb has NHL size and is rapidly acquiring the skills to be a big-league player. The Buffalo Sabres' prospect hopes to show that to the locals this winter.

McNabb, the Sabres' third-round draft pick in 2009, has stood out on the blue line this week during rookie camp. Of course, that's bound to happen when a player is 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. It's numbers like those -- coupled with the defenseman's 57 points last season -- that make him a favorite to play for Team Canada when the world junior tournament comes to Buffalo in December.

"That's pretty cool that it's here," McNabb said Thursday in HSBC Arena. "If I happen to make it, it would be pretty good for fans to get a glimpse of me."

The 19-year-old feels he gave the Canada coaches and executives a nice glimpse during their team development camp in August.

"I thought I played well and made a good impression for them," McNabb said. "That's definitely a big goal of mine this year is to make that team, so that was really exciting to get invited to that camp, and hopefully I'll get invited to the second camp in December.

"I think [my chances are] pretty good. I played well, and it's all about the start of the season, I think, so I'm really focused on the first half of the year and playing good."

McNabb has made monumental jumps each season while playing for Kootenay of the Western Hockey League. He had two goals and 11 points his first season, improved to 10 goals and 36 points in 2008-09 and boasted 17 goals and 40 assists in 64 games last year.

"Coaches had a lot of trust in me and I played a lot, probably 30 minutes a game, so I had lots of opportunities," he said. "That was definitely a huge year for me."

McNabb, who also averaged 130 penalty minutes during the past two seasons, has developed a reputation for delivering huge hits in the middle of the ice.

"I'm a big guy and I like to be physical, and if I can catch a guy with his head down, I like that," he said.

McNabb was joined at Canada's session by fellow Sabres campers Zack Kassian, Mark Pysyk and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc. Kassian's main focus is making the Sabres instead of Canada, while Pysyk and Gauthier-Leduc are long shots for the world juniors since they are only 18.

"It was my first camp there, so it was a great experience," said Gauthier-Leduc, the Sabres' third-round pick in June. "It would be nice [to play in Buffalo in the tournament], but this year would be tough with my 18 years old. But you never know, I'll do my best."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kevin King & Matt Fraser

Kevin King has been sent back to the Kootenay ICE after attending the Dallas Stars camp.
Matt Fraser will attend the Vancouver Canucks main camp.

ICE vs Tri City Exhibition Game #4

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE preseason record dropped to 0-4 with a 4-1 loss to the Tri City Americans.

ICE got on the board in the second period as defenseman Michael Simpson’s point shot was deflected in by Colby Cave who leads the club with 3 preseason goals.

Nathan Lieuwen started between the pipes and made 15 saves on 16 shots. Brett Teskey played the 2nd half of the game and made 15 saves on 17 shots.

After Jesse Ismond received a game misconduct for instigating a 2nd period fight the club played with 9 forwards and 6 were rookies. 3 of the 6 defensemen were rookies. 1 of the 2 goalies was a rookie.

ICE Lineup
2 Goalies – Nathan Lieuwen, Brett Teskey.
6 Defense – James Martin, Jagger Dirk, Luke Paulsen, John Neibrandt, Michael Simpson, Jeff Hubic.
10 Forwards – Christian Magnus, Jesse Ismond, Joe Antilla, Brendan Hurley, Adam Rossignol, Jarett Zentner, Eric Benoit, Colby Cave, Jared Iron, Levi Cable.

Not in Lineup – Todd Mathews, Mackenzie Skapski, Ryan Bloom, Elgin Pearce, Brock Montgomery, plus 8 at NHL camps.

The ICE will wrap up the preseason Saturday in Spokane.

1st Period
1. Tri City, Brown (Hughesman) 10:08 pp
Penalties – Dirk Ktn (tripping) 2:49, Simpson Ktn (hooking) 6:00, Antilla Ktn (holding) 8:51, Simpson Ktn (tripping) 10:51, Paulsen Ktn (delay of game) 16:31.
2nd Period
2. Kootenay, Cave 3 (Simpson, Neibrandt) 10:36
3. Tri City, Olstad (Moline, Moser) 19:18 pp
Penalties – Dow TC (holding) 1:52, Rankin TC (goalie interference) 4:52, Driedger TC (delay of game) 6:53, Reddick TC (tripping) 8:03, Yuen TC (boarding, fighting) Ismond Ktn (instigator, fighting, game misconduct) 14:25, Neibrandt Ktn (cross checking) 17:23.
3rd Period
4. Tri City, Reddick (Guenther) 11:21
5. Tri City, Brown 19:07 en
Penalties – Simpson Ktn (check from behind) 3:48, Neibrandt Ktn (cross checking) 13:22, Rossignol Ktn (slashing) 15:28, McPhee TC (check from behind major) 19:19.
Shots on goal by
Tri City - 12 – 11 – 11 = 34
Kootenay - 4 - 8 - 4 = 16
Goal (shots-saves) – Tri City: Chris Driedger (17-16) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (16-15) Brett Teskey (10:36 second) (17-15)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Tri City: 2/9 Kootenay: 0/5
Referees – Tyler Adair, Dan Cowley
Linesmen – Sean Donnelly, Steve Cochrane
Attendance – 531

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

ICE Host Tri City

The Kootenay ICE will host Tri City tonight in their only home exhibition game.
Gametime 7p at the Rec-Plex.
The ICE will be at least one player short of a complete line up as they have 23 players available but with 4 goalies, only 2 will be able to suit-up.
The club has 6 defensemen if Jeff Hubic plays. He has participated everyday at practice.
The club could have 11 forwards in the line-up as Elgin Pearce (foot) and Ryan Bloom (back) will not play. The question marks are Brenden Hurley and Eric Benoit but both practiced all week and should be ready to play.

Joe Antilla 3 1 2 3 2 0
Colby Cave 3 2 0 2 0 1
Jesse Ismond 3 1 1 2 4 1
Levi Cable 3 1 1 2 0 1
Jagger Dirk 3 1 1 2 7 0
Brock Montgomery 3 0 2 2 2 0
Erik Benoit 2 1 0 1 0 0
Elgin Pearce 3 0 1 1 8 0
Jared Iron 3 0 1 1 0 0
Adam Rossignol 3 0 1 1 0 0
John Neibrandt 3 0 1 1 7 0
Christian Magnus 3 0 1 1 0 0
Jeff Hubic 2 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Simpson 3 0 0 0 6 0
James Martin 3 0 0 0 9 0
Jarrett Zentner 3 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Paulsen 3 0 0 0 2 0

Brett Teskey 2 59 4 31 4.07 .886 0 0
Mackenzie Skapski 2 62 5 36 4.88 .878 0 1
Nathan Lieuwen 1 30 3 13 6.05 .813 0 1
Todd Mathews 1 30 4 15 8.11 .789 0 1

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Team Pacific

The Under-17 will be in Winnipeg December 28-January 4.
Team Pacific consists of BC and Alberta and both provinces have short listed their player lists.
2 ICE players are in the running with goalie Mackenzie Skapski and defenseman Matt Benning.
The team will be coached by Robert Dirk whose son Jagger plays for the ICE.
Assistant Coach is Craig Bedard who is from Cranbrook and is with the Prince Albert Raiders. Bedard replaced ICE Coach Kris Knoblauch who resigned after getting promoted to Head Coach with the ICE
Players listed with position, team and WHL Team that has them listed.

Daniel Cotton G West Vancouver
Jared Rathjen G Cariboo MML Chilliwack
Mackenzie Skapski G Fraser Valley MML Kootenay

Braxton Bilous D Valley West MML Lethbridge
Lucas Grayson D Comox Red Deer
Kade Pilton D North Island MML Chilliwack
Turner Popoff D Greater Vancouver MML Chilliwack
Morgan Reilly D Notre Dame Moose Jaw
Griffin Reinhart D Vancouver North West MML Edmonton
Troy Stecher D Greater Vancouver MML Portland

Matt Bellerive F Vancouver North West MML Vancouver
Mason Blacklock F Valley West MML Lethbridge
Chase Clayton F Fraser Valley MML Calgary
Scott Cooke F Valley West MML Vancouver
Shane Danyluk F Thompson MML Prince Albert
Jari Erricson F Cariboo MML Everett
Justin Hickman F Okanagan MML Seattle
Steven Hodges F Fraser Valley MML Chilliwack
Brent Laschuk F Okanagan MML Prince Albert
Ryan Olsen F Greater Vancouver MML Saskatoon
Evan Richardson F North Island MML Swift Current
Morgan Zulinick F Thompson MML Edmonton

Cameron Barnes G Calgary Kelowna
Devon Fordyce G Cochrane Prince George
Tyler Santos G Sherwood Park Prince George
Troy Trombley G Sherwood Park Kamloops

Matthew Benning D St.Albert Kootenay
Matt Dumba D Calgary Red Deer
Riley Guenther D Calgary Tri City
Robert Hamilton D Calgary Medicine Hat
Keaton Lubin D Okotoks Calgary
Blake Orban D Calgary Vancouver
Dane Phaneuf D Edmonton Prince George
Brendan Rooney D Edmonton Spokane
Joshua Smith D Lacombe Prince George
Davin Stener D Fort Sask Red Deer
Nicholas Walters D Spruce Grove Everett

Levi Bews F Longview Saskatoon
Troy Bourke F Onoway Prince George
Mason Burr F Airdrie Red Deer
Tyrell Goulbourne F Edmonton Kelowna
Joel Hamilton F Cochrane Red Deer
Jayden Hart F Spruce Grove Medicine Hat
Jetlan Houcher F Paradise Valley Seattle
Zane Jones F Olds Chilliwack
Brandon Magee F Edmonton Chilliwack
Samuel Mckechine F Airdrie Lethbridge
Mitch Moroz F Calgary Edmonton
Hunter Shinkaruk F Calgary Medicine Hat
Tristan Sieben F Edmonton Edmonton
Branden Troock F Edmonton Seattle
Robert Trzonkowski F Calgary Calgary
Mike Winther F Trochu Prince Albert

ICE Injury Update

Some good news for the Kootenay ICE on the injury list.
Brendan Hurely, Jeff Hubic and Eric Benoit are all practicing this week and could play Thursday against Tri City.
Elgin Pearce is day-to-day after blocking a shot in the foot.
Prospect Ryan Bloom has gone to Calgary to have a MRI on his back.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

ICE vs Tri City Exhibition Game #3

Kennewick, Wash – The Kootenay ICE preseason record dropped to 0-3 with a 5-3 loss to the Tri City Americans.

Americans scored 4 powerplay goals including a pair of 2-man advantage goals.

ICE opened the scoring as Brock Montgomery physically took the puck behind the Americans’ net and fed Jagger Dirk at the blueline and his slap shot along the ice beat the screened goalie between the legs.
ICE second goal came on a 2nd period powerplay as Jesse Ismond was the playmaker feeding a wide open Levi Cable at the back door and put it in the net before the diving goalie could make the save.
ICE third goal came in the 3rd period as Colby Cave got his 2nd of the preseason with a forehand wraparound that he tucked under the goalies’ legs.

Brett Teskey started in net for the ICE and made 16 saves on 17 shots. Nathan Lieuwen made his first appearance of the preseason coming into the game midway through the second period and made 13 saves on 16 shots.

The ICE will not make any changes to the roster as they now have 3 days of practice before their next exhibition game.
ICE will host Tri City on Thursday.

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Dirk 1 (Montgomery, Antilla) 5:15
2. Tri City, Rankin (Schmidt) 11:25 pp
Penalties – Simpson Ktn (check from behind) 7:04, Simpson Ktn (holding) 10:01, Ismond Ktn (hooking) 16:11, Messier TC (high sticking) 18:13.
2nd Period
3. Tri City, Hughesman (Brown, Schmidt) 10:54 5-on-3 pp
4. Kootenay, Cable 1 (Ismond, Magnus) 15:55 pp
Penalties – Reddick TC (roughing) Pearce Ktn (double roughing) 9:31, Montgomery Ktn (slashing) 10:32, Dow TC (cross checking) 15:19.
3rd Period
5. Tri City, Hughesman (2) (Reddick, Schmidt) 1:43 pp
6. Kootenay, Cave 2 (Montgomery, Antlla) 5:38
7. Tri City, Reddick (Rankin, Schmidt) 14:01 5-on-3 pp
8. Tri City, Brown (Moline) 19:35 en
Penalties – Antilla Ktn (tripping) :34, Hughesman TC (tripping) 11:34, Martin Ktn (holding) 12:08, Ismond Ktn (hooking) 11:26.
Shots on goal by
Tri City - 15 – 7 – 12 = 34
Kootenay - 4 – 8 - 8 = 20
Goal (shots-saves) – Tri City: Drew Owsley (20-17) Kootenay: Brett Teskey (17-16) Nathan Lieuwen (10:00 second) (16-13)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Tri City: 4/8 Kootenay: 1/3
Referees – Jason Nissen
Linesmen – Jason Michelbook, Brian Fortin

Saturday, September 11, 2010

ICE vs Portland Exhibition Game #2

ICE Roster
Goalies – Mackenzie Skapski, Brett Teskey,
Defense – Jeff Hubic, Michael Simpson, James Martin, Jagger Dirk, Luke Paulsen, John Neibrandt
Forwards – Joe Antilla, Adam Rossignol, Jared Iron, Eric Benoit, Elgin Pearce, Levi Cable, Jesse Ismond, Christian Magnus, Jarett Zentner, Colby Cave, Brock Montgomery

Not in Line-up – Todd Mathews, Nathan Lieuwen, Ryan Bloom (back), Brendan Hurley (concussion), plus 8 players at NHL camps.

Kennewick, Wash – The ICE preseason record dropped to 0-2 with a 6-2 loss to Portland.

The game started at 11am and for the most part it wasn’t a very physical game and lacked any real intensity. Lots of stick checking, but that allowed both teams to stickhandle and make nice plays.

The big difference could be the fact it was the ICE 2nd preseason game and the 6th for Portland. The Winterhawks, and the Thunderbirds yesterday, seem more game ready.

Jesse Ismond scored the 1st ICE goal on a 2nd period power-play with a wrist shot from the top of the circle that beat the screened goalie.

On the 3rd period power-play Adam Rossignol from the corner fed a wide open Colby Cave in front of the net who backhanded it underneath the sprawling goalie.

Portland rookie Sven Bartschi (7th overall pick in the Import Draft from Switzerland) scored 4 goals and added 1 assist. Bartschi and Ty Rattie were dominant most of the game.

The ICE have given up 3 shorthanded goals in 2 games played.

Mackenzie Skapski started in net for the ICE and 21 saves on 24 shots. Brett Teskey played the second half of the game and made 15 saves on 18 shots.

ICE will play against Tri City on Sunday.

1st Period
1. Portland, Bartschi (Rattie, Wotherspoon) 9:07
2. Portland, Swenson (Petan) 19:13
Penalties – Smith Port (goalie interference) 6:03, Smith Port (major slew foot, game misconduct) 20:00.
2nd Period
3. Kootenay, Ismond 1 (Neibrandt, Skapski) 1:31 pp
4. Portland, Bartschi (2) 4:01 sh
5. Portland, Bartschi (3) (Rattie) 11:21
Penalties – Pearce Ktn (hooking) 8:11, Watt Port (holding the stick) 11:57, Dirk Ktn (tripping) 16:13.
3rd Period
6. Portland, Bartschi (4) (Robidoux, Hanson) 1:09
7. Portland, Petan (Rattie, Hanson) 5:38
8. Kootenay, Cave 1 (Rossinol, Dirk) 12:19 pp
Penalties – Pouliot Port (hooking) 11:47, Rattie Port Antilla Ktn (misconducts) 13:28, Pearce Ktn (roughing) 13:56, Wotherspoon Port Dirk Ktn (fighting, game misconducts) 15:24,
Shots on goal by
Portland - 18 – 15 – 9 = 42
Kootenay - 9 – 12 – 4 = 25
Goal (shots-saves) – Portland: Keith Hamilton (25-23) Kootenay: Mackenzie Skapski (24-21) Brett Teskey (11:07 second) (18-15)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Portland: 0/3 Kootenay: 2/4
Referees – Shawn Warschaw
Linesmen – Jason Michelbook, David Tise

Friday, September 10, 2010

ICE vs Seattle Exhibition Game #1

ICE Roster
Goalies – Todd Mathews, Mackenzie Skapski
Defense – Jeff Hubic, Michael Simpson, James Martin, Jagger Dirk, Luke Paulsen, John Neibrandt
Forwards – Joe Antilla, Adam Rossignol, Jared Iron, Eric Benoit, Elgin Pearce, Levi Cable, Jesse Ismond, Christian Magnus, Jarett Zentner, Colby Cave, Brock Montgomery

Not in Line-up – Brett Teskey, Nathan Lieuwen, Ryan Bloom (back), Brendan Hurley (concussion), plus 8 players at NHL camps.

Kennewick, Wash – The ICE opened their preseason with a 6-2 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Seattle looked like a club who was playing their 5th preseason game as they were very sharp.

Thunderbirds dominated the 1st period as they outshot the ICE 11-2 and scored 3 goals by finding loose pucks near the net.

The ICE had a solid 2nd period and had 5 odd man rushes but failed to generate a great scoring chance.
When they did goalie Calvin Pickard, a 2nd round pick of Colorado and maybe the best goalie in the world in his age group, was there to shut the door.
Seattle scored 2 shorthanded goals in the 2nd period.

Todd Mathews started in net for the ICE and gave up 4 goals on 19 shots. Mackenzie Skapski played the last 30+ minutes and gave up 2 goals on 17 shots.

ICE scored 2 goals less than a minute a part midway through the 3rd period.
From the corner Levi Cable fed Joe Antilla near the front of the net and he ended Pickard’s perfect game.
52 seconds later Elgin Pearce and Jared Iron got it to Eric Benoit who redirected a pass through the goalies’ legs.

The ICE played most of the 3rd period with 4 defensemen as John Neibrandt and James Martin received game misconducts for fighting.

The ICE had 9 veterans in the line-up and the Thunderbirds had 13.
As promised, the ICE are letting the younger players get the majority of the playing time as they try to earn one of few spots on the roster.
ICE will play against Portland Saturday and Tri City on Sunday.

1st Period
1. Seattle, Troock (Dillon, Sutter) 3:23
2. Seattle, Lund, (Gallimore, Dillon) 11:09
3. Seattle, Noebels (Lockhart, Wells) 11:33
Penalties – Simpson Ktn (hooking) 1:10, Wells Sea (roughing) 5:49, Sanvido Sea (tripping) Elliot Sea (roughing) Martin Ktn (roughing) 12:59.
2nd Period
4. Seattle, Rouse (Gallimore) 4:42 sh
5. Seattle, Lockhart (Sutter) 19:37 sh
Penalties – Neibrandt Ktn (cross checking) 1:44, Doty Sea (goalie interference) 3:23, Gallimore Sea (tripping) 9:36, Doty Sea Neibrandt Ktn (fighting, game misconducts) 15:41, Noebels Sea (slashing) 18:58.
3rd Period
6. Kootenay, Antilla 1 (Cable) 8:39
7. Kootenay, Benoit 1 (Pearce, Iron) 9:31
8. Seattle, Sanvido (Rouse, Dillon) 11:41
Penalties – Elliot Sea Martin Ktn (fighting, game misconducts) 2:03, Sanvido Sea (slashing) 5:25, Frank Sea (interference) 18:39.
Shots on goal by
Seattle - 11 – 14 – 12 = 36
Kootenay - 2 - 8 – 12 = 22
Goal (shots-saves) – Seattle: Calvin Pickard (22-20) Kootenay: Todd Mathews (19-15) Mackenzie Skapski (9:35 second) (17-15)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Seattle: 0/3 Kootenay: 0/7
Referees – Sean Raphael
Linesmen – Zach Brooks, Ron Dietterle

Hockey News Predictions

Rob Vanstone, who is based in Regina, does weekly articles on the WHL for the Hockey News. This week his predicted standings.

(#) where he has them overall

1. Kootenay (4)
2. Medicine Hat (10)
3. Calgary (13)
4. Red Deer (16)
5. Edmonton (17)
6. Lethbridge (18)

1. Saskatoon (1)
2. Swift Current (3)
3. Moose Jaw (6)
4. Brandon (9)
5. Prince Albert (20)
6. Regina (21)

1. Kamloops (5)
2. Kelowna (7)
3. Vancouver (12)
4. Chilliwack (15)
5. Prince George (22)

1. Portland (2)
2. Tri City (8)
3. Everett (11)
4. Spokane (14)
5. Seattle (19)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

ICE Roster For Weekend

With 8 players away to NHL camps the ICE have 23 players on the roster going into the weekend. Because of injuries the club may not have a complete line-up for any of the games.

4 Goalies - Todd Mathews, Nathan Lieuwen, Brett Teskey, Mackenzie Skapski.

6 Defensemen - James Martin, Luke Paulsen, Jagger Dirk, John Neibrandt, Michael Simpson, Jeff Hubic.

13 Forwards - Jesse Ismond, Elgin Pearce, Joe Antilla, Brock Montgomery, Brendan Hurley, Christian Magnus, Eric Benoit, Ryan Bloom, Adam Rossignol, Jarett Zentner, Levi Cable, Colby Cave, Jared Iron.

Injury Update - Montgomery (abdomen) should be able to play 1 or 2 games, Hurley (concussion) will not play, Bloom (back) will not play.

ICE Website

The Kootenay ICE website has been re-designed ...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

ICE Day Off

After 6 straight days at the rink the ICE took today off as far as on-ice sessions are concerned.
The club will have 2 days to practice and then will play 3 exhibition games in 3 days on Friday (Seattle), Saturday (Portland) and Sunday (Tri City).
All 3 games are in Tri City and will be played in the afternoon, so you can listen for period reports on all games on The Drive and B-104.
The ICE have 31 players on the roster but 8 will not be available this weekend as they head to NHL Camps.
Brayden McNabb (Buffalo) Drew Czerwonka (Edmonton), Max Reinhart (Calgary) Joey Leach (Calgary), Matt Fraser (Vancouver), Kevin King (Dallas), Steele Boomer (Chicago) and Hayden Rintoul (Florida).
That leaves 23 players for the weekend with 4 goalies, 6 defensemen and 13 forwards.
Judging by comments made by the ICE, the games will go a long way in helping make final decisions to the roster.

Monday, September 6, 2010

ICE Reduce Roster To 31

Goalies (4)

1 Todd Mathews (20)
31 Nathan Lieuwen (19)
Brett Teskey (17)
Mackenzie Skapski (16)

Defense (9)
2 Hayden Rintoul (19)
3 Brayden McNabb (19)
4 James Martin (19)
5 Jagger Dirk (17)
6 Luke Paulsen (18)
24 Joey Leach (18)
John Neibrandt (18)
Jeff Hubic (16)
Michael Simpson (16)

Forwards (18)

9 Christian Magnus (18)
11 Matt Fraser (20)
15 Steele Boomer (20)
16 Kevin King (20)
17 Elgin Pearce (18)
18 Jesse Ismond (19)
19 Drew Czerwonka (18)
20 Max Reinhart (18)
21 Brock Montgomery (18)
23 Joe Antilla (19)
25 Brendan Hurley (17)
Erik Benoit (17)
Ryan Bloom (17)
Adam Rossignol (17)
Jarett Zentner (17)
Levi Cable (16)
Colby Cave (16)
Jared Iron (16)

ICE Intrasquad Game

The Kootenay ICE wrapped up their training camp with their Annual Intrasquad Game for the United Way. Team White won 5-3.
White was led by 15-year-old forward Luke Philp with 2 goals with singles from Jesse Wood-Schatz (15), Jared Iron (16) and Brendan Hurley (17).
Blue had 2 goals from 15-year-old Sam Reinhart and Elgin Pearce (18) had the other.

There were 2 fights and both invloved veterans as Drew Czerwonka battled Brendan Hurley and then Hurley fought Matt Fraser.

1st Period
White - Hurley (Cave, Hubic) 2:03
White - Philp (Benoit, Ismond) 15:28
Blue - S. Reinhart 16:17
White - Wood-Schatz 17:48
2nd Period
White - Philp (2) (Paulsen, Leach) 4:07
White - Iron (Cave, Rintoul) 9:56
Blue - Pearce (Santucci, Elyniuk) 15:34 pp
3rd Period
Blue - S. Reinhart (2) (Fraser) 10:54
Shots on goal by
White - 6 - 7 - 5 = 18
Blue - 5 - 9 - 7 = 21
Goal (shots-saves) – White: Brett Teskey 30:00 (12-11) Kevin Jacyna 30:00 came in halfway through 2nd period (9-7) Blue: Mackenzie Skapski 20:00 (6-3) Steve Myland 20:00 started 2nd period (7-5), Wyatt Hoflin 20:00 started 3rd period (5-5)
Attendance – $2,142 raised for the United Way.

ICE Camp Report w/Garnet Kazuik

Kootenay ICE Director of Scouting Garnet Kazuik on the 2010-11 training camp.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

ICE Camp Report Sunday

Kootenay ICE Training Camp concludes today with a couple more scrimmages.
ICE management and scouting staff will have their exit meetings with all the players and be ready to move on to the preseason.
The club will host their Annual Intrasquad Game for the United Way Monday morning starting at 11.
The game will feature most of the returning veterans, prospects still battling for a spot on the team and younger prospects who will not make the team.
Based on history, the club will look to have around 30 players on their roster going into the exhibition season. 8 players will leave for NHL camps, leaving around 22 available for the 3 preseason games in Tri City next weekend.

Veterans - All showed up with great energy and realization of the great expectations of the season.
I don't think any is in danger of losing their spot on the roster.

Goalies - The battle for the #1 spot continues to be Todd Mathews and Nathan Lieuwen, but again with 3 over-age forwards (Boomer, Fraser, King), Mathews is also in an over-age battle to stay with the ICE.
The club may keep 2-3 prospects for their preseason games with Kevin Jacyna 17, Steven Myland 16, Mackenzie Skapski 16 and Brett Teskey 17 the options.

Defense - The club has 6 returning veterans and that leaves 1 spot open if the club continues it's tradition of having 7 on the final roster. The clubs' best 2 prospects, 17-year-olds Michael King (no show) and Dylan Schellenberg (injured til November), are unavailable. The options right now are one of the 2 18-year olds J.R. Krolic and John Neibrandt, or one of the 16-year-olds Austin Dick, Scott Gallaher, Jeff Hubic, Blake Ireland and Mike Simpson.
Simpson has played really physical and hasn't been shy to carry the puck. The big guy just needs to work on his skating and he'll be a solid player on the back end.
Gallaher and Hubic have stood out with their skating and puck moving abilities.
The club may keep 4-5 for the preseason games and be closer to a decision after seeing them in game action.

Forwards - 11 returning vets and the history of keeping 13 forwards leaves only 2 rosters spots available. Going into camp it seemed to be a battle between four 17-year-olds Ryan Bloom, Adam Rossignol, Eric Benoit and Jarett Zentner. Bloom, Benoit and Rossignol have shown their speed, skill and playmaking abilities and Zentner has used his size (6'5") to have good camps. 16-year-olds Colby Cave and Jared Iron are 2 solid younger propects but are in tough for a spot with so many older players available. Other 16-year-olds are Levi Cable, Mitchell Fyffe, Kurt Johnas, Sam Johnson, Cameron Rowat, Joey Santucci, Colton Sheen, Jaymes Veitch.
The club may keep 6-8 for the preseason.

15-year-olds - The club had 11 picks in 7 rounds, including 7 in the first 4 rounds and must be happy with their weekend.
Goalie - Wyatt Hoflin has a great camp and adds to the young depth in the netminder department.
Defense - Tanner Faith got better every day and looks to be an all-around blueliner.
Spencer Wand and Kyle Krabben also look to be solid in all 3 zones.
Cole DePape is injured and did not show up.
Forwards - Sam Reinhart stood out throughout the weekend and has all the makings of being on the club next year.
Luke Philp, Jaedon Descheneau, Jesse Wood-Schatz, Jonathan Martin and Jakson Elynuik all played better as the weekend progressed.

After the Intrasquad game on Monday I'll have comments from the ICE as to how they will proceed heading into the exhibition season.
I'll also post the updated roster.

Friday, September 3, 2010

ICE Camp Report Prospects

Kootenay ICE Training Camp will continue through the long weekend at the Rec-Plex.
The veterans and prospects are divided into three teams and will take part in daily practices and scrimmages.
No cuts or roster decisions will be made until the Intra Squad Game on Monday and then the club will move forward into the preseason.
The club will be losing 8 players to NHL camps so the ICE will need enough players to have a full roster for the preseason games.
Amung the prospects is 16-year old goalie Mackenzie Skapski whose season ended in a bus accident. He was the most seriously hurt with head injuries and had two plates and some screws surgically installed to repair damage and facilitate healing. He is fully healthy.
Based on history the ICE go with a roster of 22 players with 2 goalies, 7 defensemen and 13 forwards.
Depending on who they keep as their 3 over-agers, there are only 4 openings.
They are looking for 1 goalie (if they don't keep both Mathews and Lieuwen), 1 defenseman and 2-3 forwards.
There could be more rookies on the club if they can beat a veteran for a spot in the line-up.
Who is ready to make the club? One day is too early to make any predictions.
The veterans all look bigger, stronger and healthy. Their jobs will be tough to take away.

Goalie Prospects
Kevin Jacyna 17
Steven Myland 16
Mackenzie Skapski 16
Brett Teskey 17

Defenseman Prospects
Austin Dick 16
Scott Gallaher 16
Jeff Hubic 16
Blake Ireland 16
J.R. Krolic 18
John Neibrandt 18
Mike Simpson 16

Forwards Prospects
Erik Benoit 17
Ryan Bloom 17
Levi Cable 16
Colby Cave 16
Mitchell Fyffe 16
Jared Iron 16
Kurt Johnas 16
Sam Johnson 16
Adam Rossignol 17
Cameron Rowat 16
Joey Santucci 16
Colton Sheen 16
Jaymes Veitch 16
Jarett Zentner 17

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

ICE Camp Report Forwards

The Kootenay ICE have 19 players who are eligible to return to the WHL this season, including 11 forwards.
They have three 20-year-olds with Kevin King, Matt Fraser and Steele Boomer.
Two 19-year-olds with Joe Antilla and Jesse Ismond.
The returnees include five 18-year-olds Max Reinhart, Drew Czerwonka, Elgin Pearce, Brock Montgomery and Christian Magnus.
One 17-year-old Brendan Hurley.
The club usually keeps 13 forwards so going into camp there are only 2 openings.
As always, the message is that the returning players aren’t guaranteed their spot in the line-up.
Plus the returning forwards will also be competing for playing time especially on the power-play and penalty-kill.
Going into camp there are 14 prospects with 10 16-year-olds and 4 17-year-olds and there is a lot of solid potential to choose from.
Ryan Bloom played 1 game with the ICE last year and joins Adam Rossignol, Eric Benoit and Jarett Zentner as 17-year-olds who appear ready for the WHL.
A couple of 16-year-olds who will get long looks are Jared Iron and last years’ 1st rounder Colby Cave.

Forwards (34) … 11 returnees, 9 15-year-olds, plus 8 not in camp

9 Christian Magnus
Saskatoon, Sask
- 51 GP 2-8-10 24pm Playoffs 6 GP 0-1-1 2pm
- Career 115 GP 5-13-18 43pm Career Playoffs 10 GP 0-1-1 2pm

11 Matt Fraser
Red Deer, Alb
- 65 GP 32-24-56 119pm Playoffs 6 GP 1-1-2 12pm AHL Peoria 2 GP 0-0-0 0pm
- Career 199 GP 51-49-100 294pm Career Playoffs 19 GP 2-4-6 24pm

15 Steele Boomer
Edmonton, Alb
- 71 GP 26-42-68 44pm Playoffs 6 GP 0-4-4 2pm
- Career 168 GP 39-71-110 101pm Career Playoffs 16 GP 1-5-6 8pm

16 Kevin King
Calgary, Alb
- 69 GP 28-34-62 86pm Playoffs 6 GP 4-3-7 10pm
- Career 267 GP 62-88-150 260pm Career Playoffs 27 GP 9-7-14 34pm

17 Elgin Pearce
Port Coquitlam, BC
- 45 GP 3-4-7 22pm Playoffs 6 GP 1-2-3 4pm

18 Jesse Ismond
Kindersley, Sask
- 72 GP 21-31-52 59pm Playoffs 6 GP 0-1-1 7pm
- Career 139 GP 31-42-73 91pm Career Playoffs 10 GP 0-1-1 17pm

19 Drew Czerwonka
Glenavon, Sask
- 54 GP 4-9-13 106pm Playoffs 6 GP 1-2-3 9pm
- Career 111 GP 20-11-131 189pm Career Playoffs 10 GP 1-2-3 14pm

20 Max Reinhart
Vancouver, BC
- 72 GP 21-30-51 38pm Playoffs 6 GP 1-1-2 6pm
- Career 134 GP 32-46-78 59pm Career Playoffs 10 GP 2-1-3 8pm

21 Brock Montgomery
Moose Jaw, Sask
- 59 GP 11-5-16 93pm Playoffs 6 GP 1-0-1 0pm

23 Joe Antilla
Madeira Park, BC
- 72 GP 13-12-25 52pm Playoffs 6 GP 0-0-0 8pm
- Career 197 GP 21-35-56 128pm Career Playoffs 10 GP 0-1-1 8pm

25 Brendan Hurley
Fort Sask, Alb
- 59 GP 2-3-5 89pm
- Career 67 GP 2-3-5 102pm

Prospects listed alphabetically.

Erik Benoit
17 year old forward
Regina, Sask
Sask AAA Midget Regina 41 GP 28-13-41 44pm

Ryan Bloom
17 year old forward
Calgary, Alb
2nd round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
Alberta Midget Calgary 28 GP 10-14-24 4pm

Levi Cable
16 year old foward
Hudson Bay, Sask
Sask AAA Midget Yorkton 44 GP 16-18-34 8pm

Colby Cave
16 year old forward
North Battleford, Sask
1st round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Battlefords 42 GP 15-21-36 40pm

Jaedon Descheneau
15 year old forward
Edmonton, Alb
3rd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Leduc 33 GP 31-46-77 38pm

Jakson Elynuik
15 year old forward
Calgary, Alb
7th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Calgary 32 GP 19-20-39 12pm

Mitchell Fyffe
16 year old forward
New Westminister, BC
9th round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
BC Midget Vancouver 35 GP 9-7-16 34pm

Jared Iron
16 year old forward
Canoe Narrows, Sask
8th round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Beardy's 41 GP 25-36-61 34pm

Kurt Johnas
16 year old forward
Winnipeg, Man
5th round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Midget Winnipeg 31 GP 7-19-26

Sam Johnson
16 year old forward
Okotoks, Alb
Alberta AAA Midget Keystone 32 GP 31-15-46 78pm

Jonathan Martin
15 year old forward
Winnipeg, Man
7th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Bantam 30 GP 21-10-31 30pm

Luke Philp
15 year old forward
Canmore, Alb
3rd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Airdrie 27 GP 30-29-59 36pm

Sam Reinhart
15 year old forward
Hollyburn, BC
1st round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Bantam Vancouver

Adam Rossignol
17 year old forward
Cloverdale, BC
7th round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
PIJHL Aldergrove 46 GP 17-32-49 22pm

Cameron Rowat
16 year old forward
Souris, Man

Joey Santucci
16 year old forward
Coquitlam, BC

Colton Sheen
16 year old forward
Calgary, AB

Doan Smith
15 year old forward
Duchess, Alb

Jaymes Veitch
16 year old forward
Creston, BC

Ian Williams
15 year old forward
Wilcox, Sask

Stephen Wilson
15 year old forward
Moose Jaw, Sask

Jesse Wood-Schatz
15 year old forward
Sherwood, Park, Alb
5th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Calgary 28 GP 1-9-10 18pm

Jarett Zentner
17 year old forward
Red Deer, Alb
4th round pick 2008 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Red Deer 35 GP 8-18-26 20pm

Not In Camp

Cody Bisbing
17 year old forward
Phoenix, Ariz
10th round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
USA U-18 P.F. Changs 48 GP 16-22-38 85pm

Ryan Fox
20 year old forward
Creighton, Sask
SJHL Flin Flon 32 GP 13-8-21 28pm

Clayton Jardine
19 year old forward
Lacombe, Alb
9th round pick in 2006 Bantam Draft
Commited to Merrimack College
AJHL Camrose 45 GP 17-26-43 45pm

Stefan Nicholishen
17 year old forward
Penticton, BC
Commited to Nebraska-Omaha
BCHL Penticton 55 GP 2-5-7 12pm

Brendan O'Donnell
18 year old forward
Winnipeg, Man
9th round pick in 2007 Bantam Draft
Committed to NCAA U of North Dakota
MJHL Winnipeg 53 GP 29-32-61 55pm

Colton St. Clair
18 year old forward
Gilbert, Ariz
10th round pick in 2007 Bantam Draft
Committed to North Dakota
USHL Fargo 51 GP 14-17-31 35pm

Riley Simpson
17 year old forward
Innisfail, Alb
12th round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
AJHL Brooks 58 GP 16-18-34 48pm

Connor Tiechko
18 year old forward
Chilliwack, BC
6th round pick in 2007 Bantam Draft
BCHL Naniamo/Surrey 45 GP 1-7-8 12pm

ICE Camp Report Defensemen

The Kootenay ICE have 19 players who are eligible to return to the WHL this season, including six defensemen.
Three are 19-years-old with Brayden McNabb, Hayden Rintoul and James Martin.
There are two 18-year-olds in Joey Leach and Luke Paulsen and one 17-year-old Jagger Dirk.
The ICE have to like the balance of their rearguards with plenty of offence, solid defensive play and overall toughness.
The ICE usually go through the season with seven defenseman, so that means there is only one opening on the club.
As always, the message is that the returning players aren’t guaranteed their spot in the line-up.
Plus the returning blueliners will also be competing for playing time especially on the power-play and penalty-kill.
Of the propects there are five 16-year-olds and two 18-year-olds, including John Neibrandt who had a long visit with the ICE last season.
The club has 2 solid 17-year-old prospects but neither will trying out this weekend.
Michael King of Prince George will not attend camp for the 2nd year in a row and Dylan Schellenberg, who suffered a knee injury last season, won’t be ready for the start of the season.

Defense (13) … 6 returnees, plus 4 15-year-olds (1 injured), 1 injured and 4 not in camp

2 Hayden Rintoul
Calgary, Alb
- 70 GP 6-37-43 54pm Playoffs 6 GP 1-2-3 2pm
- Career 137 GP 14-55-69 87pm Career Playoffs 10 GP 1-5-6 6pm

3 Brayden McNabb
Davidson, Sask
- 64 GP 17-40-57 121pm Playoffs 6 GP 0-4-4 18pm
- Career 199 GP 29-75-104 324pm Career Playoffs 20 GP 0-10-10 30pm

4 James Martin
Winnipeg, Man
- 66 GP 8-11-19 31pm Playoffs 6 GP 1-1-2 2pm
- Career 125 GP 8-15-23 72pm Career Playoffs 10 GP 1-1-2 6pm

5 Jagger Dirk
Penticton, BC
- 26 GP 1-4-5 23pm

6 Luke Paulsen
Winnipeg, Man
- 49 GP 0-4-4 16pm Playoffs 6 GP 0-0-0 0pm

24 Joey Leach
Wadena, Sask
- 70 GP 3-23-26 77pm Playoffs 6 GP 1-0-1 14pm
- Career 82 GP 4-23-27 81pm Career Playoffs 9 GP 1-0-1 14pm

Prospects listed alphabetically.

Austin Dick
16 year old defenseman
Kelowna, BC

Tanner Faith
15 year old defenseman
Wilcox, Sask
2nd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Bantam Notre Dame 20 GP 4-13-17 8pm

Scott Gallaher
16 year old defenseman
Winnipeg, Man

Jeff Hubic
16 year old defenseman
Regina, Sask
4th round pick 2009 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Regina 33 GP 9-13-22 51pm

Blake Ireland
16 year old defenseman
Edmonton, Alb

Kyle Krabben
15 year old defenseman
Calgary, Alb
6th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Bantam Calgary 28 GP 1-9-10 18pm

J.R. Krolic
18 year old defenseman
Penticton, BC

John Neibrandt
18 year old defenseman
Yorkton, Sask
SJHL Yorkton 38 GP 3-1-4 59pm

Mike Simpson
16 year old defenseman
Semiahmoo, BC
6th round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
BC Midget Valley West 27 GP 3-0-3 52pm

Spencer Wand
15 year old defenseman
Shaunavon, Alb
4th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Sask AA Bantam Swift Current 22 GP 5-7-12 69pm


Dylan Schellenberg
17 year old defenseman
Drumheller, Alb
8th round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
AJHL Drumheller 33 GP 3-0-3 104pm

Cole DePape
15 year old defenseman
Winnipeg, Man
4th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Bantam Winnipeg 24 GP 3-9-12 77pm

Not In Camp

Matt Benning
16 year old defenseman
St Albert, Alb
2nd round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget St. Albert 33 GP 7-14-21 32pm

Michael King
17 year old defenseman
Prince George, BC
3rd round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
BC Midget Cariboo 39 GP 5-17-22 16pm

Kaare Odegarde
20 year old defenseman
Red Deer, Alb
NCAA Alaska Fairbanks 29 GP 0-5-5 17pm

Justin Schultz
20 year old defenseman
West Bank, BC
NCAA U of Wisconsin 41 GP 5-15-20 12pm