Monday, January 31, 2011

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 32-16-1-2 record (17-6-1-1 at home, 15-10-0-1 on the road, 1-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootouts) and in third place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE and sixth in the WHL…The ICE will play eight games at home and four on the road during the month of February.

SPAGHETTI FEED: The KOOTENAY ICE FAN CLUB will be hosting a SPAGHETTI FEED on Sunday, February 20th at the Colombo Hall starting at 6:00 pm…The meal will be served by the KOOTENAY ICE players and will include chicken, potatoes, dessert and more…Tickets are $30.00 and available at the KOOTENAY ICE FAN CLUB TABLE during games or at KOOTENAY MARINE.

DINNER AND A GAME: The KOOTENAY ICE along with COYOTE JACK’S GRILL have announced that fans can now purchase a restaurant seat and a meal for $25.00 for any remaining regular season home game…The meal will be off of a special COYOTE JACK’S GRILL menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, nachos and more…Limited seating is available and tickets can be purchased at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.

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 $119.00, Seniors $91.00, Students $77.00 and Youth $63.00…On each package you save $3.00 per game over the walk-up ticket prices.

SAVE ON FOODS: The 2010-2011 SAVE ON FOODS VOUCHERS are still available…Customers can purchase the ticket vouchers at the CRANBROOK SAVE ON FOODS location for all remaining KOOTENAY ICE regular season home games…Cardholders can pick them up for $18.00 including HST or for free with the redemption of 8,000 SAVE ON MORE points…Non-Cardholders can get their vouchers for $20.00 including HST.

DID YOU KNOW: The ICE are 27-12-1-2 against the EASTERN CONFERENCE this season (15-5-1-1 at home, 12-6-0-1 on the road, 1-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootouts)…Lifetime KOOTENAY has a 46-48-12-3 versus CALGARY (29-24-3-0 at home, 19-24-9-3 on the road, 2-0-12-3 in overtime)…The ICE are 22-4-0-1 when they score the first goal of the game and 10-12-1-1 when their opponent scores first…MACKENZIE SKAPSKI recorded his first WHL career win on January 29 against LETHBRIDGE (30 Saves)…JOE ANTILLA has played in 248 games with the ICE…BRAYDEN MCNABB has played in 238 games with KOOTENAY…JESSE ISMOND has played in 190 games with the ICE…KEVIN KING recorded his 200th WHL career point against BRANDON on January 26…BROCK MONTGOMERY played in his 100th WHL career game on January 23rd against RED DEER…BRENDAN HURLEY played in his 100th WHL career game against SPOKANE on January 21st.

SCORING STREAKS: ELGIN PEARCE (3-2-5), KEVIN KING (2-3-5) and JESSE ISMOND (1-4-5) have each recorded at least a point in their last four games.

INJURIES / TRANSACTIONS: JOEY LEACH (ankle) and STEELE BOOMER (ankle) will both be out of the KOOTENAY line up three to five weeks …LUKE PAULSEN will be out of the ICE line up week to week with a head injury…MATT FRASER will be out of the KOOTENAY line up day to day with a head injury…KOOTENAY has called up Goaltender MACKENZIE SKAPSKI (June 6, 1994) of the RIDGE MEADOW FLAMES – PIJHL (20-927-4.27-1-.894), Forward LEVI CABLE (August 31, 1994) of the YORKTON HARVEST – SMAAAHL (34-23-22-45-20) and Defensemen MIKE SIMPSON (May 7, 1994) of the PORT MOODY BLACK PANTHERS – PIJHL (17-2-3-5-50) for the next two games.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 52 games of the 2009-2010 season the ICE were 32-16-2-2, after 53 games 33-16-2-2 and after 54 games 34-16-2-2.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday February 1 ICE vs. Calgary 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Wednesday February 2 ICE @ Calgary 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Thursday February 3 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Friday February 4 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Saturday February 5 ICE vs. Vancouver 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Wednesday, January 26 – Kootenay 4 vs. Brandon 5 – Record 30-16-1-2 – Attendance: 2,220
Goals:
1 – Antilla (14) from King and Eakin
2 – McNabb (12) from King and Eakin
3 – Pearce (8) from Czerwonka and Ismond
4 – Eakin (21) from Rintoul and McNabb
Goalies: Brett Teskey (25 Saves, 5 GA), Nathan Lieuwen (5 Saves, 0 GA)

Friday, January 28 – Kootenay 6 @ Lethbridge 3 – Record 31-16-1-2 – Attendance: 3,229
Goals:
1 – Hurley (4) from Rintoul and Benoit
2 – Ismond (11) from Pearce and Reinhart
3 – King (22) from McNabb
4 – Rintoul (1) from Ismond and Reinhart
5 – Pearce (9) from Reinhart and McNabb
6 – McNabb (13)
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (28 Saves, 3 GA)

Saturday, January 29 – Kootenay 4 vs. Lethbridge 3 – OT – Record 32-16-1-2 – Attendance: 2,701
Goals:
1 – Czerwonka (12) from Montgomery and Neibrandt
2 – Reinhart (26) from Ismond and Martin
3 – Martin (8) from King and Antilla
4 – Pearce (10) from Reinhart
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (30 Saves, 3 GA)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

WHL Monthly Records January 2011

Kootenay – 12 7-5-0-0 14
Calgary - 14 4-9-0-1 9
Edmonton - 13 4-8-0-1 9
Lethbridge - 14 5-7-1-1 12
Medicine Hat - 13 8-5-0-0 16
Red Deer - 14 11-2-0-1 23

Brandon - 13 5-5-0-3 13
Moose Jaw - 14 8-5-1-0 17
Prince Albert - 13 6-6-0-1 13
Regina - 13 7-5-1-0 15
Saskatoon - 13 10-2-0-1 21
Swift Current - 13 4-9-0-0 8

Chilliwack - 13 4-8-0-1 9
Kamloops - 15 5-9-0-1 11
Kelowna - 13 8-5-0-0 16
Prince George - 13 5-8-0-0 10
Vancouver - 12 9-3-0-0 18

Everett - 13 5-6-1-1 12
Portland - 12 9-3-0-0 18
Seattle - 15 2-11-1-1 6
Spokane - 14 10-3-1-0 21
Tri City - 13 9-3-1-0 19

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Kootenay 4 Lethbridge 3 OT Game #51

Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE forward Elgin Pearce scored at 3:21 of overtime in a 4-3 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in WHL action on Saturday night.

ICE opened the scoring as defenseman John Neibrandt put the puck towards the Lethbridge net where Drew Czerwonka picked it up and scored with a backhand shot.
ICE took a 2-0 lead on the powerplay as Jesse Ismond fed Max Reinhart in the slot and he scored his team leading 26th on his own rebound.

In the 2nd period the ICE took a 3-0 lead as Kevin King created a 2-on-1 by busting through defenders in the neutral zone and fed defenseman James Martin near the crease who scored on a one time shot.
1:07 later the Hurricanes Max Ross was alone in the middle slot and scored with a wrist shot on the glove side.
Lethbridge got within a goal late in the 2nd period as defenseman Reid Jackson scored from the corner boards that squeaked through the goalie at the near post.

In the 3rd period the Hurricanes tied the game on a goal mouth scramble and Mitch Maxwell was there to get it into the net.

In overtime Elgin Pearce stopped Brody Sutter from scoring the winning goal with a scramble near the ICE net and then went on a 2-on-1 break with Max Reinhart. Reinhart barged through the defender to create a 2-on-1 near the net and fed Pearce who scored with a one time shot high on the stick side.

ICE goalie Mackenzie Skapski made his 1st WHL start.

ICE will host Calgary on Tuesday.

ICE Scratches – Luke Paulsen (2nd game concussion 1-2 weeks), Joey Leach (6th game ankle surgery 4 weeks), Matt Fraser (5th game concussion day-to-day), Steele Boomer (6th game ankle 4 weeks).

Game Summary
Lethbridge 17-24-3-7 Kootenay 32-16-1-2

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Czerwonka 12 (Neibrandt, Montgomery) 1:57
2. Kootenay, Reinhart 26 (Ismond, Martin) 8:22 pp
Penalties – Hood Leth (slashing) 6:32, R. Maxwell (tripping) 10:04, Sutter Leth Neibrandt Ktn (fighting) 16:51, Simpson Ktn (tripping) 18:00.
2nd Period
3. Kootenay, Martin 8 (King, Antilla) 8:11
4. Lethbridge, Ross 13 (R. Maxwell, M. Maxwell) 9:18
5. Lethbridge, Jackson 1 (Hood) 17:39
Penalties – R. Maxwell Leth (hooking) 13:29,
3rd Period
6. Lethbridge, M. Maxwell 13 (R. Maxwell, Ross) 11:15
Penalties – None.
Overtime
7. Kootenay, Pearce 10 (Reinhart) 3:21
Penalties – Ryckman Leth (tripping) :21.
Shots on goal by
Lethbridge – 10 – 12 – 10 – 1 = 33
Kootenay - 14 – 11 - 5 - 3 = 33
Goal (shots-saves) – Lethbridge: Brandon Anderson (L 11-16-3-6) (33-29) Kootenay: Mackenzie Skapski (W 1-0-0-0) (33-30)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Lethbridge: 0/1 Kootenay: 1/4
Referee – Devin Klein
Linesmen – Matthew Barker, Jim Maniago
Attendance – 2,701

ICE Trivia Game #51

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Mackenzie Skapski is the 6th goalie ICE to wear #1. Who were the other 5?

ANSWER – Clayton Pool, Dan Blackburn, Bryan Bridges, Kris Lazaruk, Todd Mathews.

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Lethbridge @ Kootenay Game #51

The Kootenat ICE will host Lethbridge tonight in the 2nd half of a home and home.
Last night the ICE won 6-3 to lead the season series 2-1 in which the road team has won every game.
ICE are 3rd in the Conference and the Hurricanes are tied for 9th.
Goalie Mackenzie Skapski is expected to make his 1st WHL start for the ICE.
Brayden McNabb has 10 points in his last 5 games and is now 3rd in defenseman scoring in the WHL.
This is the last game in January for the ICE who are 6-5-0-0 during the month.
In February the ICE will play 12 games, 8 at home and 4 on the road.
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 6:30 on The Drive.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 25 Max Reinhart
Assists - 29 Kevin King
Points - 53 Max Reinhart
PM - 80 Matt Fraser
Defenseman - 45 Brayden McNabb
Rookie - 8 Adam Rossignol
+/- - +22 Max Reinhart

Hurricanes
Goals - 26 Braes
Assists - 23 Austin Fyten
Points - 47 Cam Braes
PM - 152 Cason Machacek
Defenseman - 18 Landon Oslanski
Rookie - 20 Alex Kuvaev
+/- - +5 Cam Braes

Head to Head
ICE
Brayden McNabb 1-5-6
Cody Eakin 0-6-6 (all with Swift Current)
Max Reinhart 2-3-5
Kevin King 2-2-4
Drew Czerwonka 2-1-3
Jesse Ismond 2-1-3
Joe Antilla 1-2-3
Steele Boomer 0-3-3
Nathan Lieuwen 2-0-0-1 2.93 .890%

Hurricanes
Mitch Maxwell 1-2-3
Reid Jackson 1-2-3
Brandon Anderson 1-1-0-0 4.64 .873
Dylan Tait 0-1-0-0 4.44 .883%

Streaks
Brayden McNabb 5 games 4-6-10
Hayden Rintoul 3 games 1-3-4
Kevin King 3 games 2-2-4
Elgin Pearce 3 games 2-2-4
Jesse Ismond 3 games 1-3-4

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kootenay 6 Lethbridge 3 Game #50

Lethbridge, Alb – Kootenay ICE defenseman Brayden McNabb had 1 goal and 2 assists in the 3rd period and Max Reinhart had 3 assists in a 6-3 win in Lethbridge in WHL action on Friday night.

Hayden Rintoul, Jesse Ismond and Elgin Pearce each had 1 goal and 1 assist.

It’s the 4th game in a row the ICE have been tied 2-2 in the 3rd period.

Brayden McNabb has points in 5 straight games.
Hayden Rintoul, Jesse Ismond Kevin King and Elgin Pearce extended their point streak to 3 games.

Defenseman Mike Simpson played in his 1st career game.
Goalie Mackenzie Skapski was the back-up and is scheduled to make his 1st start on Saturday.

ICE will host Lethbridge on Saturday.

ICE Scratches – Luke Paulsen (concussion 1-2 weeks), Joey Leach (ankle 4 weeks), Matt Fraser (concussion day-to-day), Steele Boomer (ankle 4 weeks).

Game Summary
Lethbridge 17-24-2-7 Kootenay 31-16-1-2

Kootenay 1 1 4 - 6
Lethbridge 0 2 1 - 3

1st Period-1, Kootenay, Hurley 4 (Rintoul, Benoit), 1:53. Penalties-Fyten Let (high sticking), 2:38; Tarnasky Let (tripping), 6:11.

2nd Period-2, Kootenay, Ismond 11 (Pearce, Reinhart), 0:47. 3, Lethbridge, Fyten 20 (Braes, Ross), 11:46. 4, Lethbridge, Fyten 21 (Johnston, Jackson), 16:41 (PP). Penalties-Rintoul Ktn (roughing), 6:35; Ross Let (tripping), 9:26; Martin Ktn (charging), 15:17.

3rd Period-5, Lethbridge, Johnston 1 (Maxwell, Maxwell), 2:50 (PP). 6, Kootenay, King 22 (McNabb), 5:09 (PP). 7, Kootenay, Rintoul 1 (Ismond, Reinhart), 10:06. 8, Kootenay, Pearce 9 (Reinhart, McNabb), 14:28 (PP). 9, Kootenay, McNabb 13 19:02 (EN). Penalties-Antilla Ktn (holding), 2:31; Ross Let (hooking), 3:50; Ross Let (tripping), 13:58; Cable Ktn (slashing), 14:37; Hurley Ktn (roughing), 14:37; Hood Let (roughing), 14:37; McNabb Ktn (high sticking), 16:48.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 12-8-17-37. Lethbridge 12-14-5-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 2 / 5; Lethbridge 2 / 5.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 22-12-1-1 (31 shots-28 saves). Lethbridge, Tait 6-8-0-1 (36 shots-31 saves).
A-3,229
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Chris Crich (80).
Linesmen-Bobby Bedingfield (21), Scott Sharun (103).

ICE Trivia Game #50

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Kevin King is the 10th ICE player to reach 200 career points. Who are the other 9?

ANSWER – Jarret Stoll, Nigel Dawes, Dustin Sylvester, Steve DaSilva, Dale Mahovsky, Andrew Bailey, Ryan Russell, Mike Green, Adam Cracknell.

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Kootenay @ Lethbridge Game #50

The Kootenay ICE are in Lethbridge tonight for the 1st half of a home and home.
The season series is tied 1-1 with the Hurricanes win coming in an overtime shootout.
ICE are on their longest losing streak of the season with 3 straight defeats and are 4th in the Conference.
In the 3 games the ICE have been outscored 16-10. In the 3rd period they have been outscored 10-5.
Hurricanes lost 10-2 in Red Deer on Wednesday and are tied for 8th in the Conference.
ICE are without Matt Fraser (day-to-day), Steele Boomer (4 weeks), Joey Leach (4 weeks) and Luke Paulsen (1-2 weeks).
Defenseman Mike Simpson has joined the club and will play in his 1st game tonight while forward Levi Cable will play in his 2nd.
Goalie Mackenzie Skapski will be the back-up tonight and is scheduled to play in his 1st game on Saturday.
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 6:30 on The Drive.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 25 Max Reinhart
Assists - 29 Kevin King
Points - 50 Max Reinhart, Kevin King
PM - 80 Matt Fraser
Defenseman - 42 Brayden McNabb
Rookie - 8 Adam Rossignol
+/- - +20 Max Reinhart

Hurricanes
Goals - 26 Cam Braes
Assists - 23 Austin Fyten
Points - 46 Cam Braes
PM - 152 Cason Machacek
Defenseman - 18 Landon Oslanski
Rookie - 20 Alex Kuvaev
+/- - +6 Austin Fyten

Head To Head
ICE
Drew Czerwonka 2-1-3
Joe Antilla 1-2-3
Kevin King 1-2-3
Steele Boomer 0-3-3
Brayden McNabb 0-3-3
Max Reinhart 2-0-2
Nathan Lieuwen 1-0-0-1 2.90 .882%

Hurricanes
Graham Hood 2-0-2
Mitch Maxwell 1-1-2
Philip Tot 1-1-2
Reid Jackson 0-2-2
Brandon Anderson 1-1-0-0 4.64 .873%

Streaks
Cody Eakin 6 games 9-6-15
Brayden McNabb 4 games 3-4-7

Thursday, January 27, 2011

ICE Update

The ICE have called up 16-year-old defenseman Mike Simpson for the weekend. (PIJHL Delta/Port Moody 33 GP 3-6-9 81pm)
Luke Paulsen is out 1-2 weeks with a concussion. Paulsen left in the 1st period of yesterday's game.
Goalie Mackenzie Skapski is scheduled to make his 1st start on Saturday.

The ICE will not see former teammate Cason Machacek who received a 5-game suspension for his actions Wednesday in Red Deer.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Brandon 5 Kootenay 4 Game #49

Cranbrook, BC – Brandon Wheat Kings Brendan Walker scored a hat-trick in a 5-4 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Wednesday night.

Brandon opened the scoring on the powerplay on a turnover at the ICE blueline and David Toews dropped a pass in the slot to Brendan Walker who scored with a wrist shot high on the stick side.
45-seconds later the ICE tied the game as Joe Antilla was alone in front of the net to banged in a rebound through the goalies legs.

ICE took a 2-1 lead as defenseman Brayden McNabb wristed a shot from the blueline that beat the screened the goalie high on the stick side.
48-seconds later Brandon tied the game as Brendan Walker got his 2nd of the game as he scored on a long shot that squirted through the goalie.

Brandon took a 3-2 lead early in the 3rd as Brenden Walker got the hat-trick with another turnover at the ICE blueline and his wrist shot beat the goalie high on the glove side.
Wheat Kings took a 4-2 lead on a 3-on-1 break while shorthanded and Scott Glennie finished the play with a forehand deke.
On the continuing powerplay ICE forward Elgin Pearce scored with a wrist shot the beat the goalie high on the glove side.
Wheat Kings regained the 2-goal lead as Matt MacKay writes a shot that beat the goalie high on the glove side.
ICE changed goalies as Nathan Lieuwen replaced Brett Teskey.
ICE got back within a goal as Cody Eakin picked up a loose puck near the crease and scored with wrist shot on the glove side.

Kevin King's 2 assists gave hip 200 career points. He is the 10th player in Franchise History to reach the milestone.

It’s the 1st time the ICE have lost 3 games in row this season.


ICE will visit Lethbridge on Friday.

Defenseman Luke Paulsen returned after missing 3 games to a head injury.
Forward Levi Cable played in his 1st WHL game wearing jersey #26.

ICE Scratches – Joey Leach (4th game ankle surgery 4 weeks), Steele Boomer (4th game ankle 4 weeks), Matt Fraser (3rd game head day-to-day), Mackenzie Skapski.

Game Summary
Bandon 17-26-1-7 Kootenay 30-16-1-2

1st Period
1. Brandon, Walker 17 (Toews) 16:44 pp
2. Kootenay, Antilla 14 (King, Eakin) 17:29
Penalties – Galbraith Bran (instigator, fighting, misconduct) Hurley Ktn (fighting) 7:59, Benoit Ktn (tripping) 15:11.
2nd Period
3. Kootenay, McNabb 12 (King, Eakin) 17:15
4. Brandon, Walker (2) (Swyripa) 18:03
Penalties – Fransoo Bran (holding) 3:15, Hurley Ktn (goalie interefence) 8:24, Meilleur Bran (tripping) 10:29, Hurley Ktn (interfernce) 12:44, Bench Bran (too many men) 15:04.
3rd Period
5. Brandon, Walker (3) 19 2:33
6. Brandon, Glennie 22 () 8:45 sh
7. Kootenay, Pearce 8 (Ismond, Czerwonka) 9:29 pp
8. Brandon, MacKay 14 (Stone, Wiebe) 11:07
9. Kootenay, Eakin 21 (Rintoul, McNabb) 13:53
Penalties – Gustafsson Bran (slashing) 7:52.
Shots on goal by
Brandon - 13 – 12 – 12 = 37
Kootenay – 10 – 16 – 9 = 35
Goal (shots-saves) – Brandon: Corbin Boes (W 3-9-1-5) (35-31) Kootenay: Brett Teskey (L 8-3-0-0) (34-29) Nathan Lieuwen (11:07 third) (3-3)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Brandon: 1/3 Kootenay: 1/5
Referee – Pat Smith
Linesmen – Steve Cochrane, Michael Roberts
Attendance – 2,220

ICE Trivia Game #49

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Who won the WHL Executive of the Year Award last year?

ANSWER – Brandon's Kelly McCrimmon.

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Brandon @ Kootenay Game #49

The Kootenay ICE will host Brandon tonight.
It's the 3rd meeting of the season with the ICE winning both games in overtime shootouts.

ICE have lost 3 of their last 4 games and are 2nd in the Central Division and 3rd in the East Conference.
In their last 2 losses the ICE were tied 2-2 in the 3rd period.
Kootenay is 6 points behind Red Deer and 1 point ahead of Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw.
Wheat Kings lost 4-3 in Lethbridge last night are 11th in the East Conference. Brandon is 3 points out of a playoff spot.

Defenseman Luke Paulsen will return after missing 3 games to a head injury.
16-year-old Levi Cable is expected to play in his 1st WHL game. (jersey #26)
Joey Leach (4-6 weeks), Matt Fraser (day-to-day) and Steele Boomer (4 weeks) are on the injured list.
The ICE penalty-kill, which was ranked 5th, has given up 11 goals against in the last 5 games and has dropped to 12th.

Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 6:30 on The Drive.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 25 Max Reinhart
Assists - 27 Matt Fraser, Kevin King
Points - 50 Max Reinhart
PM - 80 Matt Fraser
Defenseman - 40 Brayden McNabb
Rookie - 8 Adam Rossignol
+/- - +21 Max Reinhart

Wheat Kings
Goals - 26 Shayne Wiebe
Assists - 38 Scott Glennie
Points - 59 Mark Stone, Scott Glennie
PM - 108 Ryley Miller
Defenseman - 25 Brody Melnychuk
Rookie - 25 David Toews

Head to Head
ICE
Joey Leach 1-3-4
Drew Czerwonka 1-2-3
Elgin Pearce 1-2-3

Wheat Kings
Mark Stone 2-1-3
Shayne Wiebe 1-2-3

Streaks
Brayden McNabb 3 games 2-3-5
Cody Eakin 5 games 8-4-12
Max Reinhart 3 games 2-2-4

Cranbrook Ed's

New Baseball Franchise to be named 'Cranbrook Eds'


East Kootenay - The Home Run Society has taken the WMBL's conditional franchise to the next level, and today announced it's team name - 'the Cranbrook Eds'. The event held at McDonald's Restaurant, was highlighted by the unveiling of the logo that will be used in it's future marketing. The logo features a mascot style elephant holding a baseball bat in its trunk, wearing a vintage baseball cap circa 1926 when the story of 'Cranbrook Ed' unfolded.

'Ed' was one of the many circus elephants that escaped from the Sells Floto travelling circus that was passing through Cranbrook in 1926. Most of the elephants were caught soon after escaping, but 'Ed' remained elusive for weeks, finally being tracked and captured by Ktunaxa guides. The lost elephant story put Cranbrook on news headlines around the world, and left the region buzzing with excitement. The Sells Floto circus felt it only appropriate to re-name the elephant 'Cranbrook Ed' to honour the citizens who had supported their long effort to capture him.

"The story of the lost elephant was very compelling to our group, and we have been working on this marketing concept for a few years," said Garry Slonowski, President of the Home Run Society. "We felt that we wanted a concept that was unique in the sports marketing world, tied into local history, and reflected the long and storied past that baseball has in our region. We hope that over time, the community will embrace the Cranbrook Eds concept, and it will become an icon of our community."

"We also felt the need to move the concept forward at this time in order to help people envision what we are trying to bring to our community," continued Slonowski. "The WMBL is an established league, a high calibre of baseball, and great family entertainment. We believe this will be a wonderful addition to the activities that are available in our region during the summer months."

"The logo itself was created by Arthur Tank, owner of Wolfpack Signs and Printing, who already has many of the local sports teams identities accredited to his artistic talents. We always knew that Arthur was the person we wanted to create the logo, and we were very fortunate to have his incredible skills at our disposal. We are extremely pleased with how it turned out, and feel it captures what we are striving to achieve with our marketing."

The biggest barrier still facing Cranbrook is a WMBL-ready stadium. However, the Home Run Society has been working towards achieving this goal for a number of years, and is in the final stages of completing a feasibility study for a new baseball stadium.

The study, funded by the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives Program, contracted GEC Architecture to design a scalable facility that would meet the needs of the City and Region for many years to come. GEC Architecture is well known for recreational facility design, with past achievements including the Olympic Saddledome in Calgary. The completed feasibility study is scheduled to be presented at the Monday February 7th City Council meeting, and will be released to the public shortly after.

Those interested in learning more about the Cranbrook Eds are encouraged to visit - www.CranbrookEds.com - where you can also sign up to receive announcements, including images of the proposed new stadium when they are released.

Monday, January 24, 2011

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 30-15-1-2 record (16-5-1-1 at home, 14-10-0-1 on the road, 0-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootouts) and in third place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE and sixth in the WHL…KOOTENAY was ranked seventh in the BMO CHL MASTERCARD TOP 10 RANKINGS for the week of January 17…The ICE will play their next five games against EASTERN CONFERENCE teams.

DINNER AND A GAME: The KOOTENAY ICE along with COYOTE JACK’S GRILL have announced that fans can now purchase a restaurant seat and a meal for $25.00 for any remaining regular season home game…The meal will be off of a special COYOTE JACK’S GRILL menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, nachos and more…Limited seating is available and tickets can be purchased at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.

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 $119.00, Seniors $91.00, Students $77.00 and Youth $63.00…On each package you save $3.00 per game over the walk-up ticket prices.

GIFT CARDS: Get the gift that keeps on giving…The KOOTENAY ICE now have reusable and reloadable GIFT CARDS for any dollar amount…Your special someone can use the gift card to buy individual game tickets, FLEX PAKS or PLAYOFF PACKAGES…GIFT CARDS are available now at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.

SAVE ON FOODS: The 2010-2011 SAVE ON FOODS VOUCHERS are still available…Customers can purchase the ticket vouchers at the CRANBROOK SAVE ON FOODS location for all remaining KOOTENAY ICE regular season home games…Cardholders can pick them up for $18.00 including HST or for free with the redemption of 8,000 SAVE ON MORE points…Non-Cardholders can get their vouchers for $20.00 including HST.

DID YOU KNOW: The ICE are 25-11-1-2 against the EASTERN CONFERENCE this season (14-4-1-1 at home, 11-6-0-1 on the road, 0-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootouts)…MAX REINHART leads KOOTENAY in points this season with 50 (25-25-50)…JOE ANTILLA has played in 245 games with the ICE…KEVIN KING needs two more points to reach 200 in his WHL career…BROCK MONTGOMERY played in his 100th WHL career game on January 23rd against RED DEER…BRENDAN HURLEY played in his 100th WHL career game against SPOKANE on January 21st…NATHAN LIEUWEN played in his 100th WHL career game on January 18th against EDMONTON.

SCORING STREAKS: BRAYDEN MCNABB (2-3-5) and MAX REINHART (2-2-4) have each recorded at least a point in their last three games.

INJURIES / TRANSACTIONS: JOEY LEACH (ankle) and STEELE BOOMER (ankle) will both be out of the KOOTENAY line up four to six weeks …MATT FRASER (head) and LUKE PAULSEN (head) will both be out of the ICE line up day to day…KOOTENAY has called up Goaltender MACKENZIE SKAPSKI (June 6, 1994) of the RIDGE MEADOW FLAMES – PIJHL (20-927-4.27-1-.894) and Forward LEVI CABLE (August 31, 1994) of the YORKTON HARVEST – SMAAAHL (34-23-22-45-20) for the next five games.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 48 games of the 2009-2010 season the ICE were 30-15-1-2, after 49 games 30-16-1-2 and after 50 games 30-16-2-2.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday January 25 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Wednesday January 26 ICE vs. Brandon 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Thursday January 27 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Friday January 28 ICE @ Lethbridge 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday January 29 ICE vs. Lethbridge 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)




WEEK IN REVIEW:

Tuesday, January 18 – Kootenay 4 vs. Edmonton 3 – Record 30-13-1-2 – Attendance: 2,188
Goals:
1 – Ismond (10) from King and Pearce
2 – Fraser (21) from Czerwonka and Rintoul
3 – Hurley (3) from Czerwonka and Fraser
4 – McNabb (10) from Ismond and King
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (28 Saves, 3 GA)

Friday, January 21 – Kootenay 2 @ Spokane 5 – Record 30-14-1-2 – Attendance: 5,523
Goals:
1 – Reinhart (25) from Dirk and McNabb
2 – Eakin (19) from McNabb
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (30 Saves, 2 GA)

Sunday, January 23 – Kootenay 4 vs. Red Deer 6 – Record 30-15-1-2 – Attendance: 2,373
Goals:
1 – McNabb (11) from Reinhart
2 – Dirk (5) from Reinhart and Pearce
3 – King (21) from Eakin and Ismond
4 – Eakin (20) from Rintoul and McNabb
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (26 Saves, 6 GA)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Red Deer 6 Kootenay 4 Game #48

Cranbrook, BC – Red Deer forward John Persson scored 3 goals and Andrej Kudrna had 2 goals and 3 assists in a 6-4 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Sunday night.

ICE opened the scoring as Max Reinhart’s backhand shot was stopped by the goalies’ shoulder and the rebound was in the crease and defenseman Brayden Mcnabb was there to push it across the line.
Rebels got a powerplay and tied the game as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fed John Persson at the back door and he scored with a quick shot.
ICE regained the lead 2-1 as Jagger Dirk bounced one in from the top of the circle that seem to suprise the goalie.

Rebels tied the game late in the 2nd period on a powerplay as the point shot that missed the net came out the other side to Andrej Kudrna who had time to tuck the puck around the post.

Rebels took a 3-2 lead on a 2-man advantage powerplay as John Persson received another back door pass from Ryan Nugent Nugent-Hopkins.
On another powerplay the Rebels took a 4-2 lead as Andrek Kudrna scored from the corner that beat the goalie high on the glove side.
ICE got back within a goal on a 3-on-2 break as Kevin King was left alone in front of the net and scored on wrist shot high on the stick side.
John Persson completed the hat-trick with a long wrist shot from the top of the slot.
ICE pulled their goalie and got back within a goal again as Cody Eakin stepped into a one-time shot from the top of the right circle that beat the screened goalie.
Rebels ended the scoring as Brett Ferguson scored into an empty net.

Rebels came into the game on a 7-game winning streak and had outscored the opposition 31-6 during the streak.

Red Deer is in 1st place in the Central Division and Kootenay is 2nd.

ICE will host Brandon on Wednesday.

ICE Scratches – Luke Paulsen (head day-to-day), Joey Leach (ankle 6-8 weeks), Steele Boomer (ankle 4-6 weeks), Matt Fraser (head day-to-day).
Leach, a draft pick of the Flames, is in Calgary and will have an operation this week to have a broken bone removed in his ankle.
Paulsen could play as early as Wednesday.
Fraser could play by next weekend.

Game Summary
Red Deer 32-12-1-4 Kootenay 30-15-1-2

1st Period
1. Kootenay, McNabb 11 (Reinhart) :30
2. Red Deer, Persson 19 (Nugent-Hopkins, Kudrna) 1:33 pp
3. Kootenay, Dirk 5 (Reinhart, Pearce) 12:36
Penalties – Reinhart Ktn (interference) 1:06, Kambeitz RD Hurley Ktn (roughing) 2:11, Weller RD (fighting) Montgomery Ktn (boarding, fighting) 8:08, Dumba RD (interefence) 15:59, Antilla Ktn (tripping) 18:16.
2nd Period
4. Red Deer, Kudrna 20 (Petrovic, Nugent-Hopkins) 18:42 pp
Penalties – Cowen RD (double roughing) Czerwonka Ktn (roughing) 3:17, Ferguson RD (tripping) Petrovic RD (roughing) McNabb Ktn (roughing) 9:18, Archer RD (slashing) 10:32, Rintoul Ktn (tripping) 11:36, Bench RD (too many men) 12:45, Bench Ktn (too many men) 14:43, McNabb Ktn (boarding) 16:46.
3rd Period
5. Red Deer, Persson (2) 20 (Nugent-Hopkins, Elson) 4:03 5-on-3 pp
6, Red Deer, Kudrna (2) 21 (Nugent-Hopkins, Petrovic) 7:41 pp
7. Kootenay, King 21 (Ismond, Eakin) 10:25
8. Red Deer, Persson (3) 21 (Kudrna) 17:29
9. Kootenay, Eakin 20 (Rintoul, McNabb) 18:47
10. Red Deer, Ferguson 14 (Petrovic 19:12 en
Penalties – Hurley Ktn (hooking) 2:29, Elson RD (fightinging) Eakin Ktn (goalie interference) Czerwonka Ktn (fighting) 3:51, Bench Ktn (too many men) 6:10, Deagle RD (tripping) 11:42,
Shots on goal by
Red Deer – 16 - 9 – 8 = 33
Kootenay – 17 – 14 – 9 = 40
Goal (shots-saves) – Red Deer: Darcy Kuemper (W 31-8-1-2) (40-36) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (L 21-12-1-1) (32-27)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Red Deer: 4/10 Kootenay: 0/6
Referees – Trevor Hansen, Jeff Ingram
Linesmen – Bobby Bedingfield, Aidan Henderson
Attendance – 2,373

ICE Trivia Game #48

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Which current members of the ICE have played in the Top Prospects Game?

ANSWER – Nathan Lieuwn, Brayden McNabb and Cody Eakin all played in the 2009 Top Prospects game.

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Red Deer @ Kootenay Game #48

The Kootenay ICE will host the Red Deer Rebels tonight in their 7th meeting of the season.
Rebels lead the season series 4-2 with the last meeting January 8th when the Rebels won 6-1.
ICE are coming off a 5-2 loss in Spokane on Friday.
Rebels have won 7 in a row and beat Moose Jaw 3-0 last night.
Dracy Kuemper has a league leading 30 wins, 9 shutouts and is 1st in GAA and save %.
6 of the 7 Rebels wins have come on the road.
Rebels are 4 points ahead of the ICE for 1st place in the Central Division and 2nd in the East Conference.
While the Rebels have no injuries the ICE will be at least 2 players short of a complete line-up with Luke Paulsen, Joey Leach, Steele Boomer and Matt Fraser unavailable.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 25 Max Reinhart
Assists - 27 Matt Fraser, Kevin King, Brayden McNabb
Points - 48 Max Reinhart, Matt Fraser
Defenseman - 38 Brayden McNabb
Rookie - 8 Adam Rossignol
+/- - +19 Max Reinhart
PM - 80 Matt Fraser

Rebels
Goals - 22 Byron Froese
Assists - 43 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Points - 56 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Defenseman - 36 Alexander Petrovic
Rookie - 19 Matthew Dumba
+/- - +24 Colin Archer
PM - 95 Alexander Petrovic

Head to Head
ICE
Matt Fraser 4-3-7
Max Reinhart 1-5-6
James Martin 3-1-4
Drew Czerwonka 2-2-4
Nathan Lieuwen 2-3-0 3.61 .871%

Rebels
Brett Ferguson 4-5-9
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 3-3-6
Josh Cowen 2-2-4
Turner Elson 2-2-4
Darcy Kuemper 4-2-0 2.17 .919% 1 SO

Saturday, January 22, 2011

ICE Add 2

Next week the ICE will have 2 prospects joining the team.
Goalie Mackenzie Skapski (PIJHL Ridge Meadows 19 GP 6-9-0 4.26 .896% 1 SO) and forward Levi Cable (Sask AAA Midget Yorkton 34 GP 23-22-45 20pm) will be in Cranbrook early next week.
Because of injuries, Cable should suit-up for a few games.
Skapski is expected to get a start in one of the games next weekend.

Leach, a draft pick by the Flames, will go to Calgary next week to have surgery on the ankle to remove a broken bone. Recovery time should be at least 4 weeks.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Spokane 5 Kootenay 2 Game #47

Spokane, Wash – The Spokane Chiefs beat the Kootenay ICE 5-2 in WHL action on Saturday night.

Max Reinhart with his team leading 25th and Cody Eakin with his 1st with the ICE were the goal scorers.

Brayden McNabb celebrated his 20th birthday today.
Cody Eakin played in his 1st game with the ICE.

The ICE will host Red Deer on Sunday.

ICE Scratches – Luke Paulsen (head 1 week), Joey Leach (ankle 6-8 weeks), Steele Boomer (ankle 4-6 weeks), Matt Fraser (head 1 week).

Game Summary
Spokane 29-11-3-2 Kootenay 30-14-1-2

Kootenay 0 1 1 - 2
Spokane 1 1 3 - 5

1st Period-1, Spokane, Uher 13 (Johnson), 19:12. Penalties-Holmberg Spo (holding), 8:45; McNabb Ktn (tripping), 9:40; Gal Spo (boarding), 9:45; Vandane Spo (hooking), 19:38.

2nd Period-2, Kootenay, Reinhart 25 (Dirk, McNabb), 7:12 (PP). 3, Spokane, Koper 22 (Cowen, Johnson), 11:47 (PP). Penalties-Baldwin Spo (holding), 4:19; Cowen Spo (high sticking), 5:39; Montgomery Ktn (elbowing), 8:46; Antilla Ktn (roughing, cross checking), 11:25; Bardaro Spo (holding), 11:25; Johnson Spo (interference), 13:29; King Ktn (tripping), 13:35.

3rd Period-4, Kootenay, Eakin 19 0:46. 5, Spokane, Uher 14 (Kuhn), 6:57 (PP). 6, Spokane, Johnson 35 (Kichton, Uher), 16:20 (PP). 7, Spokane, Kuhn 13 19:00 (EN). Penalties-Antilla Ktn (high sticking), 5:38; King Ktn (tripping), 15:00; Johnson Spo (tripping), 18:07.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 4-14-4-22. Spokane 7-11-7-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 1 / 7; Spokane 3 / 5.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 21-11-1-1 (24 shots-20 saves). Spokane, Reid 29-8-2-1 (22 shots-20 saves).
A-5,523
Referees-Trent Knorr (42), Colby Smith (57).
Linesmen-Chris Carlson (92), Jim Maniago (85).

ICE Trivia Game #47

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Nathan Lieuwen is the 5th ICE goalie to play 100 games for the team, who are the other 4?

ANSWER – Jeff Glass, Taylor Dakers, Kris Lazaruk and Dan Blackburn.

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Kootenay @ Spokane Game #47


The Kootenay ICE are in Spokane tonight.
It's the 4th meeting of the season and the home team has won every game and the ICE lead the season series 2-1.
The ICE are coming off a 4-3 win over Edmonton on Tuesday and are tied with Red Deer for 1st in the Central Division and 2nd in the East Conference.
Spokane has won 10 of their last 11 games and are tied with Portland for 1st in the U.S. Division and in the West Conference.
While Cody Eakin will make his ICE debut, injuries to Luke Paulsen, Joey Leach, Matt Fraser and Steele Boomer will leave the club 2 players short of a complete line-up.

Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 7:30 on The Drive.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 24 Max Reinhart
Assists - 27 Matt Fraser, Kevin King
Points - 48 Matt Fraser
PM - 80 Matt Fraser
Defenseman - 36 Brayden McNabb
Rookie - 8 Adam Rossignol
+/- - +21 Max Reinhart

Chiefs
Goals - 34 Tyler Johnson
Assists - 38 Tyler Johnson
Points - 72 Tyler Johnson
PM - 187 Darren Kramer
Defenseman - 38 Brenden Kitchton
Rookie - 17 Collin Valcourt
+/- - +38 Brenden Kitchton

Head to Head
ICE
Kevin King 4-1-5
Matt Fraser 2-3-5
Max Reinhart 2-3-5
Elgin Pearce 1-3-4
Brayden McNabb 0-4-4

Chiefs
Steve Kuhn 3-3-6
Anthony Bardaro 0-5-5
Tyler Johnson 3-1-4
Blake Gal 2-2-4
Matt Marantz 2-2-4
Dominic Uher 1-3-4

Streaks
Matt Fraser 4 games 3-7-10
Drew Czerwonka 4 games 1-6-7
Elgin Pearce 2 games 1-1-2

Thursday, January 20, 2011

ICE Update


Cody Eakin will make his ICE debut this weekend.
He'll centre one of the top 2 lines.
The ICE will probably still be 2 players short of a complete line-up as Matt Fraser is questionable after being kneed in the head on Tuesday.
Luke Paulsen (head), Joey Leach (ankle 6-8 weeks) and Steele Boomer (ankle 4-6 weeks) are also sidelined.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kootenay 4 Edmonton 3 Game #46

Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE forwards Jesse Ismond and Matt Fraser each had 1 goal and 1 assist in a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings in WHL action on Tuesday night.

ICE opened the scoring as Jesse Ismond broke an 18-game goalless streak while falling down in the high slot and his wrist shot beat the goalie high on the glove side. His last goal was November 27th in Everett.
Late in the period the ICE made it 2-0 as defenseman Hayden Rintoul’s point shot was stopped and Matt Fraser found the big rebound and had an open side to get the goal.

In the 2nd period the ICE scored 2 goals 2:09 apart to make the score 4-0.
Drew Czerwonka’s body check on an Edmonton defenseman created a 3-on-1 break and a pretty passing play left Max Reinhart with an open net for his team leading 24th on a feed from Matt Fraser.
Skating 4-on-4 the ICE went another 3-on-1 break and defenseman Brayden McNabb was near the crease to finish off the play on a perfect feed from Kevin King.
Oil Kings changed goalies as Laurent Brossoit replaced Jon Groenheyde.
Oi Kings scored late in the 2nd period on a 2-on-1 break and Dylan Wruck got the eventual breakaway and scored his team leading 24th.
Matt Fraser left the game in the 2nd period after being taking a knee to the side of the head.

Early in the 3rd period Oil Kings scored on the powerplay as Dylan Wruck had an open net on rebound in front of the net.
Defenseman Griffin Reinhart created a breakaway at the ICE blueline and scored with a wrist shot off the goalies blocker arm.

ICE won the season series 6-0.

The ICE have reached 30 wins for the 13th consecutive season.

Nathan Lieuwen played in his 100th career game.

ICE will visit Spokane on Friday.

The ICE played 2 players short of a complete line-up.
ICE Scratches – Cody Eakin (hand day-to-day), Luke Paulsen (head day to day), Joey Leach (ankle 6-8 weeks), Steele Boomer (ankle 4-6 weeks).

Game Summary
Edmonton 22-21-0-2 Kootenay 30-13-1-2

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Ismond 18 (King, Pearce) 1:11
2. Kooetnay, Fraser 21 (Rintoul, Czerwonka) 18:41
Penalties – Martin Ktn (interference) 7:11, Abney Edm Dirk Ktn (roughing) 8:59, Rintoul Ktn (cross checking) 10:01, Pysyk Edm (boarding) 11:46.
2nd Period
3. Kootenay, Reinhart 24 (Fraser, Czerwonka) 3:11
4. Kootenay, McNabb 10 (King, Ismond) 5:20
5. Edmonton, Wruck 24 (Foster, Hickmott) 18:38
Penalties – Pysyk Edm (interference) 3:32, Lieuwen Ktn (delay of game) 4:44.
3rd Period
6. Edmonton, Wruck (2) (Reinhart, Hickmott) 2:13 pp
7. Edmonton, Reinhart 6 8:21
Penalties – Dirk Ktn (hooking) 1:00, Wilson Edm (hooking) 3:46, Lowe Edm (tripping) 17:29.
Shots on goal by
Edmonton - 9 – 7 – 15 = 31
Kootenay – 14 – 9 - 8 = 31
Goal (shots-saves) – Edmonton: Jon Groenheyde (L 13-12-0-2) (17-13) Laurent Brossoit (5:20 second) (14-14) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 21-10-1-1) (31-28)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Edmonton: 1/4 Kootenay: 0/4
Referee – Sean Raphael
Linesmen – Steve Cochrane, Sean Donnelly
Attendance – 2,188

ICE Trivia Game #46

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

The ICE recentley had a streak of 13 straight games with a power-play goal. What is the team record for the longest streak?

ANSWER – 21 games in 2006-07.

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Edmonton @ Kootenay Game #46

The Kootenay ICE will host Edmonton tonight in the 6th and final meeting of the season.
ICE lead the season series 5-0 with the last meeting last week in Edmonton where the ICE scored 4 3rd period goals in a come from behind 5-2 win.
Going back to last season the ICE have won 11 games in a row over Edmonton.
The ICE are coming off the 11-2 outdoor loss in Spokane on Saturday and have dropped to 3rd place in the East Conference.
The Oil Kings will be playing their 4th road game in 5 days and won 2 of the 3 games on the weekend. They're in 7th in the Conference.
Cody Eakin (hand) won't play but is expected to make his ICE debut on the weekend.
Joey Leach (ankle 6-8 weeks), Luke Paulsen (head day to day) and Steele Boomer (ankle 4-6 weeks) are injured and the ICE will be 2 players short of a complete lineup.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 23 Max Reinhart
Assists - 26 Matt Fraser, Brayden McNabb
Points - 46 Max Reinhart, Matt Fraser
PM - 80 Matt Fraser
Defenseman - 35 Brayden McNabb
Rookie - 8 Adam Rossignol
+/- - +20 Max Reinhart

Oil Kings
Goals - 23 Dylan Wruck
Assists - 31 Michael St. Croix
Points - 52 Michael St. Croix
PM - 88 Adrian Van de Mosselaer
Defenseman - 20 Griffin Reinhart
Rookie - 20 Griffin Reinhart (28 Josh Lazowski injured for the season)
+/- - +23 Michael St. Croix

Head to Head
ICE
Max Reinhart 3-3-6
Matt Fraser 2-3-5
Drew Czerwonka 1-2-3
James Martin 1-2-3
Luke Paulsen 1-2-3
Joe Antilla 0-3-3
Nathan Lieuwen 4-0-0 1.71 .941%
Brett Teskey 1-0-0 0.00 1.000% 1 SO

Oil Kings
Dylan Wruck 2-3-5
Josh Lazowski 1-2-3
T.J. Foster 2-0-2
Jon Groenheyde 0-2-0 3.58 .887%
Laurent Brossoit 0-1 1.03 .971%

Streaks
Matt Fraser 3 games 2-6-8
Drew Czerwonka 3 games 1-4-5
Joe Antilla 2 games 2-0-2

Monday, January 17, 2011

ICE Injury Update

The ICE suffered some major injuries at the outdoor game.
Joey Leach will be out six to eight weeks with an ankle injury.
Steele Boomer will be out four to six weeks with an ankle injury.
Luke Paulsen is day to day with a head injury.
Cody Eakin is expected to return from his hand injury on the weekend.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Outdoor Thoughts

The Kootenay ICE were involved in history on Saturday as they played in Spokane in the 1st ever WHL Outdoor Game.
The ICE will remember it for all the wrong reasons as they lost 11-2.
Elgin Pearce and Joe Antilla had the ICE goals.

It seemed like the ICE were trying to enjoy the novelty of the Outdoor Game and still try to treat it like a regular game. Before the game was 13 minutes old they were down 4-0.

It's debatable how much the Chiefs benefited from having a practice on the outdoor rink on Thursday. You have to think the ICE would have been more prepared with at least 1 practice. Especially the goalies who seem to struggle to see the puck and how to play their angles.
How strange was it to see the players with eye black?
How much were the Chiefs distracted during Friday's game in Cranbrook knowing what was happening on Saturday?

The 9-goal margin was the 2nd worst for the club since they moved to Cranbrook. On March 12th 1999 they lost 11-0 in Brandon.

Luke Paulsen left the game after getting elbowed in the head and Joey Leach left the game with a sore foot after blocking a shot.

The ICE did not score a powerplay goal and that ended their streak at 13 consecutive games with a PPG.

My thanx to Spokane's Jay Stewart who all week long made sure my broadcast booth had everything I needed. The former Chiefs play-by-play announcer has been on the office staff since leaving the radio gig and knows what us announcers require.
During the game he kept me up to date with the goals, assists and penalties with hand written notes. He knew the PA announcements were impossible to understand in the radio booth.
Plus he did all this will wearing a Tuxedo.

Also, thanx to our Off The Net feature where I receive emails during the broadcast, I was made aware that the Shaw broadcast was not working.
No one from the WHL or TV staff let me know any details to help with your inquiries.
Again, Jay Stewart found the information I needed and said there was a satellite link problem.
After the broadcast was done, I saw a WHL press release saying it would be re-broadcast later. I felt bad I didn't have the information earlier.
Why wouldn't the TV people think to let us know the information? One Shaw TV person before the game said "Have fun with your broadcast. No one will be listening as this game is on Shaw TV, ha ha ha." I took the comment as a light hearted joke with no ill intent as I'm sure was intended. But, Saturday was a reminder of the power of radio.
Overall a busy weekend as we did over 20 interviews for the 2 games.

During the weekend the teams combined for 21 goals and 12 fights.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Spokane 11 Kootenay 2 Game #45

Kootenay 1 0 1 - 2
Spokane 4 6 1 - 11

1st Period-1, Spokane, Valcourt 5 (Brassart, Bardaro), 4:20. 2, Spokane, Gal 13 (Kuhn, Vandane), 8:28 (PP). 3, Spokane, Kichton 10 (Gal, Marantz), 11:08. 4, Spokane, Vanscourt 4 (Brassart, Marantz), 12:21. 5, Kootenay, Pearce 7 (Fraser, Czerwonka), 19:17. Penalties-Hurley Ktn (major-fighting), 2:24; Kramer Spo (major-fighting), 2:24; Reinhart Ktn (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 6:47; Gow Spo (major-fighting), 6:47; Montgomery Ktn (major-fighting), 8:33; Valcourt Spo (major-fighting), 8:33; Gal Spo (inter. on goaltender), 13:18.

2nd Period-6, Spokane, Gal 14 (Marantz), 1:43. 7, Spokane, Johnson 33 (Koper), 5:27. 8, Spokane, Uher 11 (Johnson, Kichton), 8:16 (PP). 9, Spokane, Vanscourt 5 (Kuhn), 8:44 (PP). 10, Spokane, Kuhn 12 11:02. 11, Spokane, Cowen 9 (Valcourt, Bardaro), 13:08. Penalties-McNabb Ktn (holding), 7:04; Fraser Ktn (slashing), 7:50; Ismond Ktn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 10:04; Vanscourt Spo (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 10:04; Baldwin Spo (major-fighting), 14:06; Czerwonka Ktn (10-minute misconduct), 14:26; Fraser Ktn (unsportsmanlike cnd., major-fighting, game misconduct), 14:26.

3rd Period-12, Kootenay, Antilla 13 (Rossignol, Hurley), 1:18. 13, Spokane, Marantz 10 (Brassart, Bardaro), 17:07. Penalties-Gow Spo (holding), 6:15; Boomer Ktn (hooking), 11:51; Kramer Spo (roughing, unsportsmanlike cnd., game misconduct), 17:57.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 15-9-8-32. Spokane 10-9-15-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 0 / 4; Spokane 3 / 5.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 20-10-1-1 (11 shots-6 saves); Teskey 8-2-0-0 (23 shots-17 saves). Spokane, Reid 26-8-2-1 (24 shots-23 saves); Engel 0-3-1-1 (8 shots-7 saves).
A-7,075
Referees-Pat Smith (12), Nathan Wieler (18).
Linesmen-Jeremi Del Campo (44), Jason Michelbook (112).

ICE Trivia Game #45

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

When did the NHL have it’s 1st Outdoor Game?

ANSWER – November 23, 2003. Montreal 4 Edmonton 3 at Commonwealth Stadium with attendance over 57,000.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Kootenay @ Spokane Game #45

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Kootenay 6 Spokane 2 Game #44

Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE forwards Matt Fraser and Max Reinhart each had 1 goal and 2 assists, while defenseman Brayden McNabb had 3 assists in 6-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs in WHL action on Friday night.

The game was delayed by close to an hour with the late arrival of the Spokane Chiefs because of bad road conditions.

ICE set a Franchise Record for fastest 2 goals scored by 2 different ICE players in scoring 2 goals 11-seconds apart. (April 2, 2000 Jason Jaffray and Brad Tutschek in Red Deer)
ICE defenseman Brayden McNabb at the left point did a slap pass to the bottom right circle and Joe Antilla had a wide open net on a one time shot.
Off the next faceoff ICE forward Matt Fraser stepped into a slap shot at the blue and the big rebound was found by Max Reinhart who got his team leading 23rd of the season.
Spokane’s Tyler Johnson hit the offensive zone on a 2-on-1 break and scored with a wrist shot high on the glove side. Johnson leads the WHL with 32 goals.

In the 2nd period the ICE scored on a 2-man advantage as Kevin King got a loose puck near the top of the crease and chipped it into the empty net.
2 1/2 minutes later Kevin King received a slap pass from Brayden McNabb as scored on a one-time shot.
King has reached the 20-goal mark for the 3rd time in his career.
Spokane replied on the powerplay as Steve Kuhn pounced on a free puck in the crease and chipped it in.

In the 3rd period the ICE made the scored 5-2 on the powerplay as Matt Fraser went in on a breakaway and scored on a backhand deke.
The ICE scored their 3rd powerplay goal as Joey Leach’s high point shot was deflected by Steele Boomer.

The game had 8 goals and 8 fights.

The ICE will visit Spokane on Saturday afternoon in the 1st ever WHL Outdoor Game.
The Chiefs had a practice at the rink/baseball field on Thursday and Friday night there was a community skate.

ICE Scratches – Cody Eakin (hand 1 week), John Neibrandt.

Game Summary
Spokane 25-11-3-2 Kootenay 29-12-1-2

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Antilla 12 (McNabb, Paulsen) 5:38
2. Kootenay, Reinhart 23 (Fraser, Czerwonka) 5:49
3. Spokane, Johnson 32 (Uher) 9:00
Penalties – Montgomery Ktn (interference) 9:57, Martin Ktn (boarding) 13:39, Uher Spok Leach Ktn (fighting) 15:33.
2nd Period
4. Kootenay, King 19 (Reinhart, Fraser) 2:22 5-on-3 pp
5. Kootenay, King (2) 20 (McNabb, Reinhart) 4:55
6. Spokane, Kuhn 11 (Gal, Uher) 10:52 pp
Penalties – Kramer Spok (instigator, fighting, misconduct) Martin Ktn (fighting) :39, Kitchton Spok (hooking) 1:02, Brassart Spok (fighting) Rintoul Ktn (instigator, fighting, misconduct) 9:14, Ismond Ktn (charging) 13:41.
3rd Period
7. Kootenay, Fraser 20 (Czerwonka, McNabb) 2:44 pp
8. Kootenay, Boomer 9 (Leach, Martin) 8:24 pp
Penalties – Cowen Spok (double high sticking) 2:04, Valcourt Spok McNabb (fighting) 5:31, Cowen Spok Czerwonka Ktn (fighting) 5:32, Aviani Spok Hurlery Ktn (fighting) 6:02, Vanscourt Spok (roughing,unsportsmanlike) 7:30, Kramer Spok (fighting) Pearce Ktn (instigator, fighting, misconduct) 12:28, Ismond Ktn (roughing) 14:09, Uher Spok Hurlery Ktn (fighting) 14:38.
Shots on goal by
Spokane - 12 - 9 – 11 = 32
Kootenay - 9 – 16 - 7 = 32
Goal (shots-saves) – Spokane: James Reid (L 25-8-2-1) (32-26) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (W 20-9-1-1) (32-30)
Power plays (goals-chances) - Spokane: 1/6 Kootenay: 3/5
Referees – Tyler Adair, Ryan Bonnett
Linesmen – Aidan Henderson, Michael Roberts
Attendance – 2,535

ICE Trivia Game #44

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

How many times have the ICE and Chiefs met in the playoffs?

ANSWER – Once, 2000 League Final, the ICE won 4-games-to-2.

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Spokane @ Kootenay Game #44

***Game Delayed***

There was an accident on the highway near Moyie and the Spokane Chiefs bus had to wait to get through, so tonight's game will have a later start time.
Opening face-off will be around 7:50.

The Kootenay ICE will host Spokane tonight in their 2nd meeting of the
season.
On October 1st the ICE won 6-3.
It's the 1st half of a home-and-home with the rematch tomorrow afternoon in Spokane in the 1st ever WHL Outdoor Game.
ICE are 2nd in the East Conference and the Chiefs are 3rd in the West Conference.
ICE have won 4 of their last 5 games.
Steele Boomer is expected to play after missing 3 games to a hip injury.
Cody Eakin's debut with the ICE is a week away as he recovers from a hand injury.
Chiefs are 13-1-1 in their last 15 games.
Spokane's Tyler Johnson leads the WHL with 31 goals and is 3rd with 64 points.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 22 Max Reinhart
Assists - 25 Kevin King
Points - 43 Kevin King, Max Reinhart
PM - 71 Matt Fraser
Defenseman - 32 Brayden McNabb
Rookie - 7 Adam Rossignol
+/- - +19 Max Reinhart

Chiefs
Goals - 31 Tyler Johnson
Assists - 33 Tyler Johnson
Points - 64 Tyler Johnson
PM - 162 Darren Kramer
Defenseman - 40 Brenden Kitchton
Rookie - 14 Collin Valcourt
+/- - +28 Brenden Kitchton

Head to Head
ICE
Kevin King 2-1-3
Elgin Pearce 0-3-3
James Martin 1-1-2
Max Reinhart 1-1-2
Matt Fraser 1-0-1
Brock Montgomery 1-0-1

Chiefs
Mitch Holmberg 1-0-1
Tyler Johnson 1-0-1
Steve Kuhn 1-0-1

Thursday, January 13, 2011

WHL Outdoor Game Update

The first outdoor game in Western Hockey League history is just around the corner as the Spokane Chiefs get ready to host the Kootenay Ice for the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic at Avista Stadium in Spokane, WA, on Saturday, January 15th.

Preparations are underway at Avista Stadium, the home of the Spokane Indians baseball Club, for Saturday’s contest, and players from the Chiefs and Ice are beginning to get excited to take part in what will be an historic event for the WHL and the two Clubs.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Chiefs’ veteran captain Tyler Johnson. “Watching (the rink) get built at the stadium, you get the jitters thinking about getting out there on Saturday.

“Our whole team is pretty excited,” he said.

Staging the first-ever outdoor WHL game is an historic moment for the Spokane Chiefs and the Spokane community. Chiefs’ general manager Tim Speltz says the buzz in the Spokane community is growing as work continues in preparation for Saturday’s game.

“It’s been a really exciting process, and it’s been everything we’ve hoped for,” said Speltz, who has put together two Memorial Cup Championship teams in his time in Spokane. “We’ve had great support and interest from the community, and we’ve had great support from the media.

“This event means a lot to the Spokane Chiefs hockey club, and it’s going to be really great for our fans and everyone in the Spokane community,” he said.

Adding to the excitement is the fact that Saturday’s contest features two of the WHL’s top teams in Spokane and Kootenay.

The Chiefs are the highest scoring team in the WHL, and currently find themselves among the top teams in the Western Conference, while the perennially-strong Ice find themselves among the Eastern Conference’s elite. Saturday’s meeting will be the second of back-to-back encounters between the teams after they meet up in Cranbrook, B.C., on Friday night.

“All the boys are pretty excited to play in the first outdoor game in the WHL,” said veteran Kootenay defenseman Brayden McNabb. “Spokane has a really good team this season, and we are looking forward to seeing how we stack up against them.

“At this point in the season, points matter a lot in the standings, and there are two points available from this game, too,” he added.

Playing the game in the open-aired Avista Stadium, both teams know they should be prepared for anything Mother Nature can throw at them.

One only has to look at the history of outdoor games in the NHL to see the role that weather plays in the whole experience. From bitter cold to heavy snow to rain, as was seen at this year’s Heritage Classic in Pittsburgh, the players all know they have to be ready to deal with conditions they would never face in an arena.

“We’ve heard a lot of different forecasts for what the weather is going to be like,” said Johnson. “I’ve heard we can expect anything from snow to thunderstorms to windy conditions to calm conditions.

“Both teams will have to face the same conditions, so there won’t be any advantage or disadvantage for either team,” he said.

NOTES: Saturday’s Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic is the first of two outdoor WHL games on the schedule for this season…The Calgary Hitmen will host the Regina Pats on February 21st at McMahon Stadium…Saturday’s Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic can be seen live throughout western Canada on SHAW and live in Spokane on SWX…FSN Northwest will air the game on tape-delay at 10:00pm PST…The Chiefs are holding an Open Skate for the public at Avista Stadium on Friday prior to Saturday’s game.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kootenay 5 Edmonton 2 Game #43

Edmonton, Alb – The Kootenay ICE scored 4 3rd period goals in a come from behind 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings in WHL action on Wednesday afternoon.

The line combination of Max Reinhart-Drew Czerwonka-Matt Fraser were on the ice for all 5 goals and they combined for 11 points.

Reinhart had 3 goals and 2 assists for his 2nd career 5 point game and his 2nd career hat-trick.
Matt Fraser had 1 goal and 3 assists for his 1st career 4 point game.
It was the 150th career game for Czerwonka.
Reinhart had tied Kevin King with 3 shorthanded goals and has 4 in his career.

It’s the 2nd time the ICE have scored 4 goals in a period.

ICE are now 3-9-0-0 when trailing after 2 periods.

The ICE have scored a powerplay goal in 12 straight games.

Cody Eakin has joined the ICE and is out with a hand injury. He could play this weekend against Spokane.
Steele Boomer is expected to return on Friday.

ICE will host Spokane on Friday.

ICE Scratches – Cody Eakin (hand day-to-day), Steele Boomer (3rd game leg day-to-day).

Game Summary
Edmonton 20-19-0-2 Kootenay 28-12-1-2

Kootenay 0 1 4 - 5
Edmonton 0 2 0 - 2

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Montgomery Ktn (roughing), 0:42; Piluso Edm (roughing), 0:42; St. Croix Edm (high sticking), 11:39; Czerwonka Ktn (roughing), 13:41; Lowe Edm (roughing), 13:41; Hickmott Edm (slashing), 14:13; McNabb Ktn (tripping), 18:07.

2nd Period-1, Kootenay, Reinhart 20 (Fraser, Czerwonka), 8:00. 2, Edmonton, Wruck 21 (Reners, Lowe), 8:10. 3, Edmonton, Foster 14 (St. Croix), 15:35. Penalties-Hurley Ktn (tripping), 3:23; Montgomery Ktn (roughing), 8:56; Rintoul Ktn (slashing), 8:56; Abney Edm (roughing), 8:56; Ewanyk Edm (slashing), 8:56; Piluso Edm (roughing), 8:56; McNabb Ktn (slashing), 9:05; King Ktn (hooking), 14:25; Ewanyk Edm (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 14:25.

3rd Period-4, Kootenay, Reinhart 21 (Leach, Reinhart), 3:26. 5, Kootenay, Czerwonka 11 (Fraser, Reinhart), 5:01 (PP). 6, Kootenay, Fraser 19 (Reinhart), 16:48. 7, Kootenay, Reinhart 22 (Fraser) 17:52 (SH). Penalties-Van de Mosselaer Edm (hooking), 4:21; Laroque Edm (hooking), 8:00; Ismond Ktn (roughing), 17:22; Martin Ktn (holding), 17:22; Wruck Edm (cross checking), 17:22.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 14-11-12-37. Edmonton 9-21-8-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 1 / 5; Edmonton 0 / 5.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 19-9-1-1 (38 shots-36 saves). Edmonton, Groenheyde 12-11-0-2 (37 shots-32 saves).
A-7,066
Referees-Sean Raphael (28), Jon Stephenson (38).
Linesmen-Scott Fulmer (32), Dustin Zelenak (83).

ICE Trivia Game #43

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

On December 4th 2001 who were players involved in the trade between Kootenay & Swift Current?

ANSWER – Kootenay acquired BJ Boxma, Duncan Milroy & 2004 5th round Bantam pick from Swift Current for Jason Jaffray, Jeff Harvey, Aaron Rome & 2002 1st round Bantam pick.

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Kootenay @ Edmonton Game #43

The Kootenay ICE are in Edmonton in a game that starts at 11:30 this morning.
ICE lead the season series 4-0 but every game has been a 1-goal game in the 3rd period.
ICE are 2nd in the Conference and Edmonton is 7th.
Newly added Cody Eakin will not play to a hand injury and Steele Boomer is questionable with a hip injury.
Last year the ICE played in a morning/afternoon game in Edmonton and won 4-2 with a hat-trick from Jesse Ismond.

Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 11 on The Drive.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 19 Max Reinhart
Assists - 25 Kevin King
Points - 43 Kevin King
Defenseman - 32 Brayden McNabb
PM - 71 Matt Fraser
+/- - +16 Joe Antilla

Oil Kings
Goals - 21 Michael St.Croix
Assists - 29 Michael St.Croix
Points - 50 Michael St.Croix
Defenseman - 19 Griffin Reinhart
PM - 81 Travis Ewanyk
+/- - +22 Michael St.Croix

Head to Head
ICE
Luke Paulsen 1-2-3
Joe Antilla 0-3-3
James Martin 1-1-2
Jesse Ismond 1-1-2
Jagger Dirk 1-1-2
Brett Teskey 1-0 0.00 1.000%
Nathan Lieuwen 3-0 1.62 .938%

Oil Kings
Dylan Wruck 1-3-4
Josh Lazowski 1-1-2
Griffin Reinhart 0-2-2
Laurent Brossoit 0-1 1.03 .971%
Jon Groenheyde 0-1 2.04 .920%

WHL Outdoor Rules

1. Once the game has begun, at the discretion of the WHL, it may be subject to one or more temporary stoppages due to unplayable conditions.

2. The period and game format may be reconfigured to accommodate temporary stoppages as determined appropriate by the WHL.

3. If wind is a factor at ice level, the WHL will notify the Clubs prior to the third period that the period will be played in two equal halves. The score clock will be set to 10:00 and play will continue until the buzzer reaches 0:00. The Clubs will then change ends and another 10:00 period will be played. This identical procedure will also take place at the 2:30 minute mark of the overtime period, if it is required.

4. In the event of a shoot-out, each Club will determine the end they prefer to defend, which could be the same end.

5. If the game is started, and then stopped permanently due to unplayable conditions, it will be deemed "official" once two periods have been played. The Club leading at the time play is stopped will be declared the winner and will be awarded two points in the standings.

6. If the game is tied at the time play is stopped permanently, and after two periods have been played, each Club will be awarded one point in the standings. If conditions permit, a shoot-out will be immediately held, with the winning Club earning the additional point.

If conditions make it impossible to conduct a shoot-out safely, the shoot-out will take place prior to the next regularly scheduled game between the two Clubs, which is on Friday, January 21 at Spokane.

7. If the game is started, and then stopped permanently due to unplayable conditions, and fewer than two complete periods of regular time have been played, the game will be officially "postponed" with the make-up date later in the season to be determined by the two Clubs and approved by the WHL.

8. Should any unforeseen circumstances arise; the WHL will discuss the matter with the General Managers of the respective Clubs. The WHL will be empowered to make a binding decision, if necessary.

Monday, January 10, 2011

ICE Done

Trade deadline has passed and the ICE did not make any more deals.

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 27-12-1-2 record (14-4-1-1 at home, 13-8-0-1 on the road, 0-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootouts) and in second place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE and tied for second in the WHL…KOOTENAY was ranked ninth in the BMO CHL MASTERCARD TOP 10 RANKINGS for the week of January 3…The ICE will play three of their next five games at home.

DINNER AND A GAME: The KOOTENAY ICE along with COYOTE JACK’S GRILL have announced that fans can now purchase a restaurant seat and a meal for $25.00 for any remaining regular season home game…The meal will be off of a special COYOTE JACK’S GRILL menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, nachos and more…Limited seating is available and tickets can be purchased at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.

ROCKSTAR OUTDOOR HOCKEY CLASSIC: Tickets are still available for the ROCKSTAR OUTDOOR HOCKEY CLASSIC in SPOKANE this Saturday…Fans can get their tickets to cheer on the ICE by calling 509-535-7825…The game will be held at the AVISTA STADIUM at 2:00 pm (MST).

DID YOU KNOW: The ICE have recorded a season high 11 straight games with a power play goal (franchise record is 21 straight games set in 2006-2007)…KOOTENAY is fifth in the League in overall penalty killing (83.8%)…MAX REINHART is tied for fourth in the League in game winning goals with five…NATHAN LIEUWEN is seventh in the WHL in goals against average (2.74)…BRAYDEN MCNABB needs two more assists to reach 100 in his WHL career…KEVIN KING, who leads the team in points on the road (7-16-23), needs seven more points to reach 200 in his WHL career.

INJURY / TRANSACTION: STEELE BOOMER will be out of the KOOTENAY line up day to day with a hip injury…The ICE have acquired 19-year-old Forward CODY EAKIN in exchange for 18-year-old Forward CHRISTIAN MAGNUS and prospects RYAN BLOOM (1993 Forward – Drumheller Dragons – AJHL), JARETT ZENTNER (1993 Forward – Calgary Mustangs – AJHL), COLBY CAVE (1994 Forward – Battleford Stars – SMAAAHL) and STEVEN MYLAND (1994 Goaltender – Valley West Hawks – BCMMHL) along with a first and second round draft pick in the 2011 WHL BANTAM DRAFT and a third round pick in the 2012 WHL BANTAM DRAFT.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 42 games of the 2009-2010 season the ICE were 24-15-1-2, after 43 games 25-15-1-2 and after 44 games 26-15-1-2.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday January 11 Practice 10:30 – 12:00 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Wednesday January 12 ICE @ Edmonton 11:30 am (102.9 FM – The Drive) (Shaw-TV)
Thursday January 13 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Friday January 14 ICE vs. Spokane 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday January 15 ICE @ Spokane 2:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Friday, January 7 – Kootenay 3 vs. Moose Jaw 1 – Record 27-11-1-2 – Attendance: 2,399
Goals:
1 – Paulsen (3) from Ismond and Antilla
2 – King (18) from Antilla
3 – Fraser (18) from Ismond and Czerwonka
Goalie: Brett Teskey (24 Saves, 1 GA)

Saturday, January 8 – Kootenay 1 vs. Red Deer 6 – Record 27-12-1-2 – Attendance: 2,542
Goal:
1 – Martin (7) from Leach and Montgomery
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (13 Saves, 6 GA)

Spokane Outdoor Rink

The boards are up and the ice is in.

http://www.websharelive.com/channel/rohc

ICE Trade A Closer Look

The ICE have created a buzz in what has turned out to be an 8-for-1 trade to acquire Cody Eakin.
As we have talked about in our recent broadcasts, the ICE had the chips to play to make a deal like this and not hurt the club in the near or long future.
With 18 returning players they had room for only 4 rookies this season (1 18-year-old and 3 17-year-olds).
Usually the ICE have 6-8 rookies and this year there were 4-5 players who looked good enough to earn a spot in the WHL.
The ICE had 11 picks in the 1st 7 rounds of the 2010 Bantam Draft and there are many solid prospects.
Even after yesterday's trade the ICE have 8 picks in the 1st 6 rounds of the 2011 Bantam Draft.

Having watched everyday of training camp, following the Prospects stats and talking with ICE scouts throughout the year, there are lots of solid prospects on the ICE list.

They still have their top 2 goalie prospects (Skapski and Hoflin).
No defenseman prospects were traded. Top prospects include Faith, Hubic and Simpson.
They still have most of their top 10 forward prospects, 5 of which should seriously challenge for a roster spot next season. (Cable, Descheneau, Reinhart, Iron, Philp)

Plus the ICE can also select 1-2 Import players.

That's a total of 10-12 potenial new players ready to play in the WHL.

As of now the ICE have 3 over-agers and 7 19 year-olds so there will be at least 7 roster openings next year.

The ICE gave a great package of players to the Broncos and that will help them be a solid franchise for years to come.
Too much? Probably, but their recent history of stock piling picks gave them the luxury of going forward with the deal.

Imagine how hard it was for Swift Current to make the trade. It's like if the ICE traded Nigel Dawes in 2005.

2 years ago when the ICE traded Negrin and Stickland to the Broncos they received Magnus, Martin, 2nd round pick (Tanner Faith) and 4th round pick (Cole DePape). At the time many though the Broncos gave up too much.

Yes the ICE gave up a lot but Eakin is a world class player who wants to play for Kootenay and wants to win a WHL Championship.

CSS Mid Term Ranking

The NHL Central Scouting Service has released their Mid Term rankings.
No Kootenay ICE players are on the list.
Defenseman Michael King is rated 133rd in the North American Skaters rankings. He was selected by the ICE in the 3rd round of the 2008 Bantam Draft. He plays for BCHL Westside and is committed to Colorado College.

Cranbrook native Sam Mellor is 147th and plays for BCHL Trail.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cody Eakin Interview

Newly acquired Cody Eakin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRmdk-DQFeQ

Jeff Chynoweth On Eakin Trade

An interview with Kootenay ICE GM Jeff Chynoweth on acquiring Cody Eakin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_cQm_w82_4

Eakin To ICE



Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the club has acquired 19-year-old Forward Cody Eakin from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for 18-year-old Forward Christian Magnus and prospects Ryan Bloom (1993 Forward- Drumheller Dragons – AJHL), Jarett Zentner (1993 Forward - Calgary Mustangs – AJHL), Colby Cave (1994 Forward - Battleford Stars – SMAAAHL) and Steven Myland (1994 Goaltender - Valley West Hawks – BCMMHL) along with a first and second round draft pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft and a third round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

“This was not an overnight decision and as an organization we have had ongoing discussions on how to improve our Hockey Club to challenge for a WHL Championship this season. We have acquired one of the WHL’s premier offensive players which will add offense to an already balanced team. To get a player the caliber of Cody Eakin you have to give up a lot and we feel we definitely stepped up to the plate and parted with very good players and very high draft picks. We appreciate the quality of the people and players going to Swift Current and we wish them all the best in the future,” added Chynoweth.

Cody Eakin suffered a minor hand injury playing for Team Canada at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, NY and is expected to be out of action one to two weeks.

CODY EAKIN
May 25, 1991 * Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Centre * Shoots: Left * 6’0”, 189 lbs
2009 NHL Draft: 3rd Round, 85th Overall Washington Capitals
YEAR TEAM GP G A TP PIM
2006-07 Swift Current Broncos 3 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Swift Current Broncos 55 11 6 17 52
2008-09 Swift Current Broncos 54 24 24 48 42
2009-10 Swift Current Broncos 70 47 44 91 71
2010-11 Swift Current Broncos 30 18 21 39 24

WHL Trade Deadline

The WHL Trade Deadline is Monday at 3pm.

Edmonton acquired 18-year-old forward Mark Reners from Vancouver for 2012 5th round Bantam pick.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Red Deer 6 Kootenay 1 Game #42

Cranbrook, BC – Red Deer Rebel’s Brett Ferguson had 2 goals and 2 assists in a 6-1 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Saturday night.

Rebels opened the scoring as defenseman Alexander Petrovic wristed a shot high on the stick side of the goalie. The play was not ruled a goal until video replay was used.
Rebels made it 2-0 as Brett Ferguson was alone near the crease and shovelled it through the goalies legs.
The game became 3-0 as Turner Elson stole the puck from the ICE in the corner and fed a wide open Ferguson in the low slot and his shot beat the goalie high on the glove side.

In the 3rd period defenseman Matthew Dumba scored with a wrist shot that beat the goal high on the glove side.
Defenseman Justin Weller made it 5-0 with a shot that went through the goalies’ legs.
ICE scored on the powerplay as James Martin’s point shot spoiled the shutout bid.
Rebels made it 6-1 on a 2-on-1 break as Locke Muller beat the goalie with a high shot.

The start of the game was delayed by 30 minutes because off bad road conditions and the Officials were late in their arrival.

ICE will visit Edmonton on Wednesday.

ICE Scratches – Steele Boomer (2nd game leg day-to-day), John Neibrandt.

Game Summary
Red Deer 25-12-1-4 Kootenay 27-12-1-2

1st Period
1. Red Deer, Petrovic 5 (Archer, Persson) 4:51
2. Red Deer, Ferguson 9 (Dumba) 10:42
3. Red Deer, Ferguson (2) 10 (Elson) 14:43
Penalties – Weller RD (delay of game) 6:28, Pearce Ktn (hooking) 8:12,
2nd Period
No Scoring.
Penalties – Leach Ktn (tripping) :25, Kudrna RD (hooking) 4:13, Petrovic RD (roughing) 6:27, Leach Ktn (tripping) 10:19, Kambeitz RD (high sticking) 18:03.
3rd Period
4. Red Deer, Dumba 10 (Ferguson, Archer) 10:41
5. Red Deer, Weller 4 (Kudrna, Nugent-Hopkins) 15:47
6. Kootenay, Martin 7 (Leach, Montgomery) 16:55 pp
7. Red Deer, Muller 2 (Ferguson) 19:45
Penalties – Ismond Ktn (slashing) 8:39, Rintoul Ktn (cross checking) 11:47, Robinson RD (high sticking) 16:26, Weller RD Dirk Ktn (fighting) 16:48.
Shots on goal by
Red Deer – 7 – 4 – 8 = 19
Kootenay – 8 – 8 – 7 = 23
Goal (shots-saves) – Red Deer: Darcy Kuemper (W 25-8-1-2) (23-22) Kootenay: Nathan Lieuwen (L 18-9-1-1) (19-13)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Red Deer: 0/5 Kootenay: 1/6
Referees – Dan Cowley, Reagan Vetter
Linesmen – Reid Anderson, Jim Maniago
Attendance – 2,542

ICE Trivia Game #42

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

When was the last time the ICE and Rebels finished 1st and 2nd in the Central Division?

ANSWER – 2001-02 Rebels 1st 114pts, ICE 2nd 100pts.

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Red Deer @ Kootenay Game #42

***GAME DELAYED***

Because of bad road conditions the Officials will be late arriving to the Rec-Plex so the game start time has been changed to 7:30.
The Rebels have arrived but there is a delay in waiting for the Officials.

The Kootenay ICE will host the Red Deer Rebels tonight.
This is the 6th meeting with the home team winning every game, the Rebels lead the series 3-2.
ICE have won 5 straight home games after beating Moose Jaw 3-1 last night.
Rebels lost 2-1 in an overtime shootout to Regina last night and have lost 3 games in a row.
ICE are 2nd in the Conference and the Rebels are 3rd.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 19 Max Reinhart
Assists - 25 Kevin King
Points - 43 Kevin King
Defenseman - 32 Brayden McNabb
PM - 71 Matt Fraser
Rookie - 7 Adam Rossignol
+/- - + 16 Kevin King, Joe Antilla

Rebels
Goals - 17 Byron Froese, Andrej Kudrna
Assists - 39 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Points - 49 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Defenseman - 31 Alexander Petrovic
PM - 76 Alexander Petrovic
Rookie - 12 Matthew Dumba
+/- - +15 John Persson

Head to Head
ICE
Matt Fraser 4-3-7
Max Reinhart 1-5-6
Drew Czerwonka 2-2-4
James Martin 2-1-3
Kevin King 1-2-3
Nathan Lieuwen 2-2-0-0 3.01 .900%

Rebels
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 3-2-5
Josh Cowen 2-2-4
Bret Ferguson 2-2-4
Byron Froese 1-3-4
John Persson 1-3-4
Daulton Siwak 1-3-4
Darcy Kuemper 3-2-0-0 2.40 .913% 1SO

Streaks
Kevin King 6 games 3-5-8
Joe Antilla 4 games 1-3-4
Matt Fraser 3 games 4-0-4

Friday, January 7, 2011

Kootenay 3 Moose Jaw 1 Game #41

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE scored 2 1st period goals in a 3-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors in WHL action on Friday night.

ICE opened the scoring on a powerplay as Jesse Ismond fed defenseman Luke Paulsen in the middle slot and scored on on a one-time snap shot.
ICE have powerplay goals in 10 straight games.
ICE added a shorthanded late in the 1st period as Joe Antilla created a turnover and Kevin King fired a slap shot high on the glove side.
King leads the club with 3 shorthanded goals.
It’s the clubs’ 1st shorthanded goal since November 20th when the scored 3 in one period against Prince Albert.

In the 2nd period with the clubs skating 4-on-4 Warriors defenseman Dylan McLlrath got to the middle slot for a shot and the rebound was put in by Spencer Edwards.

Moose Jaw pulled their goalie with 1:24 left in the game. The ICE got the empty net goal as Jesse Ismond and Matt Fraser went on a 2-1on break and Fraser finally gave the ICE the insurance goal.

Hayden Rintoul returned after missing 16 games to a knee injury.

ICE will host Red Deer on Saturday.

ICE Scratches – Steele Boomer (1st game leg day-to-day), John Neibrandt.

Game Summary
Moose Jaw 23-15-0-2 Kootenay 27-11-1-2

1st Period
1. Kootenay, Paulsen 3 (Ismond, Antilla) 17:30 pp
2. Kootenay, King 18 (Antilla) 19:52 sh
Penalties – McNabb Ktn (tripping) 1:55, Montgomery MJ (boarding) 8:03, Honejsek MJ (holding) 10:08, Cuthbert MJ (slashing) 14:27, Kornelsen MJ (hooking) 17:14, Hurley Ktn (goalie interefence) 19:18.
2nd Period
3. Moose Jaw, Edwards 19 (McIllrath, Edmundson) 8:31 4-on-4
Penalties – MJ Heemskerk (unsportsmanlike diving) Czerwonka Ktn (goalie interference) 8:14, Howden MJ (roughing) 8:50, Paulsen MJ (hooking) 18:48, King Ktn (roughing) 19:29.
3rd Period
4. Kootenay, Fraser 18 (Ismond, Czerwonka) 19:45 en
Penalties – Paradis MJ (holding) 2:31, Beach MJ (unsportsmanlike diving) 6:52, Czerwonka Ktn (goalie interference) 7:51, Wyton MJ (slashing, fighting) Benoit MJ (fighting) 19:51.
Shots on goal by
Moose Jaw - 4 – 14 – 7 = 25
Kootenay - 23 – 5 - 10 = 38
Goal (shots-saves) – Moose Jaw: Thomas Heemskerk (returned start 3rd) (L 22-13-0-2) (37-35) Brandon Stone (19:29 2nd) (0-0) Kootenay: Brett Teskey (W 8-2-0-0) (25-24)
Power plays (goals-chances) – Moose Jaw: Kootenay:
Referees – Chris Crich, Ryan Thompson
Linesmen – Sean Donnelly, Jeff Jobson
Attendance – 2,399

ICE Trivia Game #41

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

How may times have the ICE and Warriors met in the playoffs?

ANSWER – Once, in 2001 the ICE won 4-0 in the 1st round.

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Off The Net

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Moose Jaw @ Kootenay Game #41

The Kootenay ICE will host the Moose Jaw Warriors tonight.
Warriors lead the season series 2-0 with both wins in Moose Jaw, October 13th 6-3 and December 10th 6-4.
The ICE last game was a 2-1 win in Edmonton on Sunday.
The Warriors beat Kelowna 4-2 last night and went 4-1-0 on the BC Division road trip.
ICE have won their last 4 home games.
ICE are 2nd in the Conference and the Warriors are tied with Red Deer and Medicine Hat for 3rd in the Conference.
Hayden Rintoul will return after missing 16 games to a knee injury. Rintoul has played in 19 of the 40 games this year.

Leaders
ICE
Goals - 19 Max Reinhart
Assists - 25 Kevin King
Points - 42 Kevin King
PM - 71 Matt Fraser
Defenseman - 32 Brayden McNabb
Rookie - 7 Adam Rossignol
+/- - +17 Joe Antilla

Warriors
Goals - 22 Quinton Howden
Assists - 28 Dylan Hood
Points - 48 Dylan Hood
PM - 159 Cody Beach
Defenseman - 24 Collin Bowman
Rookie - 19 Morgan Rielly
+/- - +18 Spencer Edwards

Head to Head
ICE
Joe Antilla 2-2-4
Elgin Pearce 2-1-3
Kevin King 1-1-2

Warriors
Dylan Hood 3-3-6
Quinton Howden 2-3-5
Collin Bowman 2-2-4
Spencer Edwards 1-3-4
Anton Honejsek 3-0-3

Streaks
Brayden McNabb 11 games 7-8-15
Kevin King 5 games 2-5-7
Joe Antilla 3 games 1-2-3

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Off The Net

Our Off The Net feature continues where you can send comments to the broadcast directly to jeff@thedrivefm.ca.

Here's a message from Steele Boomer's Mom ...

Hi Jeff,

First of all, thank you for making the Ice broadcasts so entertaining. I have really enjoyed listening to them the past few years. I am also a faithful follower of your blog.

I just wanted you to know that I will be at the game in Edmonton – Hockey Hooky – with my class. I teach kids with ‘alternate learning abilities’ in Edmonton and will be bringing them to the game again this year. While 6,000 screaming kids is not a walk in the park, it is a wonderful way for many children to be able to see a ‘professional’ hockey game, some for the first, and possibly only, time. I am trying to encourage my students to cheer for Kootenay, and it does seem to be working well! We have been reading a book in our class that was donated to our school in 1997 by Kris Knoblauch, then a member of the Edmonton Ice. I didn’t realize the significance of the book when I chose it. The kids really feel some ownership of the team!

I am not able to get to many games in Cranbrook but want everyone to know how much my husband and I have appreciated the support the town has given our son over the past 4 years. Thank you to everyone who has made the decision to let our son move away a positive one.

Lori Boomer

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

U-17 Pacific Stats

Matt Dumba PAC Defense 6 0 12 12 2 0 0 0
Hunter Shinkaruk PAC Forward 6 5 4 9 2 2 0 2
Troy Bourke PAC Forward 6 3 5 8 14 2 0 0
Griffin Reinhart PAC Defense 6 1 6 7 4 1 0 0
Brandon Magee PAC Forward 6 5 0 5 16 2 0 1
Morgan Rielly PAC Defense 6 2 3 5 4 0 0 0
Ryan Olsen PAC Forward 6 1 3 4 2 0 0 0
Steven Hodges PAC Forward 5 1 3 4 6 1 0 0
Mike Winther PAC Forward 6 3 0 3 4 0 0 1
Robert Trzonkowski PAC Forward 5 3 0 3 27 0 1 0
Jari Erricson PAC Forward 6 2 0 2 2 0 0 0
Levi Bews PAC Forward 6 1 1 2 8 1 0 0
Matt Bellerive PAC Forward 6 0 2 2 6 0 0 0
Shane Danyluk PAC Forward 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Chase Clayton PAC Forward 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Joshua Smith PAC Defense 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Justin Hickman PAC Forward 6 0 1 1 16 0 0 0
Keaton Lubin PAC Defense 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Lucas Grayson PAC Defense 5 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Nicholas Walters PAC Defense 6 0 0 0 6 0 0 0

Name Team GP Mins GA SVS% AVG SO Wins Losses Ties
Mackenzie Skapski PAC 4 200:00 11 0.878 3.30 0 3 0 0
Devon Fordyce PAC 3 167:27 10 0.867 3.58 0 1 1 0

Mackenzie Skapski G Kootenay
Devon Fordyce G Prince George

Matt Dumba D Red Deer
Lucas Grayson D Red Deer
Keaton Lubin D Calgary
Morgan Reilly D Moose Jaw
Griffin Reinhart D Edmonton
Joshua Smith D Prince George
Nicholas Walters D Everett

Matt Bellerive F Vancouver
Levi Bews F Saskatoon
Troy Bourke F Prince George
Chase Clayton F Calgary
Shane Danyluk F Prince Albert
Jari Erricson F Everett
Justin Hickman F Seattle
Steven Hodges F Chilliwack
Brandon Magee F Chilliwack
Ryan Olsen F Saskatoon
Hunter Shinkaruk F Medicine Hat
Robert Trzonkowski F Calgary
Mike Winther F Prince Albert

U-17 Day 7

ICE Prospect Mackenzie Skapski and Pacific won the Bronze Medal today to wrap-up their tournament.

Box Score 1 2 3 OT1 Total
Pacific (PAC) 1 0 3 1 5
Quebec (QUE) 1 1 2 0 4

Goals/Penalties
First Period
Goals:
16:54 PAC 17 Steven Hodges (2 Matt Dumba, 6 Griffin Reinhart) 5/3
19:20 QUE 10 Luca Ciampini (12 Charles Simard-Hudon, 3 Michael Matheson) 5/5

Penalties:
00:36 PAC 4 Keaton Lubin (Boarding)
03:26 QUE 10 Luca Ciampini (Holding)
06:14 QUE 4 Dillon Fournier (Delay of Game)
08:45 PAC 4 Keaton Lubin (Slashing)
12:20 PAC 6 Griffin Reinhart (Hooking)
15:26 QUE 20 Félix Girard (Tripping)
16:27 QUE 3 Michael Matheson (Slashing)

Second Period
Goals:
05:44 QUE 5 Dominic Poulin (12 Charles Simard-Hudon, 3 Michael Matheson) 5/4

Penalties:
01:04 QUE 15 Frédéric Gamelin (Tripping)
05:27 PAC 6 Griffin Reinhart (Cross Checking)
06:32 PAC 17 Steven Hodges (Holding)
06:59 QUE 18 William Carrier (High Sticking)
08:05 QUE 4 Dillon Fournier (Tripping)
14:47 PAC 9 Matt Bellerive (Roughing)
16:21 QUE 5 Dominic Poulin (10-Minute Misconduct)
16:21 QUE 5 Dominic Poulin (Checking from Behind)
18:52 PAC 18 Brandon Magee (Unsportsmanlike Cnd.)
19:51 QUE 6 Julien Leduc (Slashing)

Third Period
Goals:
01:54 QUE 20 Félix Girard (3 Michael Matheson) 5/5
06:23 PAC 21 Robert Trzonkowski (11 Troy Bourke, 2 Matt Dumba) 4/5
09:35 PAC 22 Mike Winther (11 Troy Bourke) 5/5
12:54 QUE 5 Dominic Poulin (12 Charles Simard-Hudon, 17 Raphael Lafontaine) 5/4
16:31 PAC 20 Hunter Shinkaruk (11 Troy Bourke) 5/5

Penalties:
04:35 PAC 18 Brandon Magee (Cross Checking)
07:30 QUE 17 Raphael Lafontaine (Hooking)
12:23 PAC 17 Steven Hodges (Tripping)

Overtime
Goals:
01:34 PAC 18 Brandon Magee (7 Joshua Smith) 4/4

Penalties:
None


Goaltenders
Pacific 1 Devon Fordyce On 1/00:00 Off 4/01:34

Quebec 30 François Tremblay On 1/00:00 Off 4/01:34


Shots on Goal 1 2 3 OT1 Total
Pacific 7 6 10 1 24
Quebec 10 10 3 2 25

Player of the Game
Pacific 11 Troy Bourke
Quebec 20 Félix Girard

Outdoor Game LIVE VIDEO

 Spokane, WA -- The Spokane Chiefs are hosting the Kootenay Ice on Saturday, January 15th in the WHL’s first ever outdoor hockey game. Willy Bietak Productions, Inc.(http://www.bietakproductions.com) the company in charge of installing the ice surface for the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic, has arrived in Spokane and begun the process of building the staging system that will hold the ice at Avista Stadium.

Fans can watch the process of building the ice surface through a live video cam at http://www.websharelive.com/channel/rohc
Monday began the multi-step process of building the ice. A deck is being built on the field of Avista Stadium, normally the home of the Northwest League’s Spokane Indians Baseball Club, and laser leveled to create flooring for the ice.

The ice system Consisting of 240 Aluminum plates connected by over 600 feet of piping to one of the world’s largest portable refrigeration units will be moved into place on Thursday, January 6th. On Saturday, boards and glass will be placed onto the decking that was built earlier in the week. After the boards have been placed, they will begin spraying ice on Sunday, January 9th.

On-ice logos will be painted on Monday January 10th.

The Chiefs will hold a practice on Thursday, January 13th at 1:00 at Avista Stadium, the only time they will have the chance to skate on the ice prior to the game on Saturday.

Tickets for the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic are available by calling the Chiefs office at (509) 535-PUCK or TicketsWest at (800) 325-SEAT.

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 26-11-1-2 record (13-3-1-1 at home, 13-8-0-1 on the road, 0-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootouts) and in second place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE and WHL…The ICE will play three of their next five games at home.

DINNER AND A GAME: The KOOTENAY ICE along with COYOTE JACK’S GRILL have announced that fans can now purchase a restaurant seat and a meal for $25.00 for any remaining regular season home game…The meal will be off of a special COYOTE JACK’S GRILL menu that includes burgers, sandwiches, nachos and more…Limited seating is available and tickets can be purchased at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.

HOME DEPOT NIGHT: When the ICE host the RED DEER REBELS it will be HOME DEPOT NIGHT…Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to pick up HOME DEPOT toques at the door and win some great prizes.

ROCKSTAR OUTDOOR HOCKEY CLASSIC: Tickets are still available for the ROCKSTAR OUTDOOR HOCKEY CLASSIC in SPOKANE on January 15th…Fans can get their tickets to cheer on the ICE by calling 509-535-7825…The game will be held at the AVISTA STADIUM at 2:00 pm (MST).

DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY is 22-9-1-2 against the EASTERN CONFERENCE this season (12-2-1-1 at home, 10-7-0-1 on the road, 0-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootouts)…The ICE have recorded a season high nine straight games with a power play goal (franchise record is 21 straight games set in 2006-2007)…KOOTENAY is sixth in the League in overall penalty killing (82.8%)…BRAYDEN MCNABB, who needs two more assists to reach 100 in his WHL career, set the franchise record for most career points by a defenseman (38-98-136) on December 31 against SWIFT CURRENT (previously held by MIKE BUSTO – 36-98-134)…MAX REINHART is tied for fourth in the League in game winning goals with five…NATHAN LIEUWEN is tied for fourth in the WHL in goals against average (2.62)…STEELE BOOMER needs to score three more goals to reach 50 in his WHL career…KEVIN KING played in his 300th game with the ICE on December 28 against MEDICINE HAT…JESSE ISMOND recorded his 100th WHL career point against the TIGERS on December 28.

SCORING STREAKS: BRAYDEN MCNABB (7-8-15) has recorded at least a point in his last 11 games…KEVIN KING (2-5-7) has recorded at least a point in his last five games…JOE ANTILLA (1-2-3) has recorded at least a point in his last three games.

INJURY: Defenseman HAYDEN RINTOUL will be out of the ICE line up day to day with a knee injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 40 games of the 2009-2010 season the ICE were 22-15-1-2, after 41 games 23-15-1-2 and after 42 games 24-15-1-2.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday January 4 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Wednesday January 5 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Thursday January 6 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Friday January 7 ICE vs. Moose Jaw 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday January 8 ICE vs. Red Deer 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Tuesday, December 28 – Kootenay 6 vs. Medicine Hat 3 – Record 24-10-1-2 – Attendance: 2,843
Goals:
1 – Hurley (2) from Rossignol and Dirk
2 – McNabb (6) from Ismond and King
3 – Hurley (3) from Czerwonka
4 – Czerwonka (10) from Reinhart and Fraser
5 – Boomer (8) from King and Martin
6 – McNabb (7)
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (37 Saves, 3 GA)

Wednesday, December 28 – Kootenay 2 @ Medicine Hat 3 – Record 24-11-1-2 – Attendance: 4,006
Goals:
1 – Antilla (11) from Magnus
2 – King (16) from McNabb and Paulsen
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (37 Saves, 3 GA)

Friday, December 31 – Kootenay 5 vs. Swift Current 3 – Record 25-11-1-2 – Attendance: 2,822
Goals:
1 – McNabb (8) from Paulsen and Reinhart
2 – Fraser (15) from Reinhart and Montgomery
3 – King (17) from Boomer and Antilla
4 – Reinhart (19) from Czerwonka and Fraser
5 – Fraser (16) from Czerwonka and Leach
Goalie: Brett Teskey (11 Saves, 3 GA)

Sunday, January 2 – Kootenay 2 vs. Edmonton 1 – Record 26-11-1-2 – Attendance: 4,981
Goals:
1 – McNabb (9) from King and Antilla
2 – Fraser (17) from Reinhart
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (24 Saves, 1 GA)