Monday, May 30, 2011

ICE Playoff MVP

Cranbrook, BC – The Kootenay ICE Hockey Club announced today that Forward Matt Fraser has been named the Boston Pizza Top Playoff Performer for the 2011 WHL Playoffs.
Matt was a physical force at both ends of the ice throughout the WHL Playoffs. He helped lead the ICE to their third career WHL Championship with 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points in just 19 games. In the playoffs, Matt recorded four game winning goals and had nine multi-point games. During the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup, he was the second leading scorer in the tournament with four goals and two assists in five games and recorded two game winning goals and two multi-point games.
The ICE would like to thank Boston Pizza for their sponsorship of the Top Playoff Performer Award.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

CHL Season Is Done

Saint John won the Memorial Cup with a 3-1 win over Mississauga.

The ICE held their exit interviews on the weekend and will officially end the season on Monday when they announce their Playoff MVP Award winner.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


The ICE will be on a plane in about an hour and will arrive in Cranbrook sometime after 1pm.

Making it to the Memorial Cup and not winnng the trophy is a bitter sweet way to end a hockey season and that's why it's the toughest hockey championship to win.
To the fans, don't let this spoil what an amazing run the ICE had this season.
The ICE are WHL Champions and the players/coaches/management should be proud.

This was the first Memorial Cup that the ICE have played in that I felt anyone was capable of winning. The quality of the teams was top notch. You can do this week of hockey 4 times and end up with 4 different winners. All 3 leagues should be proud of the quality of coaching and players that is be presented in their leagues.

The ICE were getting closer to how they played in the WHL Playoffs but never reached that level of play. The ICE played 5 games in 7 days and in the semifinal played a team with 10 19-year-olds and their size, strength, depth and getting an early lead presented a tough challenge for the ICE.

On the radio station today you'll be hearing comments on the news and sports from Jeff Chynoweth, Kris Knoblauch and Todd Johnson. They are disppointed in the result but are proud on how the team hung in there when they started 0-2 and were down 2-0 to Saint John in their final round robin game.

Next up is the ICE season ticket early bird deadline on June 1st. As I mentioned last night, it's important we find a way to get back to a base of 2,500. The community is too small to hope for a walk-up crowd of 1,000-1,500 every night to have good crowds.
It works out to $11/game.
The ICE have a payment play to stretch out the payments.
Check with your boss to see if he/she will get tickets for the staff.
If you can't go to all the games, find someone to split the season tickets.
Find a way to get the kids to go to games as they are the future season ticket holders.
The ICE are working on some new ideas for next season and winning a WHL Championship is something that sure was great to be a part of, especially seeing this team being built the last 4 years.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mississauga 3 Kootenay 1 Memorial Cup Semi-Final

The Kootenay ICE lost 3-1 to Mississauga in the Memorial Cup Semi-Final game.

Joe Antilla scored the only goal for the ICE.

The club will arrive in Crabrook Saturday afternoon.

Kootenay 0 1 0 - 1
Mississauga 1 1 1 - 3

1st Period-1, Mississauga, Smith-Pelly 2 (Percy, Cantin), 1:03 (PP). Penalties-Czerwonka Ktn (boarding), 0:34; Kitsyn Miss (holding), 4:48; Martin Ktn (elbowing), 8:35; Eakin Ktn (inter. on goaltender), 12:55; Wise Miss (charging), 15:15; Ismond Ktn (slashing), 17:15.

2nd Period-2, Mississauga, Smith-Pelly 3 (Mayer, D'Orazio), 17:40. 3, Kootenay, Antilla 2 (Eakin, Fraser), 19:59 (PP). Penalties-Kitsyn Miss (high sticking), 2:10; Cizikas Miss (kneeing), 5:29; Flick Miss (high sticking), 14:14; Shugg Miss (checking from behind), 19:13.

3rd Period-4, Mississauga, DeSousa 1 19:05 (EN). Penalties-Wise Miss (high sticking), 3:56; King Ktn (elbowing), 6:10; Rintoul Ktn (roughing), 6:10; Cramarossa Miss (roughing), 6:10.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 5-10-14-29. Mississauga 7-11-8-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 1 / 7; Mississauga 1 / 5.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 2-2-0-0 (25 shots-23 saves). Mississauga, Anderson 2-1-0-0 (29 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Matt Kirk (4), Dave Lewis (16).
Linesmen-Jordan Browne (93), Sean Pindar (48).

ICE Trivia Memorial Cup Semi-Final Game

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Who scored a shorthanded goal for the ICE in the 2000 Memorial Cup?

ANSWER – Wade Burt.


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Kootenay vs Mississauga Memorial Cup Semi-Final Game

The Kootenay ICE will play Mississauga tonight in the Memorial Cup Semi-Final Game.
During the round robin the Majors beat the ICE 2-1.
The winner will meet Saint John Sunday in the Final.
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 4:30 on The Drive.

Goals - 4 Matt Fraser
Assists - 5 Max Reinhart
Points - 6 Max Reinhart
Defenseman - 3 Brayden McNabb

Goals - 2 Robby Flick, Casey Cizikas
Assists - 3 Devenate Smith-Pelly, Stuart Percy
Points - 4 Devante Smith-Pelly
Defenseman - 3 Stuart Percy

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kootenay 7 Owen Sound 3 Memorial Cup Tiebreaker Game

Kootenay ICE scored 2 powerplay goals and 2 shorthanded goals in 7-3 win over the Owen Sound Attack in the tiebreaker game at the Memorial Cup in Mississauga.

Matt Fraser 2-1-3 and Cody Eakin 2-1-3, Joe Antilla 1-1-2, Max Reinhart 1-1-2 and Kevin King 0-2-2 led the offence. Erik Benoit had the other goal.

ICE trailed 2-0 in the 2nd period and scored 2 goals 13-seconds apart to the tie the game.

ICE will play Mississauga St. Michael's Majors in Friday's Semi-Final.

Kootenay 0 3 4 - 7
Owen Sound 2 0 1 - 3

1st Period-1, Owen Sound, Brace 1 (Halmo, Shaw), 7:12. 2, Owen Sound, Maidens 1 (Blacker, Fritsch), 18:45. Penalties-Blacker Os (slashing), 13:46; Mignardi Os (tripping), 14:19; Antilla Ktn (roughing), 17:04; Shaw Os (roughing), 17:04.

2nd Period-3, Kootenay, Benoit 1 (Antilla, Dirk), 7:48. 4, Kootenay, Antilla 1 (Eakin), 8:01 (SH). 5, Kootenay, Fraser 3 (McNabb, Reinhart), 11:14 (PP). Penalties-Ismond Ktn (hooking), 1:01; Halmo Os (kneeing), 5:24; Hurley Ktn (hooking), 7:52; Cutting Os (hooking), 10:30; Berdnikov Os (hooking), 17:53; Shaw Os (slashing), 19:37.

3rd Period-6, Kootenay, Fraser 4 (Czerwonka), 1:13 (PP). 7, Kootenay, Eakin 2 (King), 3:24. 8, Kootenay, Reinhart 1 (Fraser), 4:59 (SH). 9, Owen Sound, Halmo 1 (Shaw, Petgrave), 5:37 (PP). 10, Kootenay, Eakin 3 (King, Leach), 17:28 (EN). Penalties-King Ktn (tripping), 4:47; Halmo Os (misc. - miscellaneous), 6:31; Shaw Os (boarding), 6:31; Reinhart Ktn (holding), 6:55; Rintoul Ktn (tripping), 13:46; Halmo Os (misc. - miscellaneous), 17:28; Montgomery Ktn (roughing), 17:47; Rintoul Ktn (roughing), 17:47; Cutting Os (roughing), 17:47; Mignardi Os (roughing), 17:47.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 7-15-13-35. Owen Sound 10-8-13-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 2 / 7; Owen Sound 1 / 5.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 1-2-0-0 (31 shots-28 saves). Owen Sound, Stajcer 0-0-0-0 (31 shots-25 saves); Binnington 1-1-1-0 (3 shots-3 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (16), Scott Ferguson (35).
Linesmen-Kevin Hastings (61), Jesse Wilmot (72).

ICE Trivia Memorial Cup Tiebreaker Game

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Who has the Franchise Record for most career game winning goals at the Memorial Cup?

ANSWER – 2 Tomas Plihal.


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Kootenay vs Owen Sound Memorial Cup Tiebreaker Game

The Kootenay ICE will play Owen Sound tonight in the Memorial Cup Tiebreaker Game.
During the round robin the Attack beat the ICE 5-0.
Both teams finished the round robin with 1-2 records.
The winner will meet Mississauga tomorrow in the Semi-Final game.
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 4:30 on The Drive.

Goals - 2 Matt Fraser
Assists - 4 Max Reinhart
Points - 4 Max Reinhart
Defenseman - 2 Brayden McNabb

Goals - 2 Andrew Shaw, Robby Mignardi
Assists - 3 Andrew Shaw, Mike Halmo
Points - 5 Andrew Shaw
Defenseman - 2 Matt Petgrave, Keevin Cutting, Geoffrey Schemitsch

Press Release
Mississauga, ON - The Owen Sound Attack today announced that forward and team captain Garrett Wilson is expected to miss all remaining games of the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup beginning with Thursday night’s Tie-Breaker contest against the Kootenay Ice.
Wilson is suffering from concussion like symptoms following a hit he received in the first period of Wednesday night’s game against the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.
“The Attack will once again exercise on the side of caution as it relates to the health of our players,” said Attack General Manager Dale DeGray. “We will continue to monitor the status of both Garrett and Joey Hishon as we look to move forward in this tournament.”
The Attack have submitted a formal request for the play to be reviewed for supplemental discipline. As per MasterCard Memorial Cup policy, the play will now be reviewed by the Discipline Chairman.

Another Press Relese
Mississauga, ON - MasterCard Memorial Cup Discipline Chairman Brian O’Neill announced today that after a full review, the supplemental discipline request by Owen Sound on Mississauga forward Chris DeSousa has been denied. The request for supplemental discipline was made after Owen Sound forward Garrett Wilson was injured as a result of a check by DeSousa in the 1st period of last night’s game.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Mississauga 3 Owen Sound 1

The ICE will meet Owen Sound in Thursday's tiebreaker game and Mississauga advances to Friday's Semi-Final.

ICE Update

The ICE have a day off as tomorrow they'll play the loser of tonight's Owen Sound/Mississauga game.

The club is planning on spending the afternoon at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Cranbrook's Photo's Chris Pullen has been here all week and some of his amazing pics are on the WHL website.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kootenay 5 Saint John 4 OT Memorial Cup Game #3

Kootenay ICE forward Matt Fraser scored at 3:55 of overtime in a 5-4 win over the Saint John Sea Dogs in Memorial Cup action on Tuesday.
With the win the ICE advance to the tiebreaker game on Thursday and will play the loser of Wednesday's round robin game between Owen Sound and Mississauga.
Replays showed that the play was just off side as Max Reinhart's skate kicked the puck into the zone.
Fraser had 2 goals, Kevin King 1 goal 1 assist, Max Reinhart 4 assists,
Brayden McNabb 2 assists, Jesse Ismond 1 goal and Drew Czerwonka 1 goal.
ICE scored 3 powerplay goals.
Sea Dogs forced overtime with 14.5 seconds left on a shot that went of Tomas Jurco's neck/face and into the net. Jurco leads the tournament with 4 goals and 5 points.

Kootenay 0 2 2 1 - 5
Saint John 0 2 2 0 - 4

1st Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Benoit Ktn (tripping), 1:58; Martin Ktn (roughing), 5:28; MacAulay Snb (tripping), 12:45.

2nd Period-1, Saint John, Tesink 1 (Phillips, Bourret), 1:26. 2, Saint John, Jurco 3 (Galiev), 5:33. 3, Kootenay, Czerwonka 1 (Martin, Reinhart), 13:13 (PP). 4, Kootenay, King 1 (McNabb, Reinhart), 15:10 (PP). Penalties-Bourret Snb (hooking), 2:00; Bourret Snb (interference), 11:58; Gélinas Snb (delay of game), 13:24; Thomas Snb (tripping), 13:46.

3rd Period-5, Kootenay, Ismond 1 (King, Eakin), 0:23. 6, Saint John, Gagné 1 (Huberdeau, Beaulieu), 2:10. 7, Kootenay, Fraser 1 (Reinhart, McNabb), 7:19 (PP). 8, Saint John, Jurco 4 (Phillips), 19:45. Penalties-King Ktn (cross checking), 4:35; Huberdeau Snb (slashing), 5:58.

1st OT Period-9, Kootenay, Fraser 2 (Reinhart), 3:55. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 12-20-11-2-45. Saint John 6-6-11-0-23.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 3 / 6; Saint John 0 / 3.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 1-2 (23 shots-19 saves). Saint John, Corbeil-Thériault 0-1 (45 shots-40 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (16), Scott Ferguson (35).
Linesmen-Matt Traub (50), Kevin Hastings (61).

ICE Trivia Memorial Cup Game #3

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Who has the Franchise Record for most career points at the Memorial Cup?

ANSWER – 7 Jarret Stoll.


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Kootenay vs Saint John Memorial Cup Game #3

The Kootenay ICE will play their final round robin game of the Memorial Cup against the QMJHL Champion Saint John Sea Dogs.
An ICE win will put them into Thursday's tiebreaker game against the loser of tomorrow's game between Owen Sound and Mississauga.
A loss and the ICE are out of the tournament.
The ICE will have to win 4 games in a row to win the Memorial Cup.
The only team to start the tournament 0-2 and win the Memorial Cup was the 2009 Windsor Spitfires.
Saint John (2-0) has qualified for Sunday's final.
Brayden McNabb will return after sitting out a 1 game suspension.
ICE will not face former Wheat King/Thunderbird Jacob DeSerres as the Sea Dogs' goalie will be Mathieu Corbeil.
Top defenseman Simon Despres (Pittsbirgh 1st round pick) and scoring forward Michael Kirkpatrick (4 points in tournament) will also sit out.
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 4:30 on The Drive.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Saint John 3 Owen Sound 2 OT

Sea Dogs have clinched a spot in Sunday's final.
They still have to play the ICE tomorrow in the final round robin game for both clubs.

If the ICE win they'll go to Thursday's tiebreaker game against the loser of Wednesday's game between Mississauga and Owen Sound.

ICE Day Off & Tiebreaker Rules

The ICE will play their final round robin game of the Memorial Cup tomorrow against the QMJHL Champion Saint John Sea Dogs.
For the rest of the tournament the ICE are in a must win situation.
Only the 2009 Windsor Spitfires started 0-2 and won the Memorial Cup.

Tonight Saint John plays Owen Sound.
If the Sea Dogs win they clinch 1st place and tomorrow's game against the ICE will have no meaning to them in the standings.

If the Attack win it sets up a possibilty of a 3-way tie for 2nd place, because if the ICE win and then if Owen Sound beats Mississauga on Wednesday the Attack would be 3-0 and the three other teams would be 1-2.

There is a tiebreaker rule in which one team would get a bye to the Semi-Final and the two other teams would play in the tiebreaker game.

Playoff Formula
The game each team played against the 1st place team is removed from their records. Then you add each team's goals for with their goals against which sum you divide into such team's goals for. The team with the highest percentage gains the higher position in the standings and an automatic berth as the home team in the semi-final game. The remaining two teams will play in the tiebreaker game.

The ICE 5-0 loss to Owen Sound would not count and the fact they lost a 1-goal game to the Majors also helps them in the tiebreaker rules.
Saint John also had a 1 goal game against Mississauga but it was a higher scoring game which benifits both of those teams.
The ICE would need a win with at least a 2-goal margin to have a bye into the semi-final.

Of course all of this doesn't matter if the ICE don't win tomorrow.

Most IF situations have the ICE needing to win 4 straight games to win the tournament.

Optional practice at the practice facility.
Jerry Bancks overseeing the next drill.
Justin Cardinal in Nathan Lieuwen's gear.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Mississauga 2 Kootenay 1 Memorial Cup Game #2

Mississauga forward Rob Flick scored the game winning goal at 11:51 of the 3rd period in a 2-1 win over the Kootenay ICE in Memorial Cup action on Sunday night.

The ICE will face elimination in every game as they play their final round robin game on Tuesday against Saint John.
The ICE will have to win 4 games in a row as they need a win to qualify for the tiebreaker game on Thursday.

Mississauga 1 0 1 - 2
Kootenay 1 0 0 - 1

1st Period-1, Kootenay, Eakin 1 (Leach, Czerwonka), 7:55 (PP). 2, Mississauga, Kitsyn 1 (Flick, Cantin), 9:18. Penalties-Flick Miss (interference), 7:23; Flick Miss (roughing), 9:18; Ismond Ktn (roughing), 9:18; Martin Ktn (interference), 19:00.

2nd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-Hurley Ktn (checking from behind), 2:39; Fraser Ktn (slashing), 4:13; Mayer Miss (cross checking), 6:30; King Ktn (slashing), 7:47; Ismond Ktn (cross checking), 8:20; Smith-Pelly Miss (interference), 9:29; Czerwonka Ktn (slashing), 18:18.

3rd Period-3, Mississauga, Flick 1 (Smith-Pelly, Brace), 11:51. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Mississauga 11-9-11-31. Kootenay 12-14-8-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Mississauga 0 / 6; Kootenay 1 / 3.
Goalies-Mississauga, Anderson 1-1-0-0 (34 shots-33 saves). Kootenay, Lieuwen 0-2-0-0 (33 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (16), Matt Kirk (4).
Linesmen-Ryan Lachine (81), Sean Pindar (48).

ICE Trivia Memorial Cup Game #2

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Who has the Franchise Record for most career goals at the Memorial Cup?

ANSWER – 4 Colin Sinclair.


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Kootenay vs Mississauga Memorial Cup Game #2

The Kootenay ICE will meet Mississauga St. Michael's Majors in the Memorial Cup.
This is the 2nd game for both clubs who are both 0-1.
ICE lost 5-0 to Owen Sound, Majors lost 4-3 to Saint John.
The winner will clinch a spot in the playoff round while the loser will face an elimination game the rest of the tournament.
If the ICE win their 2 remaining round robin games and Owen Sound lose their last 2 games the ICE will clinch a spot in the Final.

Brayden McNabb has received a 1 game suspension for receiving an elbowing major against Owen Sound and will not play tonight.

Mississauga, ON - Brian O’Neill, discipline chairman for the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup, announced today that Brayden McNabb of the Kootenay Ice has been suspended for one game for receiving a major and game misconduct for elbowing on Saturday, May 21 vs. Owen Sound.
McNabb will serve his suspension tonight when Kootenay plays Mississauga.
Brian O’Neill stated, “following review of the referee’s report, and watching all of the television footage of the incident, I determined that it was a reckless action by the player but not a deliberate attempt to injure.”
This is the first suspension in a MasterCard Memorial Cup since the 1999 event in Ottawa.

Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 4:30 on The Drive.

No room inside for sewer ball so the ICE go outside.
Sewer ball in very humid conditions.
ICE dressing room.
Poster on dressing room door a reminder on what got them here.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Owen Sound 5 Kootenay 0 Memorial Cup Game #1

Owen Sound goalie Jordan Binnington made 29 saves, including 15 in the 2nd period, in a 5-0 win over the Kootenay ICE at the Memorial Cup.
Robby Mignardi had 2 goals for the Attack who scored 2 powerplay goals, 1 shorthanded goal and 1 goal 4-on-4.

ICE Captain Brayden McNabb received a major and game misconduct in the 3rd period for elbowing Joey Hishon. Hishon tried to go around McNabb in the nuetral zone and lowered his head and McNabb got him with his arm. Hishon was skating back to his bench after the hit and got hit in the head by a teammate. The CHL will decide if there is a suspension before Sunday's ICE vs Mississauga game.

The last time the ICE were shutout and lost in regulation time was March 29th, 4-0, game #3 in Moose Jaw.

ICE (0-1) will play Mississauga (0-1) on Sunday.

Owen Sound 1 1 3 - 5
Kootenay 0 0 0 - 0

1st Period-1, Owen Sound, Mignardi 1 (Shaw, Cutting), 16:49. Penalties-Petgrave Os (tripping), 11:33; Gilbert Os (tripping), 13:20; Petgrave Os (cross checking), 15:54; Eakin Ktn (holding), 16:41; King Ktn (checking from behind), 20:00.

2nd Period-2, Owen Sound, Berdnikov 1 (Halmo, Cutting), 3:30. Penalties-Hishon Os (high sticking), 4:23; Hurley Ktn (interference), 9:24.

3rd Period-3, Owen Sound, Mignardi 2 (Shaw), 12:29 (SH). 4, Owen Sound, Fritsch 1 (Berdnikov, Halmo), 16:23 (PP). 5, Owen Sound, Wilson 1 (Schemitsch, Petgrave), 17:27 (PP). Penalties-Hishon Os (roughing), 3:35; Ismond Ktn (roughing), 3:35; McNabb Ktn (hooking), 7:41; Hishon Os (roughing, roughing), 12:09; Czerwonka Ktn (roughing), 12:09; McNabb Ktn (major-elbowing, game misconduct), 14:25; Leach Ktn (roughing), 16:41.

Shots on Goal-Owen Sound 12-6-14-32. Kootenay 9-15-5-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Owen Sound 2 / 6; Kootenay 0 / 5.
Goalies-Owen Sound, Binnington 1-0 (29 shots-29 saves). Kootenay, Lieuwen 0-1 (33 shots-28 saves).
Referees-Dominick Bedard, Dave Lewis (16).
Linesmen-Jordan Browne (93), Kevin Hastings (61).

ICE Trivia Memorial Cup Game #1

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Which 5 players played in 2 Memorial Cups with the ICE?

ANSWER – Jarret Stoll, Colin Sinclair, Cole Fischer, Richard Hamula, BJ Boxma.


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Kootenay vs Owen Sound Memorial Cup Game #1

The Kootenay ICE will play their 1st game of the 2011 Memorial Cup against the OHL Champion Owen Sound Attack.
This is the 3rd Memorial Cup appearance by the ICE who won in 2002 when it was held in Guelph Ontario.
The Attack is in their 22nd year and this is their 1st appearance.
ICE have no players with Memorial Cup experience.
The ICE will play 3 round-robin games over the next 4 days.
Both teams come from the smallest of CHL markets as the Owen Sound’s population is around 21,000. Cranbrook is 3rd smallest and Owen Sound 5th.
The ICE go into the tournament as underdogs as the media hasn’t picked an overwhelming favorite but don’t mention the ICE when predicting a winner.
In the previous Memorial Cup appearances the ICE are 2-1 vs OHL teams.
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 4:30 on The Drive.
ICE morning skate.
ICE Pre-Game skate.

Friday, May 20, 2011

ICE On Friday

Mississauga's team bus.
Major's salute the past at the end of the bus.
ICE visit Fan Fest.
ICE players take over Fan Fest's floor hockey.
More floor hockey.
And more floor hockey.
Birthday boy Matt Fraser tries shooting drill.
Target practice.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

More ICE In Mississauga

Press Conference area.
New nets and new mesh ready for game action.
60 lbs chocolate replica of the Memorial Cup. Took over 400 hours to make.
Coach's press conference.
Coaches pose with the trophy.

ICE In Mississauga

The Hershey Centre is still being prepared for the tournament. ICE will not skate here until they have a morning gameday skate on Saturday.

ICE players had to do TV stuff.

Hershey Centre is a great building for junior hockey.

From the ice surface.

ICE had to bus from the main rink to a practice facility nearby. Hayden Rintoul's helmet shows the EJ sticker that will be on all the helmets. Tribute for EJ Maguire from the NHL CSS who passed away recently.

The practice facilty as the ICE had a practice today.

Preview From WHL


Head Coach: Kris Knoblauch
General Manager: Jeff Chynoweth

2010-11 Record: 46-21-1-4, 97pts, GF: 272 GA: 218
2010-11 Final CHL Ranking: Not Ranked
2011 Playoff Record: 16-3 GF: 74 GA: 44
-Defeated Moose Jaw Warriors 4-2 in first round
-Defeated Saskatoon Blades 4-0 in second round
-Defeated Medicine Hat Tigers 4-0 in Eastern Conference Championship Series
-Defeated Portland Winterhawks 4-1 in WHL Championship Series

2011 Playoffs Top Scorers:
LW – Matt Fraser 19gp-17g-10a-27pts
C – Max Reinhart 19gp-15g-12a-27pts
C – Cody Eakin 19gp-11g-16a-27pts
D – Brayden McNabb 19gp-3g-24a-27pts

The 2011 WHL Champions, the Kootenay Ice are making their third appearance at the MasterCard Memorial Cup in franchise history. The Ice went winless in their first Memorial Cup experience in 2000, but won it all in 2002.

Up Front: The Ice have been getting plenty of mileage out of their older group of forwards. Veterans Matt Fraser, Cody Eakin and Max Reinhart combined to score 43 of the team’s 74 post-season goals, while veteran Joe Antilla, with nine tallies, was the only other player to surpass the five-goal mark in the playoffs. Even though much of their offense comes from their top guns, the Ice can roll four lines who all play with the same intensity, determination and fire. A relentless forecheck, tremendous work ethic and strict adherence to their system has enabled the Ice to breeze through several of the WHL’s top teams en route to the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

On The Blue Line: Buffalo Sabres’ prospect Brayden McNabb has anchored a stifling Kootenay defense corps. McNabb provides plenty of offense from the point, runs the power play, and has helped the Ice to an 88.8% penalty killing success rate throughout their playoff run. Veterans James Martin, Joey Leach and Hayden Rintoul provide solid defensive play, mobility and strong puck movement. Collectively, the Ice defense corps has enjoyed success in shutting down some of the WHL’s biggest stars like Brayden Schenn, Linden Vey and Nino Niederreiter through their run to the WHL championship.

Goaltending: 19-year-old Nathan Lieuwen took his game to another level during the 2011 WHL playoffs, posting a 16-2-1 record with three shutouts along with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage while starting all 19 post-season contests for Kootenay. A former first-round draft pick of the Ice, Lieuwen has a knack for making big saves at key times in games, and gives his team a chance to win in any situation.


Head Coach / General Manager: Dave Cameron

2010-11 Record: 53-13-0-2, 108pts, GF: 287 GA: 170
2010-11 CHL Final Ranking: 3
2011 Playoff Record: 15-5 GF: 79 GA: 44
-Defeated Belleville Bulls 4-0 in first round
-Defeated Sudbury Wolves 4-0 in second round
-Defeated Niagara Ice Dogs 4-1 in Eastern Conference Championship series
-Lost to Owen Sound Attack 4-3 in OHL Championship series

2011 Playoffs Top Scorers:
LW – Devante Smith-Pelly 20gp-15g-6a-21pts
LW – Maxim Kitsyn 20gp-10g-9a-19pts
RW – Justin Shugg 20gp-10g-9a-19pts
C – Casey Cizikas 16gp-5g-14a-19pts

The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors are making their first trip to the MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament in the modern history of the franchise. Having moved from Toronto to Mississauga in 2007-08, the Majors come into the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup as the host team and runner-up in the OHL Championship series.

Up Front: The St. Michael’s Majors boast a balanced attack that led the OHL in offense during the regular season. Their top trio of Devante Smith-Pelly, Justin Shugg and Casey Cizikas combined for 30 goals and 59 points through the team’s run in the OHL playoffs while helping the team’s power play click at a 30.1% clip in the post-season. Shugg has plenty of Memorial Cup experience, having won back-to-back Memorial Cup titles with the Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and 2010, while Cizikas also has big-game experience as a member of the 2011 Canadian national junior squad. Russian winger Maxim Kitsyn has also proved to be an offensive threat with 10 post-season goals. He helped Russia defeat Cizikas and the Canadians in the World Junior Championship Gold medal game.

On The Blue Line: The St. Michael’s Majors were the best defensive team in the OHL during the regular season, allowing just 170 goals in 68 games. 21-year-old veteran Marc Cantin, who won the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup with Windsor, leads a St. Michael’s Majors’ defense corps that combined for a +48 rating in the OHL post-season and allowed just 44 goals through 20 playoff contests. Cantin, Mark D’Orazio and Brett Flemming are all capable in the offensive end as well, contributing to the team’s power play success in the post-season.

Goaltending: 19-year-old veteran JP Anderson enjoyed a terrific playoff run for the St. Michael’s Majors, posting a 15-2-3 record, including four shutouts, with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 20 contests. He even set an OHL record by notching three straight shutouts in the team’s opening-round series versus Belleville. The San Jose Sharks prospect was the runner-up for the OHL Goaltender of the Year award, edged out by just a four-point margin by Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs.


Head Coach: Mark Reeds
General Manager: Dale DeGray

2010-11 Record: 46-17-1-4, 97pts, GF: 283 GA: 215
2010-11 Final CHL Ranking: 8
2011 Playoff Record: 16-6 GF: 83 GA: 65
-Defeated London Knights 4-2 in first round
-Defeated Plymouth Whalers 4-0 in second round
-Defeated Windsor Spitfires 4-1 in Western Conference Championship series
-Defeated Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4-3 in OHL Championship series

2011 Playoffs Top Scorers:
RW – Robby Mignardi 22gp-15g-9a-24pts
C – Joey Hishon 22gp-5g-19a-24pts
LW – Garrett Wilson 22gp-11g-10a-21pts
C – Andrew Shaw 20gp-10g-7a-17pts

The Owen Sound Attack come into the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament as OHL Champions for the first time in their 22-year history, having knocked off the OHL’s regular-season champion Mississauga in a thrilling seven-game series that culminated with an overtime victory in the seventh and deciding game.

Up Front: The Attack possess solid offensive depth and star power in the form of NHL prospects Joey Hishon, Robby Mignardi and Garrett Wilson. Mignardi was the OHL playoff MVP after scoring 15 goals in 22 games, while Hishon and Wilson combined for 16 goals and 45 points during the playoffs. Veteran Andrew Shaw also provided consistent offense during the post-season, chipping in 10 goals and 17 points. A hard-working group, the Attack play a tight-checking game that limits time and space for their opposition. Two-way forwards Jarrod Maidens, Liam Heelis and Mike Halmo add good depth to the Attack’s forward contingent.

On The Blue Line: The Attack boast an impressive blue line, led by veterans Jesse Blacker and Matt Stanisz. Blacker, a veteran of Windsor’s 2009 Memorial Cup team, and Stanisz anchor a solid defensive unit and provide offense and strong puck movement, helping the power play to a 23.3% success rate during the post-season. Stanisz, Blacker, Matt Petgrave and Geoff Schemitsch combined for 10 goals and 54 points during the OHL playoffs.

Goaltending: The Attack used three different goaltenders during the 2011 OHL playoffs, with Michael Zador, Scott Stajcer and Jordan Binnington all seeing action during the team’s run to the championship. Binnington appeared in 46 regular-season games, the most of the three, and was the winning goaltender in the team’s Game 7 overtime win over the St. Michael’s Majors in the OHL final. While Binnington may have the edge, all three have shown they can perform in big-game situations.


Head Coach: Gerard Gallant
Director of Hockey Operations / Associate Coach: Mike Kelly

2010-11 Record: 58-7-1-2, 119pts, GF: 324 GA: 165
2010-11 Final CHL Ranking: 1
2011 Playoff Record: 16-3 GF: 84 GA: 39
-Defeated Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4-0 in first round
-Defeated Victoriaville Tigres 4-1 in second round
-Defeated Lewiston Maineiacs 4-0 in Semi-Final series
-Defeated Gatineau Olympiques 4-2 in QMJHL Championship series

2011 Playoffs Top Scorers:
C – Jonathan Huberdeau 19gp-16g-14a-30pts
LW – Stanislav Galiev 19gp-10g-17a-27pts
RW – Zack Phillips 17gp-9g-15a-24pts
RW – Tomas Jurco 19gp-6g-12a-18pts

The Saint John Sea Dogs enter the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup as QMJHL champions for the first time in their six-year history. The top-ranked team in the entire CHL, the Sea Dogs tied a QMJHL record with an astounding 58 victories during the 2010-11 regular season. During their post-season run, the team managed a perfect 10-0 record on the road.

Up Front: The Sea Dogs have plenty of offensive weapons in their arsenal that helped them lead the QMJHL in goals during the regular season. Led by sophomore star and top NHL draft prospect Jonathan Huberdeau, the Sea Dogs scored an average of 4.42 goals per game in the post-season and boasted a power play that operated at 27.4% effectiveness. Huberdeau, the QMJHL playoff MVP, scored 16 times in the playoffs while Russian forward Stanislav Galiev netted 10 times. Zack Phillips, Michael Kirkpatrick and Tomas Jurco add offensive depth to the Sea Dogs’ powerful offense.

On The Blue Line: The Sea Dogs boast a talented and mobile defense corps that not only helped the team to the fewest goals-against in the QMJHL during the regular-season, but made significant contributions in the offensive zone as well. Canadian national junior team star Simon Despres and promising NHL draft prospect Nathan Beaulieu anchor the defense corps, with both having the ability to play strong defense and help the attack. Eric Gelinas adds even more offensive ability from the blue line.

Goaltending: Former WHL netminder Jacob DeSerres backstopped the Sea Dogs to the QMJHL title, posting a 12-3 record with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage in the playoffs. DeSerres has Memorial Cup experience, having played for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2010 tournament. DeSerres also benefits the Sea Dogs with his familiarity with the WHL representative, the Kootenay Ice.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

From The West To The East

As the players were loading up the their bags in the dressing the rink staff started to remove the ice.
16 pieces in the puzzle which was completed after the 16th playoff win in Portland
Empty dressing room.
More empty dressing room.
The inside of the dressing room door with an ICE sticker for each playoff win.
The airplane that took the team from Cranbrook to Toronto.

McNabb Signs

It was officially announced today that ICE Captain Brayden McNabb has signed with the Buffalo Sabres who drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2009 NHL Draft. They had until June 1st to get a deal done or McNabb would have gone into the 2011 Draft.

Travel Day

On Tuesday the ICE had their last Rec-Plex practice of the season.
After, the Fan Club's Send-Off gathering gave close to 500 fans a chance to wish the players good luck.
Wednesday the club will fly to Mississauga.
After a season long of marathon bus trips it's another chance for bus driver John Bean to get the club to their destination, this time the airport, for a departure of 10am.
The shortest bus trip of the playoffs was 5 hours to Medicine Hat. The plane trip is expect to be about a 5 hour flight.
Practices are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Memorial Cup Schedule

All games start at 5 Cranbrook time.

Fri 20 Saint John vs Mississauga
Sat 21 Owen Sound vs Kootenay
Sun 22 Mississauga vs Kootenay
Mon 23 Owen Sound vs Saint John
Tue 24 Kootenay vs Saint John
Wed 25 Owen Sound vs Mississauga
Thu 26 Tiebreaker
Fri 27 Semi-Final
Sun 29 Final

ICE Leave Tomorrow

The Kootenay ICE had a goal at the start of the year and are half way there as the WHL Ed Chynoweth Cup Champions head to Mississauga for the Memorial Cup.

The ICE went to the 2000 Memorial Cup in 2000 and quickly returned home after losing their 3 round robin games. 5 players from the 2000 team were on the roster when the club went back to the tournament in 2002 and won the trophy. It’s no longer best-of-7 playoff series as the tournament uses the round-robin format and the ICE are focusing on how to approach the event. Forward Joe Antilla says they’re trying to keep it low key. “I think just staying calm. Just being yourselves, we got a good group with character guys and we if stick together like we have been and have fun with it then we’ll be fine.”

Assistant Coach Todd Johnson won a Memorial Cup as a player with the 1992 Kamloops Blazers as says it’s been gratifying to be a part of a coaching staff to get to the tournament. “As a player you don’t know how far you’ve come from the start of the year. As a coach you watch the development and watch the guys grow and become a team. To have a hand in that in completely different than when you were a player. As a player you just played and did the best you could.”
Johnson knows what to expect at the Memorial Cup and says there is a lot of hype. “There is a lot of media attention when you get there. There is more downtime, more than we had in any of the travel we’ve had so far. As a coaching staff we’ll keep them busy when we get there but rest is very important too so it’s a fine line.”

Forward Max Reinhart says the players are happy there are people from the club that have Memorial Cup experience. “It’s good we have Todd (Johnson) who has been there. We have a few people from the organization that have been to the last one (2002). They know what it’s about and they know the best ways to avoid boredom and all that. We’ve got guys here who know what they are doing so it’ll e all right.”

The ICE will play 3 round robin games against teams they have never seen before and Antilla says it’ll be learning experience every day. “We’ll always watch video and watch tendencies to see what kind of things they do. Until you’re in the game you don’t really understand them. After the 1st period of every game is where we’ll probably understand what we have to do.”
Reinhart says they have to be ready to play their own game. “I think it’s going to come down to who is the most focused and most hungry to win each game.”

Johnson says every game is important but you don’t have to treat them all like a game 7. “You could lose a game and still get to the final, you could lose 2 games and still end up Memorial Cup Champions. I really feel is we can play 4 or 5 games with the same mindset I think we have a very good chance. Every game is important and to get our team prepared for every game will be important”

By winning the WHL Championship the ICE now have a chance to get their main goal, the Memorial Cup.

Monday, May 16, 2011

From The ICE Fan Club

The Memorial Cup rally is set.
It will be tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6 PM in the rear parking lot of the Rec Plex.

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE have advanced to the MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP for the third time in franchise history (2000, 2002, 2011)…KOOTENAY won the WHL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL and ED CHYNOWETH CUP after a 4-1 series victory versus the PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS…The ICE won the EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP after a 4-0 series victory against the MEDICINE HAT TIGERS…KOOTENAY advanced to the CONFERENCE FINAL after a 4-0 series victory versus the SASKATOON BLADES…The ICE advanced to the SEMI FINAL after a 4-2 series victory against the MOOSE JAW WARRIORS in round one of the playoffs…KOOTENAY finished the 2010-2011 regular season 46-21-1-4 (26-8-1-1 at home, 20-13-0-3 on the road, 1-1 in overtime, 4-4 in shootouts) and in fourth place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE and sixth in the WHL…The ICE clinched a playoff spot for the 13th consecutive season which is the longest active streak in the WHL.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: Kootenay has won three League Championships (2000, 2002, 2011) and one Memorial Cup Championship (2002), while playing the third most post season games in the WHL during their 13 seasons in Cranbrook (144 – Calgary leads with 165 games and Kelowna is second with 155 games)…The ICE have a 85-59 career record in the post season (46-25 at home, 39-34 on the road, 23-11 in overtime)...Kootenay has played in 27 playoff series in franchise history and have a 17-10 career record. Each time the ICE have advanced to the Memorial Cup, it has been on the date, May 13th (2000 – Spokane – 1-0 win, 2002 – Red Deer – 3-2 2OT win, 2011 – Portland – 4-1 win)…KOOTENAY finished the post season with 559 games of playoff experience…KEVIN KING (46), CODY EAKIN (40) and BRAYDEN MCNABB (39) led the ICE in games played in the playoffs…MCNABB recorded his first WHL playoff goal on March 26 against MOOSE JAW…JOE ANTILLA recorded his first WHL playoff goal against the WARRIORS on March 26…NATHAN LIEUWEN recorded his first WHL playoff shutout on March 30 in MOOSE JAW…MATT FRASER recorded his first WHL playoff hat trick in MOOSE JAW on April 2…ADAM ROSSIGNOL recorded his first career WHL playoff point with an assist against the WARRIORS on April 2…NATHAN LIEUWEN recorded his second WHL playoff shutout on April 12 against SASKATOON…ERIK BENOIT recorded his first WHL playoff goal on April 22 in MEDICINE HAT…BRENDAN HURLEY recorded his first WHL playoff point with an assist in MEDICINE HAT on April 22…LUKE PAULSEN recorded his first WHL playoff point with an assist on April 22 in MEDICINE HAT…NATHAN LIEUWEN recorded his third WHL playoff shutout against MEDICINE HAT on April 23.

DID YOU KNOW: The ICE set a franchise record for most shots on goal in a period on May 7 in PORTLAND with 25 (24 was the old record on April 14, 2000 in SWIFT CURRENT)…KOOTENAY set a franchise record for most consecutive games won in the playoffs with 11 (March 30 – April 27) …The ICE set a franchise record for most consecutive games won at home with eight (March 26 – May 11)…The ICE set a franchise record for most consecutive games won on the road with six (March 30 – April 23)…MAX REINHART tied a WHL record for the most goals scored in one game during the playoffs with five on April 27 against MEDICINE HAT (DAVE CHARTIER, DON NACHBAUR and DAVE KRYSKOW)…REINHART, who was named WHL and CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK for the week ending May 1st, set a franchise recorded for most shorthanded goals during a playoff season with three and tied a franchise record for most shorthanded goals in one playoff game with two against the TIGERS on April 27 (MARTIN SAGAT – 2005)…NATHAN LIEUWEN set a franchise record for most shutouts during a playoff season with three and tied the career record for most shutouts in the playoffs with DAN BLACKBURN (three – 2000 and 2001 playoffs)…MATT FRASER, who was first in the WHL in goals scored during the playoffs, tied a franchise record for most goals scored during the playoff season with 17 (DUNCAN MILROY – 2002)…MAX REINHART (three) and JOE ANTILLA (two) led the League in short handed goals in the playoffs…STEELE BOOMER, MATT FRASER, JOEY LEACH and BRAYDEN MCNABB tied for first in the WHL for short handed assists during the playoffs with two…MCNABB, who set a franchise record for most points by a defenseman during a playoff season with 27, led the League in plus / minus with a plus 23….JESSE ISMOND was named WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK for the week ending May 15.

SCORING STREAKS: MAX REINHART (1-4-5) has recorded at least a point in his last four games…JESSE ISMOND (3-4-7) has recorded at least a point in his last three games.

Tuesday May 17 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec plex
Wednesday May 18 Travel Day
Saturday May 21 Owen Sound vs ICE 5:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Sunday May 22 Mississauga vs ICE 5:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Tuesday May 24 ICE @ Saint John 5:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)


Tuesday, May 10 – Kootenay 3 vs Portland 2 – OT – Record 2-1 – Attendance: 3,402
1 – King (5) from Ismond and Martin
2 – Czerwonka (2) from Eakin
3 – Antilla (9) from Reinhart and McNabb
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (34 Saves, 2 GA)

Wednesday, May 11 – Kootenay 5 vs Portland 4 – OT – Record 3-1 – Attendance: 3,593
1 – Ismond (4) from Boomer and Benoit
2 – Eakin (10) from King and Leach
3 – Ismond (4) from Eakin and Leach
4 – Eakin (11) from Ismond and Leach
5 – Fraser (15) from Ismond and M. Reinhart
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (31 Saves, 4 GA)

Friday, May 13 – Kootenay 4 @ Portland 1 – Record 4-1 – Attendance: 10,947
1 – Boomer (4) from Ismond and Hurley
2 – Fraser (16) from McNabb and M. Reinhart
3 – Fraser (17) from Antilla
4 – Ismond (5) from Fraser and McNabb
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (26 Saves, 1 GA)

Ismond POW & Lieuwen GOW

CALGARY, AB. - The Western Hockey League announced today that Kootenay Ice forward Jesse Ismond is the WHL Player of the Week.

Ismond picked up seven points, scoring three goals and four assists to go with a +6 rating in three games over the past week to help the Kootenay Ice capture the 2011 WHL Championship crown over the Portland Winterhawks.

On Tuesday, May 10th, the Ice hosted the Winterhawks for game three of the WHL Championship with the series tied 1-1. Ismond picked up one assist in the Ice’s 3-2 over-time victory over the ‘Hawks. The next night, Wednesday, May 11th, at the Rec Plex, Ismond scored a pair of goals, added two assists and was named the games 1st Star as the Ice defeated in the Winterhawks 5-4 in over-time. The Ice were back in Portland for game five, on Friday, May 13th, leading the WHL Championship Series 3-1. Ismond scored one goal and one assist to lead the Ice to a 4-1 victory and the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions. The Kootenay Ice will now represent the WHL at the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The OHL and the City of Mississauga, Ontario will serve as the official hosts for the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The Mississauga St. Michaels Majors will host the Ed Chynoweth Cup – WHL Champion Kootenay Ice, Ontario Hockey League Champion Owen Sound Attack and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Champion Saint John Sea Dogs from May 20 – 29, 2011.

Ismond, a 20-year-old (born in 1991) from Kindersley, SK, is playing his third full season with the Kootenay Ice. Selected in the sixth round of the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft by the Ice, Ismond has gone on to appear in 211 WHL games collecting 46 goals, 76 assists for 122 points.

The WHL has also nominated Nathan Lieuwen of the Kootenay Ice for the CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Lieuwen posted a 3-0-0-0 record this past week, stopping 91 of 98 shots faced for a 2.11 goals-against average and 0.929 save percentage. Lieuwen, a native of Abbotsford, BC, helped the Ice emerge with a 4-1 WHL Championship Series win over the Portland Winterhawks and was named the 2011 WHL Playoffs MVP.

ICE Fan Club Rally

The ICE will fly to Mississauga on Wednesday morning.

The ICE Fan Club is arrainging a Send-Off Rally for Tuesday at 6pm.

Listen to the radio and check this blog for details once finalized.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

QMJHL Update

Saint John 3 Gatineau 2 2OT
Saint John wins series 4-2.

OHL Update

Owen Sound Attack 3 vs. Mississauga St. Michael's Majors 2 OT

For the first time in franchise history the Owen Sound Attack are OHL Champions winning the Robertson Cup in dramatic fashion with a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors before a sold out Hershey Centre crowd of 5,517 in the seventh and deciding game of the Rogers OHL Championship Series.

Attack rookie Jarrod Maidens scored twice including the game-winner banging home a loose puck off a scramble just 3:27 into the extra frame to give Owen Sound their third overtime win of the series.

"I was just praying it was going to cross the line," said Maidens. "We have a great group of guys and we deserved it, it feels amazing."

This marks just the third time in OHL history where Game seven of the Championship Series was decided in overtime and the first since 1996 when the Peterborough Petes beat the Guelph Storm 8-7, while North Bay also beat Detroit 5-4 in overtime in Game seven of the 1994 finals. This is also the second time in three years for the Robertson Cup to be awarded following an overtime win as Playoff MVP Taylor Hall netted the winner in Game five of the 2009 finals for the Windsor Spitfires against the Brampton Battalion.

"This was such a great series and I give all the credit in the world to Mississauga who have a tremendous team," said Attack Head Coach Mark Reeds. "For our team, our ownership, and our fans this is a special day. Our fans that made the trip down from Owen Sound have been with us the whole way and we look forward to them supporting us again next week."

All four regulation goals were scored in the opening 20 minutes beginning with Mike Halmo's fifth of the playoffs at 4:14. Stuart Percy tied the game for the Majors at 7:26 before Maidens regained the Attack lead at 12:34. Jordan Mayer scored the other Majors goal, his ninth of the playoffs on the power play at 14:48.

"What a great win," said Attack captain Garrett Wilson. "This was a new experience for us but everyone knew what we had to do. When the goal went in I just jumped and I think I was the first guy in the pile. This is the best feeling of my life."

The Attack will celebrate their first Robertson Cup since moving to Owen Sound from Guelph in 1989. This will however be the third time the city of Owen Sound will celebrate a Robertson Cup as the Greys won the cup as a member of the OHA in 1924 and 1927.

Robby Mignardi was voted winner of the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as Playoff MVP with 15 goals and nine assists for 24 points in 22 games.

"I can't even describe what this means," said Mignardi. "To win a championship on top of this award is even better, and to do it for this organization makes it special."

Jordan Binnington made 25 saves to earn his second win of the series and just his fourth of the playoffs. JP Anderson made 26 saves despite the loss.

The Majors will open the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup on Friday night against the QMJHL Champion while the Attack will face the Kootenay Ice on Saturday night. Both games are at 7:00 pm and can be seen live on Rogers Sportsnet.

The Numbers

May 13, 2011 ICE win WHL Championship in Portland.
May 13, 2002 ICE win WHL Championship vs Red Deer.
May 13, 2000 ICE win WHL Championship in Spokane.

The ICE finished in 4th place in the East Conference and 3rd place in the Central Division during the regular season. In 1983 the Lethbridge Broncos finished in 5th place in the East Division (that year the East had 8 teams and the West 6) and won the WHL Championship.

ICE had a playoff record of 16-3 including winning 15 of the last 16 games.

Since losing 9-2 in Saskatoon on March 4th the ICE played 26 games and had a record of 22-2-1-1.

New or Tied Playoff Franchise Records.

May 7 in Portland - 25 shots on goal in a period (2nd period) and allowed a record 27 shots on goal against in a period (3rd period).

March 29 in Moose Jaw - Tied with 2 shots on goal in a period (3rd period).

7 shorthanded goals in one season.

8 straight home wins.

6 straight road wins.

April 27th vs Medicine Hat Max Reinhart set a team record and tied a WHL record with 5 goals in 1 game.
5 points in a game tied for most points in a game.
Tied with 3 goals in one period and 3 points in a period.

Cody Eakin also tied with 3 points in one period (May 7 in Portland).

Brayden McNabb (April 13 vs Saskatoon and March 26th vs Moose Jaw) and Joey Leach (May 11 vs Portland) tied with 3 assists and points in a game by a defenseman.

Max Reinhart tied with 2 shorthanded goals in one game. (April 27 vs Medicine Hat) (Martin Sagat 05)

Nathan Lieuwen 24 saves in a period. (May 7 in Portland)

Brayden McNabb 12 game assist and point streak and went 2-17-19 during the span.

Multi-goal games
Matt Fraser 5, Cody Eakin 2, Max Reinhart 2, Kevin King, Jesse Ismond, Joe Antilla.

Multi-point games
Matt Fraser 13, Cody Eakin 10, Brayden McNabb 9, Max Reinhart 6, Jesse Ismond 5, Joe Antilla 4, Kevin King 4, Joey Leach.

Penalty shots against
Apr 1/11 vs Moose Jaw Dylan Hood stopped by Nathan Lieuwen, May 7 in Portland Sven Bartschi stopped by Nathan Lieuwen.

Overtime goals
Joe Antilla 2, Cody Eakin, Matt Fraser

Goals in a playoff season
17 Matt Fraser tied (Duncan Milroy 02)

Assists in a playoff season
24 Brayden McNabb

Assists Defenseman
24 Brayden McNabb

Points Defenseman
27 Brayden McNabb

SH goals
3 Max Reinhart

Game Winning Goals
4 Cody Eakin, Matt Fraser tied (Matt Walker 00, Zdenek Blatny 00)

Max Reinhart, Matt Fraser
(Dale Mahovsky 05, Martin Sagat 05, Duncan Milroy 03 & 02, Marek Svatos 01, Zdenek Blatny 01, Trevor Wasyluk 99)

3 Lieuwen

+23 Brayden McNabb

Career Defenseman Assists
34 Brayden McNabb

Career Defenseman Points
37 Brayden McNabb

Career SH Goals
3 Max Reinhart

Career Shutouts
3 Nathan Lieuwen (Dan Blackburn)


ICE GM Jeff Chynoweth
On winning the WHL Championship
"It's tough to put into words. first and foremost I am so proud of this group of players and coaching staff. We've been here a long time and have a lot of success but this group was special right from day one. The leadership group is unbelievable. The three coaches have done a great job in bringing everybody together. I'm so happy for them and it's something I think I'll never forget."

On what makes this years team so special.
"Even our Memorial Cup runs in 2000 and 2002 we never put streaks like this together. To win that many games at the end (15 of the last 16), they just worked so hard. They bought into the system, they're are no egos on this team. If you're going to win a championship you need that because you're going to face some adversity, you're going to have some ups and downs. I think back to game 4 in Moose Jaw, we were down 2-1 and that was the adversity. In the Crushed Can, a tough building and we came through and just kept going from there. Really nice to finish tonight with probably our most complete game of the final for sure and probably between that and game 2 in Medicine Hat our 2 best games of the playoffs"

On Brayden McNabb handing him the Ed Chynoweth Cup.
"A bunch of emotions obviously. I'd be lying if I told you I don't look at that banner (Ed Chynoweth Hall of Fame Banner at the Rec-Plex) every night we play. My Mom's in Arizona and she sends little messages for us saying some one's smiling down on us. He'd be very proud, he'd be very proud of this organization, he'd be very proud of the job Kris Knoblauch, Todd Johnson and Jerry Bancks did and how the 23 players came together."

Nathan Lieuwen
On winning WHL Playoff MVP.
"It could have gone to anybody so really I could give to anybody in that room. Cody (Eakin), Brayden (McNabb), (Matt) Fraser, (Max) Reinhart, so many guys played well."

On watching the team play.
"Spectacular. The defensive play, the offense, everything, the forecheck, it's beautiful to watch."

Steele Boomer
On winning the WHL Championship
"It's surreal. When we started this year we all knew we had a good team. We picked up Eaks (Cody Eakin) at the deadline and we just came together after that. We just found a way to play together as a team. We found a way to win as a team. We just kept going with it. Game plan stayed the same from game 1 against Moose Jaw right through until game 5 tonight. It's just an amazing feeling the best feeling in the world right now."

"We just wanted it so bad. Everyone goes on the ice and they want to do it for the guy beside them. All the time. It's amazing when you see guys block shots like (Hayden) Rintoul blocked one with his face today. When guys do that for each other you know that you have good team and a special thing going."

On the last 30 seconds of the clinching game.
"I was just busy hugging the guys. That's the best part as you get share with all the guys that have worked with you. The Ed Chynoweth Cup, it's great to do it for Jeff. It's pretty amazing."

Matt Fraser
On winning the WHL Championship.
"Words can't even describe what's going on right now. No one can even contain themselves they're so excited. Everyone is enjoying the moment right now. We always talk about living in the moment in our dressing room."

On 2 goals in the clinching game.
" The goals are nice but you're more worried about getting the job done. The goals are what win you games but there's so many plays that contribute to the win. Little things, getting pucks in and pucks out and just little things like that."

On winning in the playoffs.
"You look at the guys in that room. Everyone's battered, everyone is bruised, everyone wants more. There is no quit, there is no satisfaction in our room."

On winning 15 of the last 16 games.
"I won't say who I got it from but I got a text from a Tigers' player who said the thing about the Kootenay ICE is everyone of the guys will go through the wall for the guy sitting next to them. I thought that was one of the neatest texts to get especially from an opposing player. The heart that our team has, the character that we have in that dressing room, that leadership we have from everyone, everyone does something for us. We want to be winners, we know it's not going to be easy and that's the biggest thing as we know what we gotta do to be successful and we gotta play that way."

Saturday, May 14, 2011