Friday, March 30, 2012

ICE Recap

The Kootenay ICE season ended 2 months earlier than last season and today the players are having their exit meetings and will bring a close to 2011-12.
The first 27 games of the season the ICE were playing the style of hockey they did in the playoffs while most of the other teams will trying to find their identity.
On November 30th they were 19-5-1-2, on a 6-game winning streak.
The last 45 games they went 17-21-5-2 and failed to win more than 2 games in a row the rest of the season.
Including the playoffs they lost when they had a lead or were tied in the 3rd period in 25 games. I believe they earned 9 overtime points but that was a loss of a potential 41 other points. Remember, 1 more win and they finish 5th in the final standings and not 8th.
In trying to figure out what happened ... mistakes, bad luck, bad penalties, rookies learning, leadership, goaltending, etc, the confusing part is why they were great for 2 periods and not the 3rd.
In being the defending champions and just being the Kootenay ICE they always have to face an opposition who were geared up to play them and the ICE never had an easy night.

We will hear in the coming days where some players will still be playing this season.
Nathan Lieuwen, Joey Leach and Drew Czerwonka are NHL drafted but unsigned. At the very least they could sign Amateur Try Out contracts and play pro hockey.
Max Reinhart is signed and could be in Abbotsford for the rest of the season and even play for Calgary.
Joe Antilla and Jesse Ismond could also have pro options or decide on their future over the summer.
Sam Reinhart should be receiving consideration to play of Canada at the Under-18 tournament April 12-22. The event is mainly for 17 year-olds but the 16-year-old is still eligible. The Head Coach is Red Deer's Jesse Wallin.

The ICE had 8 rookies this season (4 17-year olds, 4 16-year olds) and could have 7 1st year players next season, one or two of them could be import players.
They had 8 19-year-olds and only 3 can return as over-agers next season.
Max Reinhart is gone.
The status of Czerwonka and Leach will be big factors in the final decisions.
Luke Paulsen, John Neibrandt, Elgin Pearce, Dylen McKinlay and Brock Montgomery are the other options.

The ICE are coming off 2 great Bantam Drafts and are a couple of years away from being a major contender and it's going to be an exciting training camp.
The players on the list of potential new players are (listed in no particular order) ...
Goalie - Wyatt Hoflin (17)
Defense - Tanner Faith (17), Kyle Krabben (17), Jordan Steenbergen (16), Matthew Murray (16), Carter Forsyth (16)
Forward - Luke Philp (17), Jesse Wood-Shatz (17), Jakson Elynuik (17), Doug Morris (17), Ian Williams (17), Zachary Zborosky (16), Collin Shirley (16), Kyle O'Connor (16)

Leach Playoff MVP

Defenseman Joey Leach has been named the Top Playoff Performer for the 2012 WHL Playoffs.
Despite the series loss to Edmonton Joey's play throughout the four games was consistent. He was a physical force on the ice and gave strong leadership to the team.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pics Of The Game

Pics Of The Game from Cranbrook Photo.
They are the official photographers of the Kootenay ICE and are Cranbrook's Foto Source.
For more ICE pictures visit cranbrookphoto.com.
If you have a request of shots of a specific player contact Chris Pullen … chris@cranbrookphoto.com

Thanx to Chris and the staff for being a part of this feature this year, I'll end the season with pictures and no comments.

Edmonton 3 Kootenay 1 Playoff Game #4

Cranbrook, BC – Edmonton Oil Kings Rhett Rachinski scored 2 goals in a 3-1 win over the Kootenay ICE, to win the series 4-0, in WHL playoff action on Thursday night.

The Oil Kings opened the scoring early in the first period on the powerplay as Mark Pysyk’s point shot was stopped by the goalie, the puck went high in the air and landed near the goal line and was pushed into the net by the goalies’ pad.

In the second period the ICE scored their first powerplay goal of the series with Drew Czerwonka coming down the left wing with a wrist shot that beat the goalie of the glove side.
The Oil Kings regained the lead as Rhett Rachinski’s attempted pass from the corner went off an ICE player into the net.

Rhett Rachinski added an empty net goal to clinch the game and the series.

It’s the third time the ICE have been swept in the 1st round of the playoffs (09 vs Brandon, 04 vs Kelowna) and the 5th time they lost 4 playoff games in a row.

The ICE had 12 players on the roster this season that won the WHL Championship last year.
The club had 8 rookies during the season and will have at least 7 rookies next year, in what will probably make making them the youngest team in the WHL.

The two home games for the ICE were the smallest crowds in playoff history in games played at the Rec-Plex. 2,293 for game 3 and 2,146 for game 4.

ICE Scratches – Spencer Wand (1 game suspension for warm-up violation in game 3), Luke Paulsen, Max Reinhart (1 game suspension for game misconduct in game 3).
Oil Kings Scratches – Klarc Wilson, Cole Benson, Ryan Dech, Mason Geertsen, Tristan Sieben.

Game Summary
Edmonton wins series 4-0.

1st Period
1, Edmonton, Pysyk 1 (Reinhart, Samuelsson), 4:22 (PP).
Penalties-Montgomery Ktn (interference), 3:41; Lowe Edm (tripping), 11:44.

2nd Period
2, Kootenay, Czerwonka 2 (Montgomery, S.Reinhart), 10:21 (PP).
3, Edmonton, Rachinski 1 14:09.
Penalties-Lazar Edm (checking to the head), 9:30; Leach Ktn (slashing), 11:09; Lowe Edm (roughing), 17:51; Martin Ktn (roughing), 17:51; Muth Ktn (charging), 20:00.

3rd Period
4, Edmonton, Rachinski 2 (Samuelsson, Lowe), 19:23.
Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Edmonton 4-13-1-18. Kootenay 5-5-5-15.
Power Play Opportunities-Edmonton 1 / 3; Kootenay 1 / 2.
Goalies-Edmonton, Brossoit 4-0-0-0 (15 shots-14 saves). Kootenay, Lieuwen 0-4-0-0 (18 shots-15 saves).
A-2,146
Referees-Brett Iverson (24), Pat Smith (12).
Linesmen-Ron Dietterle (121), Michael Roberts (87).

Trivia Playoff Game #4

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Who were the playoff MVP’s in the 3 years the ICE won the WHL Championship?

ANSWER – 00 Dan Blackburn, 02 Duncan Milroy, 11 Nathan Lieuwen.

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Edmonton @ Kootenay Playoff Game #4

The Kootenay ICE will host Edmonton tonight in game 4 of their playoff series.
Oil Kings lead 3-0.
#1 in Edmonton - Oil Kings 3-0.
#2 in Edmonton - Oil Kings 4-3.
#3 in Kootenay - Oil Kings 6-3.
The ICE have held a lead after the 2nd period in the last 2 games and have been outscored 9-0 in the 3rd period in the series.
Including the regular season the ICE have lost 25 games when tied or leading at one point in the 3rd period.
In their history the ICE have trailed 3-0 in a series 3 times. They have been swept twice (09 Brandon, 04 Kelowna) and forced a game 5 once (03 Seattle).
Max Reinhart (game misconduct) and Spencer Wand _pre-game violation) have received 1 game suspensions for their actions in game 3.

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

Here is the link to tonight's FREEZE Magazine.
http://issuu.com/kootenayice/docs/march29?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Flight%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true

Leaders
ICE
Goals – 1 Drew Czerwonka, Jesse Ismond, Joey Leach, Elgin Pearce, Sam Reinhart, Dylen McKinlay
Assists – 2 Max Reinhart
Points – 2 Max Reinhart, Elgin Pearce
Defenseman – 1 Joey Leach, Spencer Wand
Rookie – 1 Spencer Wand
PM – 14 Jesse Ismond
+/- - +2 Spencer Wand
Avg – 4.93 Nathan Lieuwen

Oil Kings
Goals – 3 Curtis Lazar
Assists – 4 Curtis Lazar
Points – 7 Curtis Lazar
Defenseman – 3 Keegan Lowe
Rookie – 7 Curtis Lazar
PM – 8 Griffin Reinhart
+/- - +4 Curtis Lazar
Avg – 2.00 Laurent Brossoit

Streaks
Elgin Pearce 2 games 1-1-2

Home
Elgin Pearce 1-0-1
Sam Reinhart 1-0-1
Dylen McKinlay 1-0-1
Nathan Lieuwen 0-1 5.07 .857%

Road
Max Reinhart 0-2-2
Drew Czerwonka 1-0-1
Jesse Ismond 1-0-1
Joey Leach 1-0-1
Nathan Lieuwen 0-1 3.00 .893%

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pics Of The Game

Pics Of The Game from Cranbrook Photo.
They are the official photographers of the Kootenay ICE and are Cranbrook's Foto Source.
For more ICE pictures visit cranbrookphoto.com.
If you have a request of shots of a specific player contact Chris Pullen … chris@cranbrookphoto.com

Sam Reinhart celebrates his goal.
Great Fans
With Mom in the building Max tries to get around Griffin
Curtis Lazar has 7 points in 3 games
Laurent Brossoit with the save of the game
Dylen McKinlay after making it 3-1
Joe Antilla denied in the 3rd period

Edmonton 6 Kootenay 3 Playoff Game #3

Cranbrook, BC – The Edmonton Oil Kings scored 5 goals in the third for a come from behind 6-3 win over the Kootenay ICE, to take a 3-0 lead in the series, in WHL playoff action on Wednesday night.

The ICE opened the scoring on the rush as Joe Antilla dropped a pass at the Edmonton blueline to Elgin Pearce who skated to the middle slot and his wrist shot went of the goalies blocker into the net.
The Oil Kings tied the game on powerplay rebound goal by Curtis Lazar who has scored in all 3 games.
28 seconds later the ICE regained the lead as Sam Reinhart got his 1st career playoff goal with a wrist shot under the goalies glove.
For the second game in a row the ICE lead 2-1 after the first period.

In the second period the ICE made it 3-1 on an odd man rush with Dylan McKinlay coming down the left wing with a perfect shot that beat the goalie high on the glove side.

Early in the third period the Oil Kings, after an unsuccessful 2-on-1 break, the trailing Griffin Reinhart stepped into a slap shot the beat the goalie high on the glove side.
The Oil Kings tied the game as Keegan Lowe’s slap shot from the point beat the screened goalie high on the glove side.
The Oil Kings scored 2 goals 17 seconds apart to take their first lead of the game with Kritians Pelss and Mitchell Moroz making it 5-3.
Henrik Samuelsson added one into an empty net.

Jon Martin of the ICE and Henrik Samuelsson of the Oil Kings (missed 2 games to suspension) played their 1st career playoff games.

Game 4 is Thursday in Cranbrook.

ICE Scratches – Jeff Hubic, Luke Paulsen, Luke Philp.
Oil Kings scratches – Klarc Wilson, Cole Benson, Ryan Dech, Mason Geertsen, Tristan Sieben.

Game Summary
Edmonton leads series 3-0.

1st Period
1, Kootenay, Pearce 1 (Antilla), 3:12.
2, Edmonton, Lazar 3 (Maxwell, St. Croix), 9:03 (PP).
3, Kootenay, S.Reinhart 1 9:31.
Penalties-McKinlay Ktn (checking from behind), 8:05; Pysyk Edm (roughing), 11:19; Sautner Edm (roughing), 12:45; Ismond Ktn (embellishment), 12:45; Muth Ktn (hooking), 16:58; Samuelsson Edm (roughing), 20:00; Muth Ktn (roughing), 20:00.

2nd Period
4, Kootenay, McKinlay 1 15:14.
Penalties-Reinhart Edm (high sticking), 10:06; Corbett Edm (interference), 16:09.

3rd Period
5, Edmonton, Reinhart 1 (Ewanyk, Sautner), 1:57.
6, Edmonton, Lowe 2 (Legault, Lazar), 8:14.
7, Edmonton, Moroz 2 (Pysyk, Lowe), 12:44.
8, Edmonton, St. Croix 3 (Moroz), 13:01.
9. Edmonton, Sameulsson 1 (Legault, Lazar) 19:45 en
Penalties-Maxwell Edm (slashing), 3:43; Antilla Ktn (cross checking), 3:43; Ismond Ktn (interference), 4:31; M.Reinhart Ktn (roughing, game misconduct), 13:22; Leach Ktn (cross checking), 15:57; Moroz Edm (roughing), 16:33.

Shots on Goal-Edmonton 9-9-18-36. Kootenay 11-7-8-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Edmonton 1 / 5; Kootenay 0 / 4.
Goalies-Edmonton, Brossoit 3-0-0-0 (18 shots-15 saves). Kootenay, Lieuwen 0-3-0-0 (22 shots-17 saves).
A-2,293
Referees-Trent Knorr (42), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Sean Donnelly (109), Jeff Jobson (52).

Trivia Playoff Game #3

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Who holds the ICE record for most career playoff games?

ANSWER – 72 Colin Sinclair.

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Edmonton @ Kootenay Playoff Game #3

The Kootenay ICE will host Edmonton tonight in game 3 of their playoff series.
Oil Kings lead 2-0.
#1 in Edmonton - Oil Kings 3-0
#2 in Edmonton - Oil Kings 4-3
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 6:30 on The Drive.

Here is the link to tonight's FREEZE Magazine.
http://issuu.com/kootenayice/docs/march28?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Flight%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true

Leaders
ICE
Goals – 1 Drew Czerwonka, Jesse Ismond, Joey Leach
Assists – 2 Max Reinhart
Points – 2 Max Reinhart
Defenseman – 1 Joey Leach, Spencer Wand
Rookie – 1 Spencer Wand
PM – 10 Jesse Ismond
+/- - +1 Joey Leach, Spencer Wand
Avg – 3.52 Nathan Lieuwen

Oil Kings
Goals – 2 Curtis Lazar, Michael St. Croix
Assists – 2 Curtis Lazar, Tyler Maxwell
Points – 4 Curtis Lazar
Defenseman – 1 Keegan Lowe, Mark Pysyk
Rookie – 4 Curtis Lazar
PM – 6 Keegan Lowe, Griffin Reinhart
+/- - +2 Curtis Lazar, Mitchell Moroz, Keegan Lowe, Mark Pysyk
Avg – 1.50 Laurent Brossoit

Road
Max Reinhart 0-2-2
Drew Czerwonka 1-0-1
Jesse Ismond 1-0-1
Joey Leach 1-0-1

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Day Off Thoughts

The series between the ICE and Oil Kings will resume on Wednesday and Thursday at the Rec-Plex.
The series has seen each team take a 1-goal lead into the 3rd period, the Oil Kings added to their lead to win game 1 and came from behind to win game 2.
Including the regular season and playoffs, 24 times the ICE have had the lead or tied in the 3rd period and have lost the game.
During the current 7 game losing streak it has happened 5 times.
It's the strangest stretch of games I have ever seen, with goals going in off legs, arms and ICE players into their net.
In their history the ICE have trailed 2-0 5 times and came back to win the series twice. But they have never won a series when losing the first 2 games on the road (0-3).
As expected, for the ICE to win the series they need everyone playing their best.
The ICE powerplay is 0-for-8 in the series but did score a goal exactly when a penalty ended in game 2.
Both teams have had scoring chances while shorthanded.
How much depth do the Oil Kings have on forward? 20-year-old forwards Jordan Peddle and Rhett Rachinksi have played on their 3rd and 4th lines.
Henrik Samuelsson has sat out a 2-game suspension and a pretty good player will have to sit out to make room for him in the line-up.
Some really positive articles have been in the Edmonton newspapers during the series. Most of the information is old news to the fans in the Kootenays but is a great update for the people in Edmonton who saw the ICE leave 14 years ago. Over the years some media can't wait to be negative about Cranbrook and the challenges the ICE have to go through in a small market, so it's refreshing to see the whole truth revealed.

Monday, March 26, 2012

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week's action with a 0-2-0 record (0-0-0 at home, 0-2-0 on the road, 0-0 in overtime) after two games of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL against the EDMONTON OIL KINGS...KOOTENAY finished the 2011-2012 regular season with a 36-26-6-4 record (19-12-3-2 at home, 17-14-3-2 on the road, 2-6 in overtime, 3-4 in shootouts) and in eighth place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE and 13th overall in the WHL...The ICE finished the 2011-2012 regular season with an above .500 record for the 13th consecutive season, which is the longest active streak in the WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE…KOOTENAY finished the regular season with a .500 or better road record for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons...The ICE are in the post-season for the 14th consecutive year and are facing the EDMONTON OIL KINGS for the first time in franchise history.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: The ICE have a career playoff record of 85-61 (46-25 at home, 39-37 on the road, 22-11 in overtime)...KOOTENAY has 320 games of playoff experience which is the fourth most of the teams who qualified for the post season…JOE ANTILLA (31), MAX REINHART (31) and JOEY LEACH (30) lead the ICE in games played in the playoffs...SPENCER WAND recorded his first WHL playoff point with an assist on March 25 against EDMONTON.

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL: Games Three and Four for the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL vs EDMONTON presented by KAL-TIRE and HUSKY, will be played at home on Wednesday, March 28th and Thursday, March 29th...The puck will drop for both games at 7:00 pm.

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY NIGHT: On Wednesday, March 28th when the ICE host the EDMONTON OIL KINGS it will be CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY NIGHT...Fans in attendance will be able to take part in a frisbee throw.

EAST KOOTENAY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH NIGHT: On Thursday, March 29th when KOOTENAY hosts the OIL KINGS it will be EAST KOOTENAY FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH NIGHT...Fans in attendance will be able to bid on jerseys from ICE ALUMNI and have the chance to win a truck courtesy of DENHAM FORD.

DID YOU KNOW: SAM REINHART is the third player in franchise history to be nominated for the JIM PIGGOTT MEMORIAL TROPHY - WHL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (STEVE MCCARTHY - 1997/1998, DAN BLACKBURN - 1999/2000)...MAX REINHART and NATHAN LIEUWEN have been named to the EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ALL STAR TEAM...The ICE were 0-3-2-1 against EDMONTON this season (0-2-1-0 at home, 0-1-1-1 on the road, 0-2 in overtime, 0-1 in shootouts)...KOOTENAY finished the regular season 16th in the WHL in overall power play (19.7%)…The ICE finished the regular season fifth in the League in overall penalty killing (80.5%)...NATHAN LIEUWEN finished the season third in the WHL in goals against average (2.50) and tied for fifth in save percentage (.914)...LIEUWEN set a franchise record for the most wins by a goaltender with 85 (82 career wins was the old record held by TAYLOR DAKERS - 2003-2007)...SAM REINHART (28-34-62) finished the regular season tied for fourth in the LEAGUE for points by a rookie...JOEY LEACH recorded his 100th WHL career point on March 16 against CALGARY...SPENCER WAND recorded his first WHL career goal against EDMONTON on March 14.
ONE YEAR AGO: After Game Two of the 2010-2011 Quarter Final action the ICE were 1-1 and after Game Three were 1-2 against the MOOSE JAW WARRIORS.

UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday March 27 Practice 3:45 - 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Wednesday March 28 ICE vs. Edmonton 7:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)
Thursday March 29 ICE vs. Edmonton 7:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive) Friday March 30 Practice 3:45 - 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Saturday March 31 Practice 9:00 - 10:30 am Cranbrook Rec Plex
*Sunday April 1 ICE @ Edmonton 2:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)
*if necessary
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Friday, March 23 – Kootenay 0 @ Edmonton 3 - Record 0-1-0 – Attendance: 8,939
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (25 Saves, 3 GA)
Sunday, March 25 – Kootenay 3 @ Edmonton 4 – Record 0-2-0 – Attendance: 8,463
Goals:
1 - Czerwonka (1) from M. Reinhart
2 - Ismond (1) from M. Reinhart and Pearce
3 - Leach (1) from Benoit and Wand
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (41 Saves, 4 GA)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Edmonton 4 Kootenay 3 Playoff Game #2

Edmonton, Alb – The Edmonton Oil Kings have taken a 2-0 lead in the series with a 4-3 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL playoff action on Sunday night.

The ICE opened the scoring early in the first period as Drew Czerwonka deflected a low shot by Max Reinhart that went over the goalies’ blocker.
The Oil Kings had a very long 5-on-3 powerplay and scored on the following one-man advantage with Michael St. Croix tying the game 1-1.
The ICE took a 2-1 lead just as a powerplay ended with Max Reinhart sending a pass from the blueline to the far crease for Jesse Ismond to redirect into the net.

In the second period the Oil Kings tied the game 2-2 on a powerplay goal by Tyler Maxwell. ICE goalie Nathan Lieuwen was interfered with earlier on the play and lost his stick and balance.
After serving a penalty Joey Leach joined the ICE on the rush for a 3-on-1 break and scored with a shot high on the stick side. Spencer Wand earned his 1st career playoff assist on the goal.

In the third period the Oil Kings scored 2 goals in a span of 1:43 with Curtis Lazar on a 3-on-2 and Keegan Lowe with a slap shot from the blueline.

Game 3 is Wednesday in Cranbrook.

The ICE All-Time record in the playoffs when they lose the 1st 2 games of series 5 times 2-3 and when they lose the 1st 2 games on the road 3 times 0-3.

ICE Scratches – Jeff Hubic, Luke Paulsen, Jon Martin.

Game Summary
Edmonton leads series 2-0.

1st Period
1, Kootenay, Czerwonka 1 (M.Reinhart), 1:00.
2, Edmonton, St. Croix 2 (Foster, Maxwell), 8:46 (PP).
3, Kootenay, Ismond 1 (M.Reinhart, Pearce), 16:47.
Penalties-Antilla Ktn (cross checking), 6:42; Reinhart Ktn (checking from behind), 7:10; Sautner Edm (interference), 14:47.

2nd Period
4, Edmonton, Maxwell 1 (St. Croix, Lazar), 2:37 (PP).
5, Kootenay, Leach 1 (Benoit, Wand), 12:49. Penalties-Montgomery Ktn (tripping), 1:16; Ismond Ktn (interference, roughing), 6:24; Lowe Edm (roughing), 6:24; St. Croix Edm (tripping), 9:46; Czerwonka Ktn (slashing), 10:40; Leach Ktn (roughing), 10:40; Reinhart Edm (roughing), 10:40.

3rd Period
6, Edmonton, Lazar 2 (Pelss), 15:05.
7, Edmonton, Lowe 1 (Legault, Pysyk), 16:48.
Penalties-Montgomery Ktn (checking from behind), 4:13; Peddle Edm (slashing), 7:12; Reinhart Ktn (slashing), 12:46; Legault Edm (elbowing), 19:30; Czerwonka Ktn (roughing), 19:44; Reinhart Edm (roughing), 19:44.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 8-4-13-25. Edmonton 20-13-12-45.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 0 / 4; Edmonton 2 / 7.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 0-2-0-0 (45 shots-41 saves). Edmonton, Brossoit 2-0-0-0 (25 shots-22 saves).
A-8,463
Referees-Curtis Howe (27), Reagan Vetter (79).
Linesmen-Cody Huseby (88), Cory Lundquist (128).

Trivia Playoff Game #2

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

What is the ICE playoff record for most shots in a game?

ANSWER – The ICE had 80 shots on goal on March 25/03 in a 4 overtime game vs Kamloops.

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Kootenay @ Edmonton Playoff Game #2

The Kootenay ICE are in Edmonton today for game 2 of their 1st round playoff series against the Oil Kings.
Oil Kings lead the series 1-0.
Game #1 in Edmonton - Oil Kings 3-0. Laurent Brossoit 29 saves and 1 assist, Curtis Lazar 1-1-2.
It's the second year in a row the ICE have opened the playoffs with a shutout loss. Last year they lost 4-0 at home to Moose Jaw.
The ICE have scored 6 goals in 6 games against Laurent Brossoit this season.
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 4:30 on The Drive.

Leaders
ICE
Goals –
Assists –
Points –
Defenseman –
Rookie –
PM – 6 Jesse Ismond
+/- - +0 9 players
Avg – 3.00 Nathan Lieuwen

Oil Kings
Goals – 1 Mitchell Moroz, Michael St. Croix, Curtis Lazar
Assists – 1 Curtis Lazar, Travis Ewanyk, Tyler Maxwell, Dylan Wruck, Laurent Brossoit
Points – 2 Curtis Lazar
Defenseman –
Rookie – 2 Curtis Lazar
PM – 4 Keegan Lowe
+/- - +2 Curtis Lazar, Mitchell Moroz
Avg – 0.00 Laurent Brossoit

Road
Nathan Lieuwen 0-1 3.00 .893%

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day Off Thoughts

The ICE and Oil Kings series will continue Sunday afternoon with game 2 of their 1st round series as the Rexall Place is being used for an Edmonton Rush Lacrosse game.
Saturday afternoon the ICE practiced at the home of the NAIT Ooks.



Steele Boomer, a member of last years Championship team, is attending NAIT to become a pilot.
The Ooks hockey team lost last night 3-2 in double overtime to the Augustana Vikings in Game 4 of the ACAC Championship. The Vikings won the series 3-1. The Ooks win Silver medal.

The ICE had a record of 16-3 in last year playoff run and 2 of the 3 losses were shutouts.
The ICE were shutout twice last year in the 1st round to Moose Jaw.
Last night was the 7th time the ICE have been shutout in a playoff game.

It was a frustrating loss as all 3 Edmonton goals came right after the ICE had their best scoring chances. That has been the story in almost all of the 7 head-to-head meetings this year.

How many of you were at the Rec-Plex on March 13, 2010 when Laurent Brossoit made his 1st WHL start and 3rd WHL appearance in Kootenay and made 49 saves in a 2-1 los to the ICE?

As mentioned on the broadcast, one of the keys to the series is the Oil Kings group of mobile defensemen. They have 3 NHL drafted Dmen, Pysyk 1st round, Lowe 3rd round and Gernat 5th round. Plus Reinhart with be a top 10 pick this year, Sautner will be at least a 3rd round pick this year and the talk is Corbett and Geertsen will be solid picks in 2013. This looks like the Kelowna Rockets during their stretch of Championships. Maybe the only negative for this year is they are mostly 17 and 18 year olds.

There are no injury reports in the playoffs so unless a team reveals why a player is not playing it's best not to believe any unconfirmed reports. Even during the regular season there were many wrong reports as some tried to guess at the upper body or lower body injuries. When it comes to injuries it's best to report "unknown" than to get the wrong message sent to the public.

Which team is happier to have a day off between games?

What is it like for Paul Reinhart with 3 sons in one playoff series, hear the interview on Sunday.

Just so you know the ICE all-time Playoff series record when they ...
Lose game 1 - 13 times 7-6
Lose game 1 on the road - 6 2-4 (won 2011 vs Portland, 2000 vs Calgary)
Lose 1st 2 games - 5 2-3
Lose 1st 2 games on the road - 3 0-3
Split 1st 2 games - 12 7-5
Split 1st 2 games on the road - 6 4-2

Friday, March 23, 2012

Edmonton 3 Kootenay 0 Playoff Game #1

Edmonton, Alb – Edmonton Oil King goalie Laurent Brossoit made 29 saves and earned an assist in a 3-0 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL playoff action on Friday night.

The Oil Kings scored the first goal of the game with 6 seconds left in the first period as they had a 3-on-2 break and Mitchell Moroz scored on a rebound.

In the third period the Oil Kings had a 2-on-1 break and Michael St. Croix’s attempted pass went off an ICE player into the net.
Late in the period the ICE were stopped on a 3-on-1 break and Curtis Lazar went the other way on an odd-man rush and scored with a backhand shot.

The Oil Kings, who earned their 1st ever regular season win against the ICE, have their 1st career playoff win.
Laurent Brossoit have given up 6 goals against in 6 games against Kootenay this season.

Game 2 is Sunday in Edmonton.

The ICE had 12 players in the line-up who were on last years’ WHL Championship team … Nathan Lieuwen, Jagger Dirk, Elgin Pearce, Sam Reinhart, Jesse Ismond, Drew Czerwonka, Joe Antilla, Brock Montgomery, Erik Benoit, Max Reinhart, Joey Leach, John Neibrandt.
6 ICE players played in their 1st WHL Playoff game … Spencer Wand, Tanner Muth, Jaedon Descheneau, Luke Philp, Mike Simpson, Levi Cable.

ICE Scratches – Jeff Hubic, Luke Paulsen, Jon Martin.

Game Summary
Edmonton leads series 1-0.

1st Period
1, Edmonton, Moroz 1 (Lazar, Ewanyk), 19:54.
Penalties-Antilla Ktn (holding), 16:40.

2nd Period
No Scoring.
Penalties-Czerwonka Ktn (roughing), 2:25; Ewanyk Edm (roughing), 2:25; McKinlay Ktn (tripping), 5:42; Legault Edm (slashing), 10:06; Reinhart Edm (delay of game), 11:51; Pysyk Edm (checking from behind), 19:41.

3rd Period
2, Edmonton, St. Croix 1 (Maxwell, Wruck), 7:07.
3, Edmonton, Lazar 1 (Brossoit), 16:41.
Penalties-Muth Ktn (tripping), 1:24; Czerwonka Ktn (roughing), 9:37; Lowe Edm (roughing), 9:37; Ismond Ktn (slashing), 9:57; Rachinski Edm (tripping), 12:25; Leach Ktn (cross checking), 19:37; Ismond Ktn (cross checking, roughing), 19:45; Wand Ktn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:45; Lowe Edm (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:45; Peddle Edm (roughing), 19:45.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 9-14-6-29. Edmonton 13-3-11-27.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 0 / 4; Edmonton 0 / 5.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 0-1 (27 shots-24 saves). Edmonton, Brossoit 1-0 (29 shots-29 saves).
A-8,939
Referees-Chris Crich (80), Adam Byblow (23).
Linesmen-Darren Spurgeon (131), Cody Huseby (88).

Trivia Playoff Game #1

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

What is the ICE All-Time Playoff record when they did not have home-ice advantage in a series?

ANSWER – 13 times the ICE have not had home-ice and have won the series 7 times and lost 6.

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Kootenay @ Edmonton Playoff Game #1

The Kootenay ICE are in Edmonton tonight for game 1 of the 1st round playoff series.
It's the first ever playoff meeting.
During the regular season the Oil Kings won all 6 meetings, 2 in overtime and 1 in an overtime shootout.
The ICE are in the playoffs for the 14th consecutive season and are the defending WHL Champions.
The Oil Kings won the WHL regular season banner.
Of the active players career playoff experience the ICE have the 4th most most games played (282), led by Joe Antilla and Max Reinhart with 29 games each.
The Oil Kings are ranked 14th (96) are a led by Tyler Maxwell with 16 (w/Everett) and 11 for Jordan Peddle (w/Swift Current).

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

Regular Season Leaders
ICE
Goals – 28 Max Reinhart, 28 Sam Reinhart
Assists – 50 Max Reinhart, 39 Jesse Ismond
Points – 78 Max Reinhart, 62 Sam Reinhart
Defenseman – 43 Joey Leach, 29 Jagger Dirk
Rookie – 62 Sam Reinhart, 14 Jaedon Descheneau
PM – 105 Jesse Ismond, 101 Jagger Dirk, 98 Spencer Wand,
+/- - +23 Joey Leach, +22 Jagger Dirk
Avg – 2.50 Nathan Lieuwen, 3.12 Mackenzie Skapski

Oil Kings
Goals – 45 Michael St. Croix
Assists – 60 Michael St. Croix
Points – 105 Michael St. Croix
Defenseman – 55 Martin Gernat
Rookie – 55 Martin Gernat
PM – 139 Keegan Lowe
+/- - +41 Martin Gernat
Avg – 2.47 Laurent Brossoit, 2.93 Tristan Jarry

Head to Head
ICE
Max Reinhart 2-5-7
Sam Reinhart 2-2-4
Jesse Ismond 1-2-3
Jagger Dirk 2-0-2
Joey Leach 1-1-2
Joe Antilla 0-2-2
Nathan Lieuwen 0-1-2-1 2.62 .920%
Mackenzie Skapski 0-2-0-0 4.50 .839%

Oil Kings
Dylan Wruck 0-7-7
Michael St. Croix 3-2-5
T.J. Foster 2-3-5
Rhett Rachinski 2-3-5
Mark Pysyk 1-3-4
Martin Gernat 0-4-4
Stephane Legault 1-2-3
Laurent Brosssoit 5-0-0-0 1.17 .958%
Tristan Jarry 1-0-0-0 3.75 .879%

Home
Max Reinhart 11-25-36
Jesse Ismond 9-21-30
Dylen McKinlay 11-14-25
Sam Reinhart 13-11-24
Joey Leach 8-16-24
Elgin Pearce 13-9-22
Brock Montgomery 10-12-22
Joe Antilla 6-15-21
Erik Benoit 6-8-16
Drew Czerwonka 7-9-16
Mackenzie Skapski 5-4-0-2 2.38 .912%
Nathan Lieuwen 14-8-3-0 2.60 .911% 1 SO

Road
Max Reinhart 17-25-42
Sam Reinhart 15-23-38
Jesse Ismond 7-18-25
Joe Antilla 8-15-23
Brock Montgomery 12-10-22
Joey Leach 4-15-19
Jagger Dirk 4-13-17
Drew Czerwonka 7-9-16
Erik Benoit 6-9-15
Dylen McKinlay 4-10-14
Nathan Lieuwen 13-12-3-2 2.41 .917% 2 SO
Mackenzie Skapski 4-2-0-0 4.19 .861%

Thursday, March 22, 2012

1st Round Matchups

Edmonton – 96 GP
Kootenay – 282 GP MC 56 GP
History – 1st meeting.
Season – Edmonton 6-0-0-0, Kootenay 0-3-2-1.
October 5th in Edmonton – Oil Kings 2-1 SO
October 12th in Kootenay – Oil Kings 6-1
January 14th in Edmonton – Oil Kings 3-2 OT
February 7th in Edmonton – Oil Kings 3-1
February 29th in Kootenay – Oil Kings 3-1
March 14th in Kootenay – Oil Kings 5-4 OT

GP – 29 Antilla, 29 M.Reinhart, 28 Leach, 27 Ismond, 23 Czerwonka, 22 Lieuwen, 22 Pearce, 19 Dirk, 19 Paulsen,
G - 17 M.Reinhart, 9 Antilla, 5 Ismond, 4 McKinlay, 3 Czerwonka,
A - 13 M.Reinhart, 12 Ismond, 9 Antilla, 6 Leach, 5 Pearce, 5 Czerwonka,
Pts – 30 M.Reinhart, 18 Antilla, 17 Ismond, 9 McKinlay,
PM – 53 Ismond, 28 Leach, 20 M.Reinhart, 18 Czerwonka,
W - 16 Lieuwen,
Avg – 2.21 Lieuwen,
SO – 3 Lieuwen,
Coach – Kris Knoblauch – 19 16-3 .842% MC 5 2-3 .400%
Game 7 – Kootenay 4 1-3 .250%
MC – Kootenay 12 5-7

GP – 16 Maxwell, 11 Peddle, 8 Mark Pysyk, 8 Foster, 8 Rachinski,
G - 9 Maxwell,
A - 5 Maxwell,
Pts – 14 Maxwell,
PM –
W -
Avg – 3.58 Brossoit,
SO –
Coach – Derek Laxdal – 4 0-4 .000%
Game 7 – Edmonton 0 0-0 .000%
MC – Edmonton

Moose Jaw – 198 GP MC 4 GP
Regina – 80 GP
History – 6th meeting. 04 1st round Moose Jaw 4-0, 02 2nd round Moose Jaw 4-2, 98 1st round Regina 4-0, 87 1st round Moose Jaw 3-0, 86 Round-Robin.
Season – Moose Jaw 4-2-2-0, Regina 4-2-2-0.

GP – 45 Henry, 35 Miller, 25 Braes, 19 Beach,
G - 9 Henry, 6 Miller, 5 Howden,
A - 10 Henry, 7 Beach, 6 Rielly,
Pts – 19 Henry, 10 Miller, 9 Howden,
PM – 57 Henry, 36 McIlrath, 23 Miller, 22 McFaull,
W -
Avg – 5.53 Siemens,
SO –
Coach – Mike Stothers
Game 7 – Moose Jaw 3 1-2 .333%
MC – Moose Jaw

GP – 24 Marantz, 21 Jobke,
G - 4 Marantz,
A - 7 Marantz,
Pts – 11 Marantz,
PM – 21 Jobke,
W -
Avg –
SO –
Coach – Pat Conacher
Game 7 – Regina 4 1-3 .250%
MC – Regina 12 5-7

Calgary – 230 GP MC 11 GP
Brandon – 215 GP MC 22 GP
History – 6th meeting. 10 East Final Calgary 4-1, 09 East Final Calgary 4-0, 07 2nd round Calgary 4-2, 05 2nd round Brandon 4-3, 98 East Final Brandon 4-1.
Season – Calgary 3-1-0-0, Brandon 1-3-0-0.

GP – 47 Bowman, 39 Sutherland, 35 Sylvester, 32 Macek, 31 Bubnick,
G - 11 Sylvester, 9 Macek,
A - 13 Macek, 12 Bowman, 11 Macek, 9 Sutherland,
Pts – 20 Macek, 17 Sylvester, 15 Macek, 13 Bowman, 10 Sutherland,
PM – 33 Sutherland, 27 Sylvester, 20 Bowman,
W -
Avg – 3.09 Glover
SO –
Coach – Mike Williamson - 77 40-37 .519% MC 4 2-2 .500%
Game 7 – Calgary 8 4-4 .500%
MC – Calgary 8 4-4

GP – 39 Melnychuk, 33 Stone, 24 Dziurzynski, 21 Ciarelli, 21 Ferland,
G - 7 Ferland, 6 Dziurzynski, 4 Melnychuk, 4 Walker,
A - 15 Stone, 10 Dziurzynski, 9 Melnychuk, 9 Walker,
Pts – 18 Stone, 16 Dziurzynski, 13 Melnychuk, 10 Ferland,
PM – 33 Dziurzynski,
W - 1 Boes,
Avg – 5.00 Anderson, 5.42 Boes,
SO –
Coach – Cory Clouston 44 20-24 .455%
Game 7 – Brandon 7 6-1 .857%
MC – Brandon 18 7-11

Medicine Hat – 307 GP MC 5 GP
Saskatoon – 193 GP
History – 7th meeting. 06 2nd round Medicine Hat 4-0, 90 1st round Saskatoon 3-0, 88 East Final Medicine Hat 4-0, 87 East Final Medicine Hat 4-3, 86 Round-Robin, 73 WHL Final Medicine Hat 3-0-2.
Season – Medicine Hat 1-1-1-1, Saskatoon 3-1-0-0.

GP – 38 Konan, 28 Grbavac, 27 McKay, 27 Etem, 26 Kessy, 25 Bredo, 24 Bunz, 22 Theriau, 19 Hurley,
G - 17 Etem, 10 Grbavac, 4 Shinkaruk, 4 Kessy, 3 Leier,
A - 14 Etem, 11 Konan, 10 Kessy, 8 Grbavac, 7 Theriau, 6 Kessy, 5 Shinkaruk,
Pts – 31 Etem, 18 Grbavac, 12 Konan, 9 Shinkaruk,
PM – 47 Kessy, 45 Grbavac, 35 Konan, 19 McKay,
W - 10 Bunz,
Avg – 3.05 Bunz,
SO – 1 Bunz,
Coach – Shaun Clouston – 15 8-7 .533%
Game 7 – Medicine Hat 10 7-3 .700%
MC – Medicine Hat 20 12-8 .600%

GP – 27 Nicholls,
G - 6 Nicholls, 3 Benson, 3 Trask,
A - 7 Nicholls, 6 Stransky,
Pts – 13 Nicholls, 9 Stransky, 8 Benson,
PM – 26 Siemens,
W -
Avg –
SO –
Coach – Lorne Molleken – 115 57-58 .496% MC 4 1-3 .250%
Game 7 – Saskatoon 7 1-6 .143%
MC – Saskatoon 4 2-2

Tri City - 359 GP
Everett – 97 GP
History – 3rd meeting. 09 1st round Tri City 4-1, 06 1st round Everett 4-1.
Season – Tri City 6-2-0-0, Everett 2-5-1-0.

GP – 57 Hughesman, 46 Wilgosh, 43 J.Messier, 43 Feser, 43 Shinnimin, 39 Yuen, 32 Holland,
G - 13 J.Messier, 12 Feser, 12 Shinnimin, 10 Hughesman, 7 Holland, 3 Wilgosh,
A - 29 Shinnimin, 24 Hughesman, 21 Feser, 11 Holland, 10 J.Messier, 7 Wilgosh,
Pts – 41 Shinnimin, 34 Hughesman, 33 Feser, 23 J.Messier, 18 Holland, 10 Wilgosh,
PM – 61 Shinnimin, 39 Hughesman, 26 Yuen, 22 Feser,
W -
Avg – 3.00 Comrie, 6.08 Rimmer,
SO –
Coach – Jim Hiller – 41 20-21 .488%
Game 7 – Tri City 2 1-1 .500%
MC – Tri City

GP –
G - 3 Murray,
A - 8 Murray,
Pts – 11 Murray,
PM – 19 Caron,
W -
Avg –
SO –
Coach – Mark Ferner 6 2-4 .333%
Game 7 – Everett 3 2-1 .667%
MC – Everett

Kamloops – 87 GP
Victoria – 103 GP MC 5 GP
History – 1st meeting.
Season – Kamloops 7-1-0-0, Victoria 1-6-1-0.

GP – 30 Schaber,
G - 3 Smith, 3 Madaisky,
A - 6 Ranford,
Pts – 8 Ranford,
PM –
W -
Avg –
SO –
Coach – Guy Charron – 4 0-4 .000%
Game 7 – Kamloops 3 2-1 .667%
MC – Kamloops 25 15-10, 42 26-16 (Kamloops/New Westminster)

GP – 29 Rintoul,
G - 3 Crooks, 3 Soudek,
A - 8 Rintoul,
Pts – 10 Rintoul,
PM –
W -
Avg – 2.94 Hamilton,
SO –
Coach – Marc Habscheid - 95 54-41 .568% MC 8 5-3 .625%
Game 7 – Chilliwack 0 0-0 .000%
MC – Chilliwack

Portland - 326 GP
Kelowna – 216 GP MC 1 GP
History – 2nd meeting. 11 2nd round Portland 4-2.
Season – Portland 4-0-0-0, Kelowna 0-3-0-1.

GP – 34 Rutkowski, 34 Moorow, 34 Rattie, 32 Carruth, 29 Ross, 23 Peters, 22 Wotherspoon, 21 Bartschi,
21 Leipsic, 21 Wrenn, Pouliot,
G - 11 Rattie, 10 Bartschi, 8 Rutkowski, 6 Morrow, 6 Ross, 3 Peters, 3 Wotherspoon, 3 Leipsic,
A - 17 Bartschi, 16 Morrow, 15 Rattie, 12 Rutkowski, 9 Ross,
Pts – 27 Bartschi, 26 Rattie, 22 Morrow, 20 Rutkowski, 15 Ross,
PM – 69 Ross, 34 Rattie, 33 Morrow, 24 Rutkowski,
W - 18 Carruth,
Avg – 3.28 Carruth,
SO – 1 Carruth,
Coach – Mike Johnston – 34 19-15 .559%
Game 7 – Portland 9 3-6 .333%
MC – Portland 16 10-6, 18 10-8 (Portland/Edmonton)

GP – 34 Main, 28 McColgan, 22 Bulmer, 21 Astles, 20 Lyon, 18 Chapman,
G - 9 McColgan, 7 Bulmer, 3 Sissons, 3 Main, 3 Astles,
A - 14 McColgan,
Pts – 23 McColgan, 11 Bulmer,
PM – 31 Lyon, 30 McColgan,
W - 6 Brown,
Avg – 3.64 Brown,
SO –
Coach – Ryan Huska – 51 30-21 .588% MC 4 2-2 .500%
Game 7 – Kelowna 5 2-3 .400%
MC – Kelowna 15 7-8

Vancouver – 131 GP
Spokane 275 GP
History – 3rd meeting. 09 2nd round Vancouver 4-3, 08 2nd round Spokane 4-2.
Season – Vancouver 2-0-0-0, Spokane 0-1-0-1.

GP – 36 Gallagher, 31 Manning, 20 Musil,
G - 14 Gallagher,
A - 12 Manning, 12 Gallagher,
Pts – 26 Gallagher, 13 Manning,
PM – 40 Gallagher,
W -
Avg –
SO –
Coach – Don Hay – 162 101-61 .623% MC 18 14-4 .778%
Game 7 – Vancouver 2 1-1 .500%
MC – Vancouver 10 6-4 .600%

GP – 36 Kuhn, 36 Baldwin, 35 Gal, 32 Kichton, 23 Uher,
G - 9 Gal, 6 Holmberg, 6 Kuhn, 5 Kramer,
A - 10 Kichton, 10 Kuhn, 9 Valcourt, 9 Uher,
Pts – 16 Kuhn, 13 Kichton, 11 Kichton, 11 Uher, 10 Valcourt,
PM – 21 Kramer, 20 Gal, 20 Uher,
W -
Avg – 4.66 Williams, 10.68 Engel,
SO –
Coach – Don Nachbaur – 111 52-59 .468%
Game 7 – Spokane 8 4-4 .500%
MC – Spokane 12 9-3 .750%

WHL Active Players Playoff Experience Stats

Active Players Playoff Experience (MC = Memorial Cup Experience)

1. Tri City – 359 GP
2. Portland – 326 GP
3. Medicine Hat – 307 GP MC 5 GP
4. Kootenay – 282 GP MC 56 GP
5. Spokane – 275 GP
6. Calgary - 230 GP MC 11 GP
7. Kelowna – 216 GP MC 1 GP
8. Brandon - 215 GP MC 22 GP
9. Moose Jaw – 198 GP MC 4 GP
10. Saskatoon – 193 GP
11. Vancouver – 131 GP
12. Victoria – 103 GP MC 5 GP
13. Everett - 97 GP
14. Edmonton – 96 GP
15. Kamloops – 87 GP
16. Regina – 80 GP

Games Played
57 Hughesman
47 Bowman
46 Wilgosh
45 Henry
43 J.Messier
43 Feser
43 Shinnimin
39 Melnychuk
39 Sutherland
39 Yuen
38 Konan
36 Kuhn
36 Baldwin
36 Gallagher
35 Sylvester
35 Miller
35 Gal
29 Antilla, 29 M.Reinhart, 28 Leach, 27 Ismond, 23 Czerwonka, 22 Lieuwen, 22 Pearce, 19 Dirk, 19 Paulsen

Goals
17 M.Reinhart
17 Etem
14 Gallagher
13 J.Messier
12 Feser
12 Shinnimin
11 Sylvester
11 Rattie
10 Grbavac
10 Bartschi
10 Hughesman
9 Antilla
9 Macek
9 Maxwell
9 McColgan
9 Henry
9 Gal
5 Ismond, 4 McKinlay, 3 Czerwonka

Assists
29 Shinnimin
24 Hughesman
21 Feser
17 Bartschi
16 Morrow
15 Stone
15 Rattie
14 Etem
14 McColgan
13 M.Reinhart
13 Macek
12 Ismond
12 Bowman
12 Manning
12 Rutkowski
12 Gallagher
9 Antilla, 6 Leach, 5 Pearce, 5 Czerwonka

Points
41 Shinnimin
34 Hughesman
33 Feser
31 Etem
30 M.Reinhart
27 Bartschi
26 Rattie
26 Gallagher
23 McColgan
23 J.Messier
22 Morrow
20 Macek
20 Rutkowski
19 Henry
18 Antilla
18 Stone
18 Grbavac
18 Holland
17 Ismond, 9 McKinlay

Penalty Minutes
69 Ross
61 Shinnimin
57 Henry
53 Ismond
47 Kessy
45 Grbavac
40 Gallagher
39 Hughesman
36 McIlrath
35 Konan
34 Rattie
33 Dziurzynski
33 Sutherland
33 Morrow
31 Lyon
30 McColgan
28 Leach
27 Sylvester
20 M.Reinhart, 18 Czerwonka

Wins
18 Carruth
16 Lieuwen
10 Bunz
6 Brown
2 Simpson
1 Boes

Goals Against Average
2.21 Lieuwen
2.62 Simpson
2.94 Hamilton
3.00 Comrie
3.05 Bunz
3.09 Glover
3.28 Carruth
3.58 Brossoit
3.64 Brown
4.66 Williams
5.00 Anderson
5.42 Boes
5.53 Siemens
6.08 Rimmer
10.68 Engel

Shutouts
3 Lieuwen
1 Simpson
1 Bunz
1 Carruth

Coach Wins
Don Hay – 162 101-61 .623% MC 18 14-4 .778%
Lorne Molleken – 115 57-58 .496% MC 4 1-3 .250%
Marc Habscheid - 95 54-41 .568% MC 8 5-3 .625%
Don Nachbaur – 111 52-59 .468%
Mike Williamson - 77 40-37 .519% MC 4 2-2 .500%
Ryan Huska – 51 30-21 .588% MC 4 2-2 .500%
Jim Hiller – 41 20-21 .488%
Cory Clouston 44 20-24 .455%
Mike Johnston – 34 19-15 .559%
Kris Knoblauch – 19 16-3 .842% MC 5 2-3 .400%
Shaun Clouston – 15 8-7 .533%
Mark Ferner – 12 4-8 .333%
Derek Laxdal – 4 0-4 .000%
Guy Charron – 4 0-4 .000%
Mike Stothers
Pat Conacher

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WHL Year-End

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Tyler Bunz (St. Albert, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers
Defenceman – Alex Petrovic (Edmonton, AB), Red Deer Rebels
Defenceman – Ryan Pulock (Dauphin, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Emerson Etem (Long Beach, CA), Medicine Hat Tigers*
Forward – Mark Stone (Winnipeg, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings*
Forward – Jordan Weal (North Vancouver, BC), Regina Pats

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Nathan Lieuwen (Abottsford, BC), Kootenay Ice
Defenceman – Mark Pysyk (Sherwood Park, AB), Edmonton Oil Kings
Defenceman – Brandon Davidson (Taber, AB), Regina Pats
Forward – Michael St. Croix (Winnipeg, MB), Edmonton Oil Kings
Forward – Max Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay Ice
Forward – Michael Ferland (Brandon, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
*-Indicates unanimous selection
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The WHL announced the Eastern Conference Finalists in the following categories.


WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay Ice

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy
Eastern Conference – Tyler Bunz (St. Albert, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Alex Petrovic (Edmonton, AB), Red Deer Rebels

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy
Eastern Conference – Mark Stone (Winnipeg, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Jimmy Bubnick (Saskatoon, SK), Calgary Hitmen

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Pat Conacher, Regina Pats

WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Bob Green, Edmonton Oil Kings

WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Taylor Vause (Calgary, AB), Swift Current Broncos

WHL Marketing / Business Award
Eastern Conference – Moose Jaw Warriors

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Edmonton Oil Kings: GP – 72 W – 50 L – 15 OTL – 3 SL – 4 Pts – 107

WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy
Brendan Shinnimin – (Winnipeg, MB) Tri-City Americans
GP – 69 G – 58 A – 76 Pts – 134 PIM - 82

Monday, March 19, 2012

From The ICE Office

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE finished the 2011-2012 regular season with a 36-26-6-4 record (19-12-3-2 at home, 17-14-3-2 on the road, 2-6 in overtime, 3-4 in shootouts) and in eighth place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE and 13th overall in the WHL...The ICE finished the 2011- 2012 regular season with an above .500 record for the 13th consecutive season, which is the longest active streak in the WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE...KOOTENAY finished the regular season with a .500 or better road record for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons...The ICE are in the post-season for the 14th consecutive year and will be facing the EDMONTON OIL KINGS for the first time in franchise history.

PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: The ICE have a career playoff record of 85-59 (46-25 at home, 39-35 on the road, 22-11 in overtime)... KOOTENAY has 282 games of playoff experience which is the fourth most of the teams who qualified for the post season...JOE ANTILLA (29), MAX REINHART (29) and JOEY LEACH (28) lead the ICE in games played in the playoffs.

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL: Game One for the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL vs EDMONTON presented by KAL-TIRE and HUSKY, will be played on the road Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm and Game Two on Sunday, March 25th at 5:00 pm...Game Three and Game Four will return to CRANBROOK on Wednesday, March 28th and Thursday, March 29th...The puck will drop for both games at 7:00 pm...Individual game tickets are now available at the KOOTENAY ICE Office or by phone at 250-417-0322.

PLAYOFF PACKAGES AVAILABLE: 2012 playoff packages are now available to the general public at the KOOTENAY ICE Office...Eight game ticket packages are $136.00 for Adults, $112.00 for Seniors, $96.00 for Students, and $72.00 for Youth...Fans without season tickets or flex paks that wish to purchase playoff packages can do so with a $100 non-refundable deposit on 2012-2013 season tickets...For more information on playoff packages, phone 250-417-0322.

DID YOU KNOW: The ICE were 0-3-2-1 against EDMONTON this season (0-2-1-0 at home, 0-1- 1-1 on the road, 0-2 in overtime, 0-1 in shootouts)...MAX REINHART (2-5-7) led the team in scoring against the OIL KINGS...NATHAN LIEUWEN finished the season third in the WHL in goals against average (2.50) and tied for fifth in save percentage (.914)...LIEUWEN set a franchise record for the most wins by a goaltender with 85 (82 career wins was the old record held by TAYLOR DAKERS - 2003-2007)...SAM REINHART (28-34-62) finished the regular season tied for fourth in the LEAGUE for points by a rookie...JOEY LEACH recorded his 100th WHL career point on March 16 against CALGARY...SPENCER WAND recorded his first WHL career goal against EDMONTON on March 14.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 72 games of the 2010-2011 season the ICE were 47-20-1-4.
UPCOMING WEEK:
Tuesday March 20 Wednesday March 21 Thursday March 22 Friday March 23 Saturday March 24 Sunday March 25
Practice 12:00 - 2:00 pm Practice 12:00 - 2:00 pm Practice 9:00 - 10:30 am ICE @ Edmonton Practice 2:15 - 3:00 pm ICE @ Edmonton
Cranbrook Rec Plex Cranbrook Rec Plex Cranbrook Rec Plex
7:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)
NAIT
5:00 pm (102.9 FM - The Drive)
For More Information Contact: Tiffany Harris
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Wednesday, March 14 – Kootenay 4 vs Edmonton 6 - OT - Record 35-25-5-4 – Attendance: 2,896
Goals:
1 - Leach (11) from M. Reinhart and S. Reinhart
2 - Wand (1)
3 - Montgomery (22) from Antilla and M. Reinhart
4 - Dirk (7)
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (27 Saves, 5 GA)
Friday, March 16 – Kootenay 5 vs Calgary 6 - OT – Record 36-25-6-4 – Attendance: 2,840 Goals:
1 - S. Reinhart (28) from Leach
2 - Ismond (16) from Montgomery and McKinlay
3 - Benoit (14) from Leach and Cable
4 - Pearce (21) from Antilla and Montgomery 5 - Leach (12) from Ismond and S. Reinhart Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (29 Saves, 6 GA)
Saturday, March 17 – Kootenay 0 @ Calgary 3 – Record 36-26-6-4 – Attendance: 14,982 Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (14 Saves, 3 GA)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Monthly Records

Kootenay – 8 2-4-2-0 6
Calgary - 8 6-2-0-0 12
Edmonton - 8 8-0-0-0 16
Lethbridge - 8 3-5-0-0 6
Medicine Hat - 7 3-3-0-1 7
Red Deer - 9 3-6-0-0 6

Brandon - 8 5-2-0-1 11
Moose Jaw - 9 6-2-1-0 13
Prince Albert - 9 1-8-0-0 2
Regina - 8 4-3-1-0 9
Saskatoon - 9 4-4-1-0 9
Swift Current - 7 4-3-0-0 8

Kamloops - 8 3-4-1-0 7
Kelowna - 8 5-2-1 11
Prince George - 9 5-4-0-0 10
Vancouver - 9 4-3-1-1 10
Victoria - 8 4-3-1-0 9

Everett - 9 5-3-1-0 11
Portland - 9 5-4-0-0 10
Seattle - 10 4-6-0-0 8
Spokane - 8 4-3-1-1 10
Tri City - 9 5-3-1-0 11

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Calgary 3 Kootenay 0 Game #72

Calgary, Alb – Calgary Hitmen goalie Chris Driedger made 25 saves in a 3-0 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Saturday night.

After a scoreless first period the Hitmen (44-25-2-1) scored late in the second period with a shot from defenseman Peter Kosterman.

Early in the third period Jimmy Bubnick was open in the slot for a shot that went off the goalies’ blocker into the net .
Midway through the period Jimmy Bubnick scored again for his 4th goal against the ICE this weekend.

ICE (36-25-6-4) were shutout for the 4th time this season and ended the season with a 5 game losing streak, their longest of the season.

Brock Montgomery, Joey Leach and Jagger Dirk are the only ICE players to play in all 72 regular season games.

Kootenay will play Edmonton in the 1st round of the playoffs and during the regular season the had a record of 0-3-2-1.
Fri Mar 23 at Edmonton 7:00
Sun Mar 25 at Edmonton 5:00

Calgary will play Brandon in the 1st round of the playoffs. During the regular season they had a record of 3-1.

ICE Scratches – Luke Paulsen, Max Reinhart, Drew Czerwonka.

Game Summary
Calgary 44-25-2-1 Kootenay 36-26-6-4

1st Period
No Scoring.
Penalties-Simpson Ktn (major-fighting), 1:11; Rissling Cal (major-fighting), 1:11; McKinlay Ktn (major-fighting), 1:18; Sutherland Cal (major-fighting), 1:18; Antilla Ktn (tripping), 2:34; Rissling Cal (high sticking), 16:51; Trzonkowski Cal (hooking), 19:28.

2nd Period
1, Calgary, Kosterman 2 (Cheek, Chase), 16:13.
Penalties-Wand Ktn (10-minute misconduct), 20:00.

3rd Period
2, Calgary, Bubnick 35 (Chase), 0:20.
3, Calgary, Bubnick 36 (Chase, Virtanen), 9:24.
Penalties-Montgomery Ktn (delay of game), 2:41; Gayle Cal (cross checking), 4:04; Trzonkowski Cal (high sticking), 9:52; Ismond Ktn (10-minute misconduct), 11:59; Muth Ktn (10-minute misconduct), 11:59; Simpson Ktn (major-fighting), 11:59; Brassart Cal (10-minute misconduct), 11:59; Humphries Cal (major-fighting), 11:59; Dirk Ktn (cross checking), 12:35; Bubnick Cal (tripping), 20:00.

Shots on Goal-Kootenay 8-7-10-25. Calgary 5-6-6-17.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 0 / 4; Calgary 0 / 3.
Goalies-Kootenay, Lieuwen 27-20-6-2 (17 shots-14 saves). Calgary, Driedger 24-12-2-1 (25 shots-25 saves).
A-14,982
Referees-Tyler Adair (58), Reagan Vetter (79).
Linesmen-Reid Anderson (53), Aidan Henderson (78).

1st Round Schedule

Fri Mar 23 Kootenay at Edmonton 7:00
Sun Mar 25 Kootenay at Edmonton 5:00
Wed Mar 28 Edmonton at Kootenay 7:00
Thu Mar 29 Edmonton at Kootenay 7:00
Sun Apr 1 Kootenay at Edmonton 2:00
Tue Apr 3 Edmonton at Kootenay 7:00
Wed Apr 4 Kootenay at Edmonton 7:00

Trivia Game #72

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Joey Leach is the 6th ICE defenseman to reach over 100 career points, who were the other 5?

ANSWER – FR 176 Brayden McNabb, 134 Mike Busto, 132 Trevor Johnson, 128 Steve McCarthy, 123 Chad Greenan,

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Kootenay @ Calgary Game #72

The Kootenay ICE are in Calgary tonight to wrap-up the regular season.
The ICE lead the season series 5-2.
September 24 in Kootenay - ICE 5-1
October 2 in Calgary - Hitmen 4-2
October 23 in Calgary - ICE 4-2
February 3 in Kootenay - ICE 2-1
February 12 in Calgary - ICE 4-0
March 3 in Kootenay - ICE 2-1
March 16 in Kootenay - Hitmen 6-5 OT
The ICE are 7th in the Conference and will find out after the game their final spot in the standings and can still finish anywhere from 5th-8th.
The Hitmen are 3rd and can finish 3rd or 4th.
Joey Leach had 3 points yesterday and became the 6th defenseman in team history to reach over 100 career points. (21-80-101)
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 6:30 on The Drive.

Leaders
ICE
Goals – 28 Max Reinhart, 28 Sam Reinhart
Assists – 50 Max Reinhart, 39 Jesse Ismond
Points – 78 Max Reinhart, 62 Sam Reinhart
Defenseman – 43 Joey Leach, 30 Jagger Dirk
Rookie – 62 Sam Reinhart, 14 Jaedon Descheneau
PM – 105 Jesse Ismond, 99 Jagger Dirk, 98 Spencer Wand,
+/- - +25 Joey Leach, +23 Jagger Dirk
Avg – 2.49 Nathan Lieuwen, 3.12 Mackenzie Skapski

Hitmen
Goals – 34 Jimmy Bubnick
Assists – 45 Cody Sylvester
Points – 74 Jimmy Bubnick
Defenseman – 45 Collin Bowman
Rookie – 62 Viktor Rask
PM – 117 Jaynen Risling
+/- - +28 Brock Sutherland
Avg – 2.87 Chris Driedger, 3.11 Brandon Glover

Head to Head
ICE
Sam Reinhart 6-3-9
Brock Montgomery 1-8-9
Joey Leach 2-6-8
Jesse Ismond 2-5-7
Joe Antilla 0-5-5
Nathan Lieuwen 5-1-1-0 2.00 .928% 1 SO

Hitmen
Brooks Macek 2-3-5
Alex Gogolev 1-4-5
Viktor Rask 2-2-4
Jimmy Bubnick 3-0-3
Chris Driedger 1-2-0-0 2.11 .908
Brandon Glover 1-3-0-0 3.99 .826

Streaks
Max Reinhart 3 games 0-4-4, 7 of 8 games 4-8-12
Joey Leach 3 games 3-2-5
Jagger Dirk 2 games 1-1-2
Sam Reinhart 2 games 1-2-3
Joe Antilla 2 games 0-2-2
Brock Montgomery 2 games 1-1-2, 6 of 7 games 3-3-6

Home
Max Reinhart 11-25-36
Jesse Ismond 9-21-30
Dylen McKinlay 11-14-25
Sam Reinhart 13-11-24
Joey Leach 8-16-24
Elgin Pearce 13-9-22
Brock Montgomery 10-11-21
Joe Antilla 6-15-21
Erik Benoit 6-8-16
Drew Czerwonka 7-9-16
Mackenzie Skapski 5-4-0-2 2.38 .912%
Nathan Lieuwen 14-8-3-0 2.60 .911% 1 SO

Road
Max Reinhart 17-25-42
Sam Reinhart 15-23-38
Jesse Ismond 7-18-25
Joe Antilla 8-15-23
Brock Montgomery 12-10-22
Joey Leach 4-15-19
Jagger Dirk 4-13-17
Drew Czerwonka 7-9-16
Erik Benoit 6-9-15
Dylen McKinlay 4-10-14
Nathan Lieuwen 13-11-3-2 2.39 .919% 2 SO
Mackenzie Skapski 4-2-0-0 4.19 .861%

Friday, March 16, 2012

Pics Of The Game

Pics Of The Game from Cranbrook Photo.
They are the official photographers of the Kootenay ICE and are Cranbrook's Foto Source.
For more ICE pictures visit cranbrookphoto.com.
If you have a request of shots of a specific player contact Chris Pullen … chris@cranbrookphoto.com

Co-MVP's Max Reinhart and Nathan Lieuwen
Nathan Lieuwen with a pad save
Jesse Ismond scores a powerplay goal
Erik Benoit makes it 3-0
Joey Leach has goals in 3 straight games
Luke Philp almost has a breakaway
Chris Driedger makes the save of the game against Levi Cable

Calgary 6 Kootenay 5 OT Game #71

Cranbrook, BC – The Calgary Hitmen came back from a 4-0 first period deficit to beat the Kootenay ICE 6-5 in overtime in WHL action on Friday night.

The ICE (36-25-6-4) scored 4 goals in a 3:33 span to jump out to a 4-0 lead. (the Franchise record is 3:23)
Sam Reinhart opened the scoring with a wrist from the low slot that went off the cross bar and into the net.
On the powerplay Jesse Ismond found a loose puck in the slot and notched his 5th PPG of the season.
The ICE made it 3-0 as Joey Leach got his 2nd assist of the period with Erik Benoit putting in a rebound near the crease.
Calgary changed goalies with Chris Driedger replacing Brandon Glover.
Elgin Pearce made it 4-0 with a shot from the middle slot that beat the new goalie low on the stick side.
The Hitmen (43-25-2-1) scored on the powerplay with Viktor Rask getting team leading 14th PPG.

In the second period the ICE were called for 3 penalties in a short stretch that gave the Hitmen two long 5-on-3 powerplays and they scored on a goal mouth scramble with Jimmy Bubnick getting the goal.
The Hitmen won a battle in the ICE zone and got the puck to the blueline for Jaynen Rissling who scored with a slap shot that beat the screened goalie.
ICE defenseman Luke Paulsen left the game in the second and didn’t return to the game.

Early in the third period Joey Leach scored with a wrist shot from the half boards that beat the screened goalie.
Leach has goals in 3 straight games.
Calgary pulled their goalie with 2 minutes left and Jimmy Bubnick scored after receiving a behind the net pass from Alex Gogolev.
Calgary pulled the goalie again and Trevor Cheek threw the puck in the air into the crease and the puck went into the net off of Greg Chases’ arm.

In the overtime the Hitmen scored the winner on the powerplay with Spencer Humphries scoring from the top of the circle.

The ICE have lost 4 games in a row and had the lead in the 3rd ppeiod in all of them.
The 4 goal lead is the biggest lead relinquished by the ICE this season.

The ICE will visit Calgary on Saturday in the final regular season game of the season.
The next home game for the ICE will be games 3 and 4 of the 1st round of the playoffs.

Hitmen record against teams they could face in the 1st round … Saskatoon 2-2, Regina 2-2, Brandon 2-2, Kootenay 2-5.
ICE record against teams they could face in the 1st round … Edmonton 0-3-2-1, Moose Jaw 1-2-1, Medicine Hat 3-3, Calgary 5-0-1.
Hitmen forward 15-year-old Jake Virtanen, who played in his 8th WHL game, was the 1st overall pick in the 2011 Bantam Draft, the ICE selected his cousin Jared in the 8th round of the same draft.

ICE Scratches – Mike Simpson, Max Reinhart (1st game day-to-day) Drew Czerwonka (13th game, lower body, 1-2 weeks).

The ICE handed out their year-end awards.
Co-MVP – Nathan Lieuwen and Max Reinhart
Defenseman – Joey Leach
Rookie – Sam Reinhart
Players’ Award – Nathan Lieuwen
Most Improved – Brock Montgomery
Most Underratted – Jagger Dirk
Community Relations – Drew Czerwonka
Fan’s Club – Sam Reinhart
Scholastic – Jeff Hubic

Game Summary
Calgary 43-25-2-1 Kootenay 36-25-6-4

1st Period
1, Kootenay, S.Reinhart 28 (Leach), 4:51.
2, Kootenay, Ismond 16 (McKinlay, Dirk), 7:24 (PP).
3, Kootenay, Benoit 14 (Leach, Cable), 7:54.
4, Kootenay, Pearce 21 (Antilla, Montgomery), 8:24.
5, Calgary, Rask 33 (Macek, Gogolev), 11:00 (PP).
Penalties-Humphries Cal (roughing), 5:00; Ismond Ktn (roughing), 5:00; Bowman Cal (interference), 6:03; Dirk Ktn (slashing), 9:52; Bubnick Cal (roughing), 11:59; Antilla Ktn (tripping), 13:38.

2nd Period
6, Calgary, Bubnick 33 (Brassart, Macek), 6:50 (PP).
7, Calgary, Rissling 5 (Gogolev, Humphries), 11:03.
Penalties-Wand Ktn (roughing, roughing, 10-minute misconduct), 5:08; Dirk Ktn (high sticking), 6:20; Sylvester Cal (interference), 11:23; Antilla Ktn (tripping), 16:46.

3rd Period
8, Kootenay, Leach 12 (Ismond, Reinhart), 3:25.
9, Calgary, Bubnick 34 (Gogolev, Rask), 19:03.
10, Calgary, Chase 6 (Sylvester, Cheek), 19:18.
Penalties-Brassart Cal (roughing), 11:33; Ismond Ktn (roughing), 11:33; Muth Ktn (checking from behind), 19:47.

OT Period
11, Calgary, Humphries 8 (Macek), 0:59 (PP). Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Calgary 6-15-2-11-34. Kootenay 14-3-9-0-26.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 3 / 6; Kootenay 1 / 3.
Goalies-Calgary, Glover 20-12-0-0 (9 shots-6 saves); Driedger 23-12-2-1 (17 shots-15 saves). Kootenay, Lieuwen 27-19-6-2 (34 shots-28 saves).
A-2,840
Referees-Colin Watt (72), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Michael Roberts (87), Ian Shaver (74).

Trivia Game #71

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

Who have the ICE played the most playoff games against?

ANSWER – 23 times vs Kelowna, 19 vs Calgary.

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Calgary @ Kootenay Game #71

The Kootenay ICE will host the Calgary Hitmen tonight in the first half of a home-and-home.
The ICE lead the season series 5-1.
September 24 in Kootenay - ICE 5-1
October 2 in Calgary - Hitmen 4-2
October 23 in Calgary - ICE 4-2
February 3 in Kootenay - ICE 2-1
February 12 in Calgary - ICE 4-0
March 3 in Kootenay - ICE 2-1
The ICE have lost 3 in a row and are in 7th place in the Conference. They can still finish anywhere from 5th to 8th.
The Hitmen have clinched home ice advantage for the playoffs and can finish 3rd or 4th.
The ICE will hand out their year-end awards before the opening face-off.
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 6:30 on The Drive.

Here is the link to tonight's FREEZE Magazine.
http://issuu.com/kootenayice/docs/march16?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Flight%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true

Leaders
ICE
Goals – 28 Max Reinhart, 27 Sam Reinhart
Assists – 50 Max Reinhart, 38 Jesse Ismond
Points – 78 Max Reinhart, 60 Sam Reinhart
Defenseman – 40 Joey Leach, 29 Jagger Dirk
Rookie – 60 Sam Reinhart, 14 Jaedon Descheneau
PM – 99 Jesse Ismond, 94 Spencer Wand, 93 Jagger Dirk
+/- - +24 Jagger Dirk, +23 Joey Leach
Avg – 2.42 Nathan Lieuwen, 3.12 Mackenzie Skapski

Hitmen
Goals – 32 Jimmy Bubnick, Viktor Rask
Assists – 44 Cody Sylvester
Points – 72 Jimmy Bubnick
Defenseman – 45 Collin Bowman
Rookie – 60 Viktor Rask
PM – 117 Jaynen Risling
+/- - +28 Cody Sylvester, Brock Sutherland
Avg – 2.89 Chris Driedger, 3.03 Brandon Glover

Head to Head
ICE
Brock Montgomery 1-7-8
Sam Reinhart 5-2-7
Jesse Ismond 1-4-5
Joey Leach 1-4-5
Joe Antilla 0-4-4
Nathan Lieuwen 5-1-0-0 1.34 .950% 1 SO

Hitmen
Brooks Macek 2-0-2
Danny Gayle 1-1-2
Alex Gogolev 1-1-2
Viktor Rask 1-1-2
Chris Driedger 0-2-0-0 2.17 .915
Brandon Glover 1-3-0-0 3.30 .844

Streaks
Max Reinhart 3 games 0-4-4, 7 of 8 games 4-8-12

Home
Max Reinhart 11-25-36
Jesse Ismond 8-20-28
Dylen McKinlay 11-13-24
Sam Reinhart 12-10-22
Elgin Pearce 12-9-21
Joey Leach 7-14-21
Brock Montgomery 10-10-20
Joe Antilla 6-14-20
Drew Czerwonka 7-9-16
Erik Benoit 7-8-15
Mackenzie Skapski 5-4-0-2 2.38 .912%
Nathan Lieuwen 14-8-2-0 2.46 .915% 1 SO

Road
Max Reinhart 17-25-42
Sam Reinhart 15-23-38
Jesse Ismond 7-18-25
Joe Antilla 8-15-23
Brock Montgomery 12-10-22
Joey Leach 4-15-19
Jagger Dirk 4-13-17
Drew Czerwonka 7-9-16
Erik Benoit 6-9-15
Dylen McKinlay 4-10-14
Nathan Lieuwen 13-11-3-2 2.39 .919% 2 SO
Mackenzie Skapski 4-2-0-0 4.19 .861%

ICE Prospects Update

Bronson Ammeter
15 year old goalie
Mar 2/96
Starbuck, Man
9th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Manitoba AAA Midget Central Plains 19 GP 7-12-0 4.18 .884% 1 SO

Wyatt Hoflin
16 year old goalie
Jan 31/95
Stony Plain, Alb
2nd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget St. Albert 20 GP 12-6-2 2.38 .903% 2 SO

Jayden Sittler
15 year old goalie
Jan 23/96
Red Deer, Alb
Alberta Minor Midget Red Deer 13 GP 10-0-2 1.97 .930% 1 SO

Jake Dube
15 year old defenseman
Apr 3/96
Cochrane, Alb
5th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta Minor Midget AC Avalanche 27 GP 8-7-15 95pm

Tanner Faith
16 year old defenseman
Oct 5/95
Wilcox, Sask
2nd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 21 GP 3-5-8 32pm

Carter Forsyth
15 year old defenseman
Apr 27/96
Swift Current, Sask
6th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Swift Current 43 GP 3-3-6 61pm

Kyle Krabben
16 year old defenseman
Mar 25/95
Calgary, Alb
6th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Calgary 30 GP 3-7-10 43pm

Joseph Leonidas
15 year old defenseman
June 24/96
Calgary, Alb
11th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta Minor Midget Calgary 29 GP 12-16-30 34pm

Matthew Murray
15 year old defenseman
July 23/96
Kamloops, BC
4th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Midget Thompson 36 GP 0-6-6 112pm

Jordan Steenbergen
15 year old defenseman
Jan 18/96
Sylvan Lake, Alb
3rd round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta Minor Midget Red Deer 29 GP 3-22-25 94pm

Jack Thomas
15 year old defenseman
Jan 17/96
Calgary, Alb
12th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta Minor Midget Calgary 30 GP 1-10-11 24pm

Michael King
18 year old defenseman
Jan 22/93
Prince George, BC
3rd round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
Committed to Colorado College
BCHL Westside 32 GP 4-15-19 14pm

Mathew Alfaro
15 year old forward
Aug 6/96
Calgary, Alb
Alberta AAA Bantam Calgary 23 GP 2-4-6 26pm

Jakson Elynuik
16 year old forward
Feb 28/95
Calgary, Alb
7th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Alberta AAA Midget Calgary 9 GP 3-6-9 6pm

Jared Iron
17 year old forward
Mar 27/94
Canoe Narrows, Sask
8th round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
SJHL La Ronge 47 GP 8-12-20 10pm Playoffs 5 GP 2-1-3 2pm

Braden Jakubowski
15 year old forward
Apr 16/96
Leduc, Alb
10th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta Minor Midget Leduc 34 GP 36-27-63 58pm

Kurt Johnas
17 year old forward
May 21/94
Winnipeg, Man
5th round pick in 2009 Bantam Draft
Manitoba High School Winnipeg
MJHL Steinbach 5 GP 4-0-4 0pm

Doug Morris
16 year old forward
May 8/95
Beaumont, Alb
Alberta AAA Midget Leduc 5 GP 0-3-3 2pm

Kyle O’Connor
15 year old forward
Jan 30/96
Calgary Alb
4th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta Minor Midget Calgary 30 GP 22-24-46 32pm

Luke Philp
16 year old forward
Oct 6/95
Canmore, Alb
3rd round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Kootenay ICE 15 GP 1-1-2 2pm
AJHL Canmore 48 GP 16-30-46 28pm

Ryley Risling
15 year old forward
May 9/96
Medicine Hat, Alb
7th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Alberta AA Midget Medicine Hat 35 GP 19-17-36 126pm

Carter Sawicki
15 year old forward
Sept 14/96
Red Deer, Alb
Alberta Minor Midget Red Deer 30 GP 12-15-27 64pm

Dylan Schellenberg
18 year old forward
Mar 22/93
Drumheller, Alb
8th round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
AJHL Drumheller/Canmore 35 GP 1-3-4 86pm Playoffs 4 GP 1-0-1 18pm
SJHL Estevan 12 GP 0-0-0 60pm

Collin Shirley
15 year old forward
Mar 16/96
Saskatoon, Sask
1st round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Saskatoon 37 GP 9-9-18 18pm

Jared Virtanen
15 year old forward
June 30/96
Abbotsford, BC
8th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Midget Abbotsford

Jackson Waniek
15 year old forward
Surrey, BC
Sept 4/96
6th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
BC AAA Midget Cloverdale 36 GP 28-18-46 72pm

Ian Williams
16 year old forward
Feb 2/95
Wilcox, Sask
Sask AAA Midget Notre Dame 43 GP 21-27-48 48pm

Jesse Wood-Schatz
16 year old forward
Aug 22/95
Sherwood, Park, Alb
5th round pick in 2010 Bantam Draft
Kootenay ICE 4 GP 0-1-1 0pm
Alberta AAA Midget Sherwood Park 24 GP 9-13-22 78pm
AJHL Sherwood Park 4 GP 0-1-1 4pm

Zachary Zborosky
15 year old forward
Oct 15/96
Regina, Sask
5th round pick in 2011 Bantam Draft
Sask AAA Midget Regina 38 GP 11-7-18 28pm

Clayton Jardine
20 year old forward
Apr 3/91
Lacombe, Alb
9th round pick in 2006 Bantam Draft
NCAA Merrimack 26 GP 1-3-4 24pm

Stefan Nicholishen
18 year old forward
Apr 30/93
Penticton, BC
Committed to Nebraska-Omaha
BCHL Salmon Arm 46 GP 4-3-7 39pm

Brendan O'Donnell
19 year old forward
June 25/92
Winnipeg, Man
9th round pick in 2007 Bantam Draft
2010 NHL Draft 6th round Tampa Bay
NCAA North Dakota 17 GP 5-1-6 0pm

Riley Simpson
18 year old forward
Nov 30/93
Innisfail, Alb
12th round pick in 2008 Bantam Draft
NCAA Ohio State 2 GP 0-0-0 0pm

Colton St. Clair
19 year old forward
Nov 22/92
Gilbert, Ariz
10th round pick in 2007 Bantam Draft
NCAA North Dakota 0 GP injured

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Remaining Schedule March 15

Kootenay 2
Home 1 – Calgary
Away 1 – Calgary

Calgary 2
Home 1 – Kootenay
Away 1 – Kootenay

Edmonton 2
Away 2 – Medicine Hat, Red Deer

Medicine Hat 2
Home 2 – Edmonton, Lethbridge

Brandon 2
Home 1 – Regina
Away 1 – Regina

Moose Jaw 2
Home 1 – Prince Albert
Away 1 – Prince Albert

Regina 2
Home 1 – Brandon
Away 1 – Brandon

Saskatoon 2
Home 1 – Swift Current
Away 1 – Swift Current

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pics Of The Game

Pics Of The Game from Cranbrook Photo.
They are the official photographers of the Kootenay ICE and are Cranbrook's Foto Source.
For more ICE pictures visit cranbrookphoto.com.
If you have a request of shots of a specific player contact Chris Pullen … chris@cranbrookphoto.com

Brock Montgomery against Mark Pysyk
Joey Leach has goals in back-to-back games
Spencer Wand gets 1st career goal
How about the smile
ICE had 3 1-goal leads, Michael St. Croix took one away
Max Reinhart was upset with no penalty call
Jagger Dirk with a shorthanded goal
Brock Montgomery almost scored with 4 seconds left

Edmonton 5 Kootenay 4 OT Game #70

Cranbrook, BC – Edmonton Oil King forward Kritians Pelss scored at 3:55 of overtime in a 5-4 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Wednesday night.

The Oil Kings (48-15-3-4) opened the scoring in the first on a 3-on-2 break with Rhett Rachinski getting a partial breakaway and scored with a wrist shot high on the glove side.

In the second period the ICE (36-25-5-4) tied the game with the clubs skating 4-on-4 as Joey Leach stepped into a slap shot from the blueline that beat the partially screened goalie on the glove side.
1:25 later the ICE took a 2-1 lead as Spencer Wand scored his 1st career goal with a slp shot through the goalies’ legs.
2:11 later the Oil Kings tied the game with Michael St. Croix, the team leader in scoring, alone near the crease with a loose puck and a wide open net.
The ICE made it 3-2 as Joe Antilla put a pass to top the crease and Brock Montgomery crashed the net and put the puck into the net. The goal was reviewed for a couple of minutes to see if the puck was kicked into the net.
1:22 later the Oil Kings tied the game on a 2-on-1 break with Cole Benson near the crease for a open net goal.

In the third period the ICE took a 4-3 lead on a shorthanded 2-on-1 break with Jagger Dirk coming down the right wing and scored with a wrist shot on the stick side.
31 seconds later on the same powerplay the Oil Kings tied the game with a rebound goal by Tritan Sieben.

In overtime the Oil King got a breakaway goal from Kristans Pelss.

The ICE are tied with Saskatoon for 6th place in the Conference, 1 point behind Regina amd 2 ahead of Brandon.
All 4 teams have 2 games left in the regular season.
The ICE will host Calgary on Friday.

Edmonton, who have clinched 1st place in the East Conference, did not dress veterans Klarc Wilson and Jordan Peddle, while Dylan Wruck (7 assists vs ICE in 5 games this season) is day-to-day with an upper body injury.

ICE forward Sam Reinhart and Oil Kings starting goalie Tristan Jarry won a Gold Medal for Team BC at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.

Kootenay’s record against teams they could face in the 1st round of the playoffs … Edmonton 0-3-2-1, Moose Jaw 1-2-1-0, Medicine Hat 3-3-0-0, Calgary 5-1-0-0 (with 2 games remaining).
Edmonton’s record against teams they could face in the 1st round of the playoffs … Kootenay 6-0-0-0, Saskatoon 3-1-0-0, Regina 0-4-0-0 and Brandon 3-1-0-0.

Edmonton has had only 2 losing streaks all year, 0-2-0-0 in late October and 0-2-0-1 in Mid-November.
ICE Scratches – Luke Philp, Mike Simpson, Drew Czerwonka (12th game, lower body, 1-2 weeks).

Game Summary
Edmonton 48-15-3-4 Kootenay 36-25-5-4

1st Period
1, Edmonton, Rachinski 27 (Foster), 4:46.
Penalties-St. Croix Edm (slashing), 1:33; Leach Ktn (slashing), 2:26; Foster Edm (interference), 12:08; Ewanyk Edm (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 17:13; Ismond Ktn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 17:13.

2nd Period
2, Kootenay, Leach 11 (M.Reinhart, S.Reinhart), 5:57.
3, Kootenay, Wand 1 7:22.
4, Edmonton, St. Croix 43 (Gernat), 9:33.
5, Kootenay, Montgomery 22 (Antilla), 15:31.
6, Edmonton, Benson 5 (Sieben, Pysyk), 16:53.
Penalties-Pelss Edm (interference), 2:26; Pysyk Edm (roughing), 4:44; Martin Ktn (roughing), 4:44; Pysyk Edm (roughing), 19:24.

3rd Period
7, Kootenay, Dirk 7 10:21 (SH).
8, Edmonton, Sieben 5 (Gernat, Rachinski), 10:52 (PP).
Penalties- M.Reinhart Ktn (tripping), 8:54; M.Reinhart Ktn (tripping), 13:02; Pysyk Edm (boarding), 16:17.

OT Period
9, Edmonton, Pelss 27 3:55.
Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Edmonton 9-10-10-3-32. Kootenay 11-12-8-2-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Edmonton 1 / 3; Kootenay 0 / 5.
Goalies-Edmonton, Jarry 8-2-1-0 (33 shots-29 saves). Kootenay, Lieuwen 27-19-5-2 (32 shots-27 saves).
A-2,896
Referees-Trent Knorr (42), Pat Smith (12).
Linesmen-Steve Cochrane (125), Sean Donnelly (109).

Trivia Game #70

During every ICE broadcast we ask a trivia question.

Today’s Trivia question.

What is the ICE record for most points by a rookie?

ANSWER – 86 Tomas Plihal 2001-02.

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Edmonton @ Kootenay Game #70

The Kootenay ICE will host Edmonton tonight in the 6th and final meeting of the season.
The Oil Kings lead the season series 5-0 with the ICE holding a lead or tied in the 3rd period in 3 of the games.
October 5th in Edmonton - Oil Kings 2-1 SO
October 6th in Kootenay - Oil Kings 6-1
January 14th in Edmonton - Oil Kings 3-2 OT
Febraury 7th in Edmonton - Oil Kings 3-1
February 29th in Kootenay - Oil Kings 3-1
The ICE can finish anywhere from 5th to 8th in the Conference standings as they move into the final week of the regular season.
The Oil Kings have clinched 1st place in the Conference and are in a battle for the best record in the WHL.
The ICE are looking to regain some confidence as they lost 3 games last week and had the lead or were tied in the 3rd period in all of them.
The ICE are tied with Regina for 6th place in the Conference.
Edmonton has won 8 games in a row.
Listen for the Pre-Game Show at 6:30 on The Drive.

Here is the link to tonight's FREEZE Magazine.
http://issuu.com/kootenayice/docs/march14?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Flight%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true

Leaders
ICE
Goals – 28 Max Reinhart, 27 Sam Reinhart
Assists – 48 Max Reinhart, 38 Jesse Ismond
Points – 76 Max Reinhart, 59 Sam Reinhart
Defenseman – 39 Joey Leach, 28 Jagger Dirk
Rookie – 59 Sam Reinhart, 14 Jaedon Descheneau
PM – 99 Jesse Ismond, 94 Spencer Wand, 93 Jagger Dirk
+/- - +25 Jagger Dirk, +23 Joey Leach
Avg – 2.38 Nathan Lieuwen, 3.12 Mackenzie Skapski

Oil Kings
Goals – 42 Michael St.Croix
Assists – 59 Dylan Wruck
Points – 100 Michael St.Croix
Defenseman – 52 Martin Gernat
Rookie – 52 Martin Gernat
PM – 137 Keegan Lowe
+/- - +40 Michael St.Croix
Avg – 2.47 Laurent Brossoit, 2.84 Tristan Jarry

Head to Head
ICE
Max Reinhart 2-3-5
Sam Reinhart 2-1-3
Jesse Ismond 1-2-3
Nathan Lieuwen 0-1-1-1 1.92 .943%
Mackenzie Skapski 0-2-0-0 4.50 .839%

Oil Kings
Dylan Wruck 0-7-7
Michael St.Croix 2-2-4
T.J. Foster 2-2-4
Laurent Brossoit 5-0-0-0 1.17 .958%

Streaks
Max Reinhart 2 games 0-2-2

Home
Max Reinhart 11-23-34
Jesse Ismond 8-20-28
Dylen McKinlay 11-13-24
Elgin Pearce 12-9-21
Sam Reinhart 12-9-21
Joey Leach 6-14-20
Brock Montgomery 9-10-19
Joe Antilla 6-13-19
Drew Czerwonka 7-9-16
Erik Benoit 7-8-15
Nathan Lieuwen 14-8-1-0 2.36 .918% 1 SO
Mackenzie Skapski 5-4-0-2 2.38 .912%

Road
Max Reinhart 17-25-42
Sam Reinhart 15-23-38
Jesse Ismond 7-18-25
Joe Antilla 8-15-23
Brock Montgomery 12-10-22
Joey Leach 4-15-19
Jagger Dirk 4-13-17
Drew Czerwonka 7-9-16
Erik Benoit 6-9-15
Dylen McKinlay 4-10-14
Nathan Lieuwen 13-11-3-2 2.39 .919% 2 SO
Mackenzie Skapski 4-2-0-0 4.19 .861%

Remaining Schedule March 14

Kootenay 3
Home 2 – Edmonton, Calgary
Away 1 – Calgary

Calgary 3
Home 2 – Lethbridge, Kootenay
Away 1 – Kootenay

Edmonton 3
Away 3 – Red Deer, Kootenay, Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat 2
Home 2 – Edmonton, Lethbridge

Brandon 3
Home 2 – Moose Jaw, Regina
Away 1 – Regina

Moose Jaw 3
Home 1 – Prince Albert
Away 2 – Prince Albert, Brandon

Regina 3
Home 2 – Brandon, Prince Albert
Away 1 – Brandon

Saskatoon 2
Home 1 – Swift Current
Away 1 – Swift Current

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In Depth Look At Losses

With 3 games left until the playoffs there are a lot of positives from the Kootenay ICE this season.

They have clinched a playoff spot for the 14th consecutive season, which is the longest active streak in the WHL.
They will have a winning record for the 13th straight season, which is also the longest active streak in the league.
The will have a winning record at home and on the road. They have been above .500 away from home in 11 of the past 13 seasons.
They will have at least a .500 record against the Central Division.
They have a .500 record against the East Division.
They have a winning record against teams from the B.C. Division and the U.S. Division.
BUT, did you know, of the 33 losses (25 regulation, 4 overtime, 4 shootout) the ICE have had this season; they held the lead or were tied in 21 of the games?
In only 7 games did they earn a point by going into extra time. Of a possible 42 points they lost 35 potential points.
The good news is they have played well enough to be competitive in almost all of their games this season.
In some of the games the ICE were trailing in the 3rd and came back to tie the game only to give up the eventual game winning goal.

Here are the games, the score at one time during the 3rd period and the final result.
Sept 23 in Red Deer – tied 2-2 – lost 3-2 SO
Oct 2 in Calgary – led 2-1 – lost 4-2
Oct 5 in Edmonton – led 1-0 – lost 2-1 SO
Nov 5 in Red Deer – led 3-2 – lost 4-3 OT
Nov 9 vs Tri City – led 3-1 – lost 5-4
Nov 13 vs Saskatoon – tied 1-1 – lost 2-1
Dec 2 in Prince Albert – led 5-3 – lost 7-5
Dec 4 in Swift Current – tied 1-1 – lost 2-1
Dec 30 vs Spokane – tied 2-2 – lost 3-2 SO
Jan 7 vs Moose Jaw – tied 2-2 – lost 3-2
Jan 14 in Edmonton – led 2-1 – lost 3-2 OT
Jan 20 in Moose Jaw – led 5-4 – lost 6-5 OT
Jan 25 in Lethbridge – led 4-3 – lost 5-4
Jan 27 vs Prince Albert – led 6-5 – lost 7-6 SO
Jan 28 in Spokane – led 4-2 – lost 5-4 OT
Feb 7 in Edmonton – tied 1-1 – lost 3-1
Feb 14 vs Brandon – tied 3-3 – lost 4-3
Feb 18 vs Regina – tied 2-2 – lost 4-2
Mar 6 in Swift Current – tied 3-3 – lost 4-3
Mar 9 vs Medicine Hat – led 1-0 – lost 3-1
Mar 10 in Spokane – led 2-1 – lost 3-2