ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week's action with a 31-29-2-0 record (19-12-1-0 at home, 12-17-1-0 on the road, 3-2 in overtime, 4-0 in shootouts) and in eighth place and final playoff spot in the EASTERN CONFERENCE...KOOTENAY has won 21 of their last 27 games and have points in 22 of 28 games since Christmas (21-6-1-0 record)...The ICE have tied a team record for consecutive wins at home with 12 (previous record set during the 2006-2007 season)...KOOTENAY has ten regular season games remaining (four at home, six on the road) and eight of those games are against CENTRAL DIVISION opponents.
PASTA & CHICKEN BUFFET: The KOOTENAY ICE FAN CLUB is hosting a PASTA AND CHICKEN BUFFET on Sunday, March 3 at the HERITAGE INN...The dinner will be attended by the KOOTENAY ICE PLAYERS and will start with cocktails at 4:30 pm...Tickets are $30.00 and are available during home games at the FAN CLUB TABLE or by calling KELLY at 250-426-3638 or CAROLIN at 778-517-0118.
GIFT CARDS: Get the gift that keeps on giving…The KOOTENAY ICE have reusable and reloadable GIFT CARDS for any dollar amount…Your special someone can use the gift card to buy individual game tickets…GIFT CARDS are available at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.
DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY leads the WHL in winning percentage (.889) in overtime and shootout games...MACKENZIE SKAPSKI, who recorded his sixth shutout of the season February 24th in LETHBRIDGE (36 Saves), is fourth in franchise history for career shutouts with six (TAYLOR DAKERS - 18, JEFF GLASS - 17, NATHAN LIEUWEN – 9)…JOEY LEACH, who has played in 264 WHL career games, needs one more assist to reach 100 in his WHL career...BROCK MONTGOMERY, who recorded his 50th WHL career assist February 23 against CALGARY, is tied for second in the WHL in power play goals with 16...LUKE PHILP (17-19-36) is tied for ninth in the WHL for rookie scoring with 36 points...The ICE are 13-13-0-0 against the CENTRAL DIVISION this season (10-3-0-0 at home, 3-10-0-0 on the road, 1-0 in overtime, 1-0 in shootouts)...KOOTENAY is 15-7-2-0 against the EAST DIVISION this season (7-4-1-0 at home, 8-3-1-0 on the road, 2-1 in overtime, 3-0 in shootouts)...The ICE are 1-4-0-0 against the BC DIVISION this season (1-4-0-0 at home)...KOOTENAY is 2-5-0-0 against the US DIVISION this season (1-1-0-0 at home, 1-4-0-0 on the road).
SCORING STREAKS: SAM REINHART (2-10-12) has recorded at least a point in his last eight games…JAEDON DESCHENEAU (6-0-6) has recorded at least a point in his last three games.
INJURY: TANNER MUTH will be out of the ICE line up day to day with an upper body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 62 games of the 2011-2012 season the ICE were 33-21-4-4, after 63 games were 34-21-4-4 and after 64 games were 34-22-4-4.
Tuesday February 26 Practice 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm Western Financial Place
Wednesday February 27 ICE @ Medicine Hat 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Thursday February 28 Practice 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm Western Financial Place
Friday March 1 ICE vs. Red Deer 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday March 2 ICE vs. Medicine Hat 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENT:
-Special Olympics Bowling, February 25th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Selected Kootenay ICE Players will be bowling with the Special Olympics group.
-Pasta & Chicken Buffet, March 3rd starting at 4:30 pm. The Kootenay ICE will be attending the Fan Club's annual Pasta & Chicken Buffet.
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Saturday, February 23 – Kootenay 5 vs. Calgary 1 – Record 30-29-2-0 – Attendance: 2,744
1 - Cable (11) from Montgomery
2 - Prochazka (3) from Cable and Dirk
3 - Montgomery (27) from Leach and Reinhart
4 - Descheneau (19) from Faith and Reinhart
5 - Boyd (6) from O'Connor
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (27 Saves, 1 GA)
Sunday, February 24 – Kootenay 2 @ Lethbridge 0 – Record 31-29-2-0 – Attendance: 3,565
1 - Descheneau (20) from Reinhart and Shirley
2 - Descheneau (21) from Reinhart
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (36 Saves, 0 GA)