Cranbrook, BC – Kootenay ICE forward Jaedon Descheneau had 1 goal and 2 assists in a 5-1 win over the Victoria Royals in WHL action on Wednesday.
The ICE (27-28-2-0) scored late in the first period with defenseman Tanner Muth’s wrist shot from the blueline beating the screened goalie high on the glove side.
In the second period the ICE made it 2-0 on rebound goal by Sam Reinhart who set a career with his 27th of the season.
In the third period the ICE scored 2 goals in less than a minute with Brock Montgomery and Jaedon Descheneau making it 4-0.
Victoria changed goalies with Coleman Vollrath replacing Patrick Polivka.
The Royals (32-20-1-3) scored a few minutes later with Steven Hodges scoring with a wrist shot high on the glove side.
With the teams skating 4-on-4 Luke Philp scored to make the game 5-1.
Jaedon Descheneau (3 games), Sam Reinhart (3 games) and Jagger Dirk (6 games) extended their point streaks.
The ICE have won 11 straight home games which is one off the Franchise Record. (FR 12 Nov 26/06-Jan 27/07)
The ICE will visit Brandon on Friday.
This was the 5th and final game for the ICE against a BC Division team and finished with 1-4-0-0 record.
This was the 1st ever appearance in Cranbrook for the Victoria Royals, formerly the Chilliwack Bruins, and only 5 players are on the roster from the last time they visited the ICE. (Tyler Stahl, Steven Hodges, Tim Traber, Jamie Crooks, Brandon Magee)
Jordan Fransoo (Brandon), Trent Lofthouse (Everett) and Alex Gogolev (Calgary) did play against the ICE in Cranbrook last season.
Kimberley native Issac Schacher played in his 1st WHL for the Royals (KIJHL Kimberley 45 GP 14-22-36 44pm).
From The Drive/B-104 …
A Kimberley product is going to make his W.H.L debut with the Victoria Royals in Cranbrook Wednesday night.
It's the first time the Royals have ever played Kootenay in Cranbrook and Isaac Schacher will suit up for the Royals against the team he's grown up watching.
"It's a dream come true, I've gone to so many Ice games growing up and the dream's always been to play in the W.H.L," said Schacher. "Watching them growing up and now having the opportunity to make my debut at home is pretty special."
The big blue liner was in discussions with the Penticton Vees of the B.C.H.L and also looked at the college route.
"I was flip-flopping going the Junior A, NCAA route and going to the W.H.L," said Schacher. "A few days ago Victoria came to me with the opportunity to sign; I took a couple days to think about it and sort it out with my family and decided it was the best opportunity for me, moving forward."
This season, Schacher is second on the Dynamiters in scoring and he explains what the Royals expect from him.
"They haven't spoken much about my role, it's more just coming to camp in shape next season and playing to the best of my abilities," said Schacher.
Cranbrook’s Colin Patterson will be inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame later this summer.
Troy Murray, Kootenay’s 1st round pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft, will join the club for their 3-game road trip this weekend. (Sask AAA Midget Regina 36 GP 3-6-9 28pm)
ICE Scratches – Tanner Faith (9th game upper body week-to-week).
Victoria 32-20-1-3 Kootenay 27-28-2-0
1, Kootenay, Muth 3 (Descheneau, Cable), 16:13.
Penalties-Carroll Vic (high sticking), 10:19.
2, Kootenay, Reinhart 29 (Dirk, Shirley), 3:00.
Penalties-Polivka Vic (tripping), 15:16.
3, Kootenay, Montgomery 24 (Dirk, Peel), 4:19.
4, Kootenay, Descheneau 15 (Shirley, Reinhart), 4:54.
5, Victoria, Hodges 23 (Carroll), 8:05.
6, Kootenay, Philp 17 (Descheneau), 16:36.
Penalties-Dirk Ktn (hooking), 8:37; Dirk Ktn (roughing), 12:42; Magee Vic (tripping), 14:47; Shirley Ktn (tripping), 16:11; Carroll Vic (cross checking, major-fighting), 19:06; Fisher Vic (major-fighting, game misconduct), 19:06; Boyd Ktn (major-fighting), 19:06; Thomas Ktn (instigator, major-fighting, game misconduct), 19:06.
Shots on Goal-Victoria 9-7-15-31. Kootenay 9-9-10-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Victoria 0 / 3; Kootenay 0 / 3.
Goalies-Victoria, Polivka 28-12-1-2 (23 shots-19 saves); Vollrath 2-6-0-1 (5 shots-4 saves). Kootenay, Skapski 26-19-1-0 (31 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Kevin Webinger (6), Derek Zalaski (8).
Linesmen-Scott Sharun (103), Ian Shaver (74).