Cranbrook, BC – The Calgary Hitmen scored 3 third period goals in a 5-3 win over the Kootenay ICE in WHL action on Friday.
The ICE (34-35-2-0) opened the scoring on a first period powerplay rebound goal by Luke Philp.
Less than 2 minutes later Sam Reinhart, after receiveing a drop pass from Jon Martin, made it 2-0 on wrist shot low on the glove side.
The Hitmen (46-20-1-4) got a breakaway goal from Calder Brooks to cut the lead to 2-1.
In the second period the ICE made it 3-1 with a deflection by Austin Vetterl on a point shot from Joey Leach.
Calgary scored a powerplay goal on a back door pass to Brady Brassart.
In the third period the Hitmen tied the game on a powerplay rebound goal by Cody Sylvester.
Less than 2 minutes later Sylvester got his 2nd of period on another rebound.
Brady Brassart added an empty net goal to make the final 5-3.
With the loss the ICE will finish in 8th place and will play Edmonton in the first round of the playoffs.
Fri Mar 22 Kootenay @ Edmonton 7:00
Sun Mar 24 Kootenay @ Edmonton 4:00
Tue Mar 26 Edmonton @ Kootenay 7:00
Wed Mar 27 Edmonton @ Kootenay 7:00
Fri Mar 29 Kootenay @ Edmonton 7:00
Sun Mar 31 Edmonton @ Kootenay 6:00
Tue Apr 2 Kootenay @ Edmonton 7:00
Jaedon Descheneau (8 games), Sam Reinhart (7 games) and Luke Philp (3 games) extended their point streaks.
The ICE will visit Calgary on Friday.
The ICE were 2 skaters short of a complete line-up.
ICE scratches – Zach McPhee 6th game 1-2 weeks, Levi Cable 5th game 2-4 weeks, Brock Montgomery 2nd game day-to-day, Tanner Muth 1st game indefinite.
The Kootenay ICE handed out their 15th annual team awards.
Rod Hunter Ltd. Players Award – Joey Leach
Apollo Ristorante Most Valuable Player - Sam Reinhart
Ron Collision / Dixon Service Centre Top Defenseman – Joey Leach
Alpine Toyota Rookie of the Year – Luke Philp
Skyway Distributors Most Improved Player – Mackenzie Skapski
BDO Dunwoody Most Underrated Player – Jaedon Descheneau
East Kootenay Community Credit Union Community Relations Award – Brock Montgomery
Rocky Mountain Diesel Scholastic Player of the Year – Matt Thomas
Steeples Construction Player of the Month – Sam Reinhart
East Kootenay Community Credit Union Community Player of the Month – Jagger Dirk
Fan Club’s Player of the Year – Sam Reinhart
The Boston Pizza Top Play-off Performer will be announced at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 WHL Playoffs
Calgary 46-20-1-4 Kootenay 34-35-2-0
1, Kootenay, Philp 20 (Descheneau, Dirk), 6:34 (PP).
2, Kootenay, Reinhart 34 (Martin, Leach), 8:13.
3, Calgary, Brooks 4 (Harmsworth, Clayton), 15:21.
Penalties-Humphries Cal (interference), 6:21; Mayor Cal (roughing), 9:03; Vetterl Ktn (roughing), 9:03; Descheneau Ktn (checking from behind), 11:13.
4, Kootenay, Vetterl 5 (Leach, Philp), 5:45.
Penalties-Mayor Cal (cross checking), 12:01.
6, Calgary, Sylvester 40 (Humphries, Brassart), 11:12 (PP).
7, Calgary, Sylvester 41 (Zgraggen, Brassart), 12:51.
8, Calgary, Brassart 33 19:49.
Penalties-Chase Cal (high sticking), 5:07; Leach Ktn (delay of game), 10:31; Macek Cal (tripping), 14:59.
Shots on Goal-Calgary 6-15-14-35. Kootenay 11-11-9-31.
Power Play Opportunities-Calgary 2 / 3; Kootenay 1 / 4.
Goalies-Calgary, Driedger 36-14-1-3 (31 shots-28 saves). Kootenay, Skapski 33-25-1-0 (35 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Devin Klein (9), Jon Stephenson (38).
Linesmen-Michael Boisvert (111), Jim Maniago (85).