ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE finished the 2012-2013 regular season with a 35-35-2-0 record (21-14-1-0 at home, 14-21-1-0 on the road, 3-2 in overtime, 4-0 in shootouts) and in eighth place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE...The ICE finished the 2012-2013 regular season with a .500 or better record for the 14th consecutive season, which is the longest active streak in the WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE...KOOTENAY is in the post-season for the 15th consecutive year (longest active streak in the WHL) and will be facing the EDMONTON OIL KINGS for the second year in a row.
PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: The ICE have a career playoff record of 85-64 (46-27 at home, 39-37 on the road, 22-11 in overtime)...JOEY LEACH (32), JAGGER DIRK (23) and BROCK MONTGOMERY (18) lead the ICE in games played in the playoffs.
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL: Games One (March 22nd at 7:00 pm) and Two (March 24th at 4:00 pm) of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL vs EDMONTON presented by KAL-TIRE and HUSKY will be played on the road...Games Three and Four will played in CRANBROOK on Tuesday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 27th...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: 2013 playoff packages are now available at the KOOTENAY ICE Office or by phone at 250-417-0322...Six game ticket packages are $120.00 for Adults, $96.00 for Seniors, $84.00 for Students, and $66.00 for Youth…The KOOTENAY ICE Office will be open during the lunch hour this week to accommodate fans wishing to purchase their playoff packages...Packages are available to purchase until Friday, March 22nd.
DID YOU KNOW: The ICE were 3-3-0-0 against EDMONTON this season (3-0-0-0 at home, 0-3-0-0 on the road, 0-0 in overtime, 1-0 in shootouts)...LUKE PHILP (2-3-5) and SAM REINHART (2-3-5) led the team in scoring against the OIL KINGS...KOOTENAY finished the regular season second in the WHL in winning percentage (.889) in overtime and shootout games...JOEY LEACH, who played in 274 career regular season games, is the all-time franchise leader for career plus/minus with a plus 96...BROCK MONTGOMERY, who played in 244 career regular season games, finished the season tied for second in the WHL in power play goals with 18...LUKE PHILP (20-25-45) finished the season tied for seventh in the League for rookie scoring with 45 points...MACKENZIE SKAPSKI, who finished the regular season tied for first in the WHL for shutouts with seven, stopped 24 out of 25 shootout attempts this year...KOOTENAY tied a team record for consecutive wins at home with 12 (December 31 – February 23 - previous record set during the 2006-2007 season) and won 14 of their last 16 home games.
SCORING STREAKS: JAEDON DESCHENEAU (9-7-16) has recorded at least a point in his last nine games…SAM REINHART (6-8-14) has recorded at least a point in his last eight games...LUKE PHILP (2-3-5) has recorded at least a point in his last four games.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 72 games of the 2011-2012 season the ICE were 36-26-6-4.
Tuesday March 19 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Western Financial Place
Wednesday March 20 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Western Financial Place
Thursday March 21 Travel Day
Friday March 22 ICE @ Edmonton 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday March 23
Sunday March 24 ICE @ Edmonton 4:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Tuesday, March 12 – Kootenay 3 vs. Lethbridge 1 – Record 34-33-2-0 – Attendance: 2,391
1 - Descheneau (28) from Reinhart and Shirley
2 - Montgomery (31) from Philp and Elynuik
3 - Reinhart (32) from Montgomery and Leach
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (24 Saves, 1 GA)
Wednesday, March 13 - Kootenay 2 @ Lethbridge – Record 34-34-2-0 – Attendance: 3,733
1 - Philp (19) from Descheneau and Dirk
2 - Reinhart (33) from Faith and Dirk
Goalie: Wyatt Hoflin (34 Saves, 4 GA)
Friday, March 15 - Kootenay 3 vs. Calgary 5 – Record 34-35-2-0 – Attendance: 2,622
1 - Philp (20) from Descheneau and Reinhart
2 - Reinhart (34) from Martin and Leach
3 - Vetterl (5) from Leach and Philp
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (29 Saves, 5 GA)
Saturday, March 16 - Kootenay 5 @ Calgary 4 – Record 35-35-2-0 – Attendance: 13,477
1 - Descheneau (29) from Reinhart and Leach
2 - Descheneau (30)
3 - Boyd (7) from Martin and Philp
4 - Boyd (8) from Prochazka
5 - Reinhart (35) from Descheneau and Dirk
Goalies: Wyatt Hoflin (6 Saves, 3 GA), Mackenzie Skapski (7 Saves, 2 GA)