Kennewick, Wash – The Kootenay ICE opened their WHL exhibition season with a 5-4 loss to the Tri City Americans
In the first period the teams combined for 6 goals, ICE got goals from Luke Philp, Jon Martin on the powerplay and Ryan Chynoweth.
Chynoweth and Kyle O'Connor were involved in fights in the 2nd period which comes with an automatic game misconduct in the preseason.
Early in the 2nd the Americans jumped out to a 5-3 lead but after a successful penalty-kill Luke Philp scored his 2nd of the game to cut the deficit to one.
On the first shift of the 3rd period Tanner Faith was given a game misconduct for fighting.
Goalies Wyatt Hoflin and Eric Comrie made big saves in the 3rd period to keep it a 1-goal game.
ICE called a time out and pulled their goalie with 1:40 left but couldn't find the equalizer.
Kootenay will play Portland on Friday afternoon.
ICE Scratches – Keelan Williams, Dylan Overdyk, Tyler King, Austin Vetterl, Rinat Valiev, Levi Cable, Matt Alfaro.
1, Tri-City, Nickles 2 (Southam, Coghlan), 1:11.
2, Kootenay, Philp 1 (Chirva, Steenbergen), 7:56.
3, Kootenay, Martin 1 (Loschiavo), 11:07 (PP).
4, Tri-City, Williams 1 (Southam, Comrie), 14:31.
5, Tri-City, Williams 2 (Wotherspoon, Bowles), 17:54 (PP).
6, Kootenay, Chynoweth 1 19:04.
Penalties-McCue T.c (tripping), 8:02; Williams T.c (cross checking), 9:57; Williams T.c (kneeing), 12:11; Beattie Ktn (cross checking), 16:33; Faith Ktn (roughing, roughing), 19:56; Rutledge T.c (roughing), 19:56.
7, Tri-City, Lukin 1 (Bowles, McCue), 1:32 (PP).
8, Tri-City, Bowles 1 (Lukin, McCue), 5:18.
9, Kootenay, Philp 2 12:24.
Penalties-Andrusiak T.c (hooking), 7:03; Chynoweth Ktn (major-fighting, game misconduct), 7:42; Playfair T.c (major-fighting, game misconduct), 7:42; Martin Ktn (charging), 9:48; O'Connor Ktn (major-fighting, game misconduct, game misconduct), 13:40; Hillis T.c (major-fighting, game misconduct, game misconduct), 13:40; Beattie Ktn (roughing), 15:35; Faith Ktn (roughing), 18:18; James T.c (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 18:18.
Penalties-Faith Ktn (major-fighting, game misconduct), 0:25; James T.c (major-fighting, game misconduct), 0:25; Carlo T.c (elbowing), 4:05; Wotherspoon T.c (slashing), 9:00; served by Andrusiak T.c (too many men), 12:15.
Shots on Goal-Kootenay 13-9-7-29. Tri-City 14-13-12-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Kootenay 1 / 7; Tri-City 2 / 4.
Goalies-Kootenay, Hoflin 0-1-0-0 (39 shots-34 saves). Tri-City, Comrie 2-1-0-0 (29 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Jeff Ingram (82), Andrew Wilk (80).
Linesmen-Jason Michelbook (112), Devon Sephton (149)