ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 2-5-0-0 record (1-0-0-0 at home, 1-5-0-0 on the road, 1-0-0 in overtime) and in fifth place in the CENTRAL DIVISION...KOOTENAY will return home after tonight's game for matchups with REGINA on October 17 and VICTORIA October 18.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 23 players (two goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of two 1994-born players, eight 1995-born players, five 1996-born players, five 1997-born players, and three 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has eight first-year players on its roster.
DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY holds a 33-29-5-2 lifetime record versus SWIFT CURRENT (20-11-2-1 at home, 13-18-3-1 on the road, 4-4-2-2 in overtime)...The ICE finished with a 3-1-0-0 record against the BRONCOS during the 2013-14 season...Goaltender KEELAN WILLIAMS made his first career WHL start October 9 at MOOSE JAW and was named the game’s FIRST STAR…Forward LUKE PHILP scored his first career short-handed goal October 9 at MOOSE JAW…PHILP (3-3-6) and fellow Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU (5-3-8) are currently riding four-game point streaks…DESCHENEAU recorded his sixth career WHL hat trick (fourth in regular season play) October 8 at REGINA, and is two points shy of 200 career regular season points and two appearances short of 200 career WHL regular season games played...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN needs to play in one game to reach 50 career regular season WHL appearances…Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH is one game short of 50 career regular season appearances with the ICE…Forward VINCE LOSCHIAVO scored his first career WHL goal October 4 at CALGARY...Forward RIVER BEATTIE collected his first career point (assist) October 4 against the HITMEN...Defenseman TYLER KING matched a career high with three points in one game (0-3-3) October 4 versus CALGARY.
INJURIES: Forward JON MARTIN will be out of the KOOTENAY line up one week with an upper body injury...Defenseman RINAT VALIEV will be out of the ICE line up one to three weeks with a lower body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After seven games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 3-3-1-0, after eight games 4-3-1-0 and after nine games 4-4-1-0.
DRAFTED PLAYERS: RINAT VALIEV - Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Round, 2014 NHL Draft), JAEDON DESCHENEAU - St. Louis Blues (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TANNER FAITH – Minnesota Wild (5th Round, 2014 NHL Draft).