Sunday, November 9, 2014

Kootenay 3 Swift Current 2 SO

From Chris Wahl ...

Luke Philp and Jaedon Descheneau each scored shootout goals to lift the Kootenay ICE to a 3-2 victory over the Swift Current Broncos in Cranbrook Saturday.

Descheneau's quick wrist shot in the fifth round of the shootout eluded Bronco goaltender Landon Bow as the ICE won its third consecutive game.

Philp and Descheneau combined on the game's opening goal 11:12 into the first period, as Descheneau set up his linemate in the Broncos slot. Philp wired a snapshot past Bow's right arm from between the faceoff circles for his sixth goal of the season.

Swift Current leveled the score just over two and a half minutes later, as overage forward Coda Gordon snuck a low shot through ICE goaltender Wyatt Hoflin's pads after driving hard to the net from the right wing.

Kootenay reclaimed a one-goal lead early in period two thanks to Tim Bozon, who lifted a hard wrist shot into the top corner of the net from just outside the crease. The goal was initially waved off before video replay confirmed the puck had crossed the goalline.

Bow stopped 14 ICE shots he faced in the second period, as Kootenay outshot the Broncos 15-5 in the frame.

Swift Current, fresh off a three-goal comeback in Lethbridge Friday, again put themselves on level terms on an early third-period power-play thanks to a shot from Colby Cave from the slot.

Neither side was able to find a go-ahead marker through the remainder of the third period or overtime, with the ICE coming closest in extra time on a chance from the left-wing circle that forced Bow into a diving, desperation save with the paddle of his stick.

Swift Current scored first in the shootout through Coda Gordon, but Kootenay replied thanks to Philp in the third round on a similar goal to the one he scored in the first period.

Descheneau's goal put the ICE, who shot first in the shootout, ahead 2-1 in the fifth round. Broncos forward Carter Rigby then fired a puck over Hoflin's crossbar, sealing the visitors' fate.

Hoflin made 27 saves in goal for Kootenay, while Bow stopped 30 of 32 shots for Swift Current.

The ICE improved their overtime and shootout record to 3-0-0 this season with Saturday's victory.

UP NEXT: Kootenay's six-game home stand comes to a close Friday, November 14th against the Calgary Hitmen. Game time is 7:00 pm.