Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kootenay 5 Lethbridge 1

From Chris Wahl ...

Tim Bozon scored twice, and Sam Reinhart became the ICE franchise leader in regular-season assists as the Kootenay ICE defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-1 in Cranbrook Friday.

Bozon's two second-period goals broke open a scoreless game, while Reinhart's two helpers vaulted him past Jarret Stoll as the club's career assist leader with 164.

It was on Bozon's first goal, 8:36 into the second period on which the Kootenay captain broke Stoll's 12 year-old record. The pair would connect again in the dying seconds of the middle frame to put the ICE ahead 2-0 after fourty minutes.

Lethbridge answered back in the opening minute of period three when Taylor Cooper banged a rebound home, but Kootenay's Levi Cable, one of three ICE players to return from injury Friday, fired in a goal of his own 25 seconds later to restore the home side's two-goal advantage.

Rinat Valiev tucked in an empty netter before Jaedon Descheneau completed the scoring ledger with his team-leading 11th tally of the season with five seconds remaining in the game.

Kootenay has come away victorious in each of the three meetings with the Hurricanes so far this season, and overall the ICE has won six of its past seven games.

Hoflin stopped 25 of 26 Lethbridge shots to record the victory in goal for Kootenay, while Zac Robidoux made 43 saves for Lethbridge.

Reinhart extended his point streak to six games Friday, while Descheneau has now collected a point in his last five contests. Bozon has scored 11 points in his last six games played.

Defenseman Rinat Valiev set a personal best with five points, notching one goal and four assists.

Cable joined Jon Martin and Kyle O'Connor in returning to the ICE lineup; it was Martin's first game since October 18th.

UP NEXT: the ICE visit the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday (7:30 PM, Medicine Hat Arena) before returning home to host the Moose Jaw Warriors Sunday evening at 6:00 PM.