Monday, November 24, 2014

Kootenay 7 Moose Jaw 3

From Chris Wahl ...
The Kootenay ICE exploded for six third-period goals en route to a 7-3 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors at Western Financial Place Sunday.

Forward Jon Martin punctuated his 200th career regular-season game with a four-point night, and Jaedon Descheneau and Levi Cable each scored a pair of goals as Kootenay won for the eighth time in its last nine games.

It was the Warriors though, who held the upper hand early, going ahead 1-0 just past the three-minute mark on a goal from new acquisition Jesse Shynkaruk. The 18 year-old scored for the second time in as many games after being picked up from the Kamloops Blazers earlier in the week.

Descheneau brought the ICE back on level terms at 10:41 of the first period, snapping home a power-play goal. But Moose Jaw took a 2-1 lead into the intermission after overage forward Jaimen Yakubowski put home his fifth goal of the season.

The Warriors increased their lead to 3-1 early in the second period on a hard point shot from defenseman Dallas Valentine that found its way through heavy traffic, caroming past Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin off a body and the goalpost.

The ICE found their groove offensively in period three, however. The power-play clicked again on a goal from Luke Philp at 3:39 before Cable slammed home the first of his two goals 23 seconds later to put the hosts back on level terms.

Cable put Kootenay in front just shy of the mid-way mark of the third period. After setting up Martin alone in front of Moose Jaw goaltender Brody Willms, the 20 year-old scooped up a rebound at the side of the net and deposited it into the goal.

Martin would score a similar goal just over a minute later, before Descheneau and Matt Alfaro rounded out the ICE attack in the final seven minutes of the game.

Martin matched an ICE franchise record by recording four points in one period Sunday, while Descheneau (four games) and Cable (three games) both extended their goal-scoring streaks.

Hoflin made 31 saves in goal for Kootenay, while Willms stopped 33 shots for the Warriors.

Sam Reinhart and Rinat Valiev each chipped in with two assists for the ICE. Forward Brayden Point led all scorers for Moose Jaw with two helpers.

UP NEXT: the ICE will play the next six games against U.S. Division opponents, beginning Friday in Portland. Game time is 4:00 pm.