ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 3-13-0-0 record (2-4-0-0 at home, 1-9-0-0 on the road, 1-0-0 in overtime)...After tonight's game, the ICE continues its six-game home stand with contests November 7 against EDMONTON and November 8 versus SWIFT CURRENT.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 24 players (two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 15 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of three 1994-born players, nine 1995-born players, four 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 67-41-13-4 lifetime record versus LETHBRIDGE (40-16-6-2 at home, 27-25-7-2 on the road, 7-12-6 in overtime)...Tonight's game marks the first of seven meetings this season between the ICE and HURRICANES, KOOTENAY posted a 4-1-0-1 record in the 2013-14 season series...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU led all ICE players in scoring versus LETHBRIDGE last season with 14 points (1-13-14)... DESCHENEAU became the 13th KOOTENAY ICE player to record 200 career regular season points October 22 at SASKATOON...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN is ranked second among WHL netminders in saves with 424...Forward MATT ALFARO recorded his first career multi-goal game (two goals) October 25 at SPOKANE...Forward AUSTIN VETTERL is three appearances shy of 150 regular season games played with the ICE.
TRANSACTIONS / INJURIES: The KOOTENAY ICE have added Forward SAM REINHART from the BUFFALO SABRES of the NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE...KOOTENAY has released Defenseman JORDAN STEENBERGEN to Junior A...Forward TIM BOZON will be out of the ICE lineup day to day with a lower body injury...Forward JON MARTIN will be out of the KOOTENAY lineup one week with an upper body injury...Defenseman TYLER KING will be out of the ICE lineup two to three weeks with a lower body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 16 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 8-6-2-0, after 17 games 8-7-2-0 and after 18 games 9-7-2-0.
DRAFTED PLAYERS: SAM REINHART - Buffalo Sabres (1st Round, 2014 NHL Draft), TIM BOZON - Montreal Canadiens (3rd Round, 2012 NHL Draft), 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).
TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS: The Referees for tonight’s game are FRASER LAWRENCE and COLIN WATT...The Linesmen are SCOTT SHARUN and JUSTIN SLIMM.