ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 15-15-0-0 record (9-5-0-0 at home, 6-10-0-0 on the road, 4-0 in overtime, 1-0 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY, who has won 12 of its past 14 games, opens a five game home stand December 9 versus MEDICINE HAT.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 22 players (two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of three 1994-born players, nine 1995-born players, three 1996-born players, five 1997-born players, and two 1998-born players...KOOTENAY has seven first-year players on its roster.
DID YOU KNOW: KOOTENAY holds a 21-16-4-1 lifetime record versus TRI-CITY (12-5-3-1 at home, 9-11-1-0 on the road, 0-2-3 in overtime)…Forward SAM REINHART has been named to the TEAM CANADA Selection Camp roster for the 2015 WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS in TORONTO and MONTREAL...REINHART is one of 14 WHL invitees on the 29-player roster...REINHART is six points behind JARRET STOLL for the franchise lead in career regular season points…STOLL recorded 286 total regular season points during his career with the ICE…Defenseman RINAT VALIEV has also been named to the TEAM RUSSIA Selection Camp roster for the WORLD JUNIORS...Forward TIM BOZON recorded his 250th career WHL point November 30 at EVERETT...Forward LUKE PHILP registered his 150th career WHL point November 29 at SEATTLE...Forward ZAK ZBOROSKY put up his first career multi-assist game December 6 at SPOKANE (two assists)…KOOTENAY led all WHL teams in points during the month of November with 20 (10-2-0-0)…The ICE is one of two teams (PORTLAND) with three active players with 200 or more career WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE points (REINHART, BOZON, JAEDON DESCHENEAU)...KOOTENAY is one of five WHL teams (PRINCE ALBERT, PRINCE GEORGE, TRI-CITY and VANCOUVER) who remain undefeated in overtime and in shootouts this season...Tonight's game marks the sixth consecutive outing for the ICE against U.S. DIVISION opponents.
SCORING STREAKS: SAM REINHART has recorded at least one point in each of his 13 games with KOOTENAY this season (8-18-26)...JAEDON DESCHENEAU has recorded points in his past 12 games (8-11-19)...TIM BOZON has registered points in his last six games (4-5-9).
INJURY: Defenseman DYLAN OVERDYK will be out of the KOOTENAY lineup indefinitely with an upper body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 30 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 15-13-2-0, after 31 games 15-14-2-0 and after 32 games 16-14-2-0.
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).