ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 15-16-0-0 record (9-5-0-0 at home, 6-11-0-0 on the road, 4-0 in overtime, 1-0 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY, who has won 12 of its past 15 games, continues its five game home stand December 12 versus PRINCE ALBERT and December 13 against EDMONTON.
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 64-39-9-1 lifetime record versus MEDICINE HAT (38-15-4-1 at home, 26-24-5-0 on the road, 5-6-6 in overtime)...Tonight's game marks the third of seven meetings this season between the ICE and TIGERS...KOOTENAY is 1-1-0-0 versus MEDICINE HAT this season...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 five 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 JAEDON DESCHENEAU is tied with STEVE DASILVA for sixth among franchise career assist leaders (132)...Forward ZAK ZBOROSKY put up his first career multi-assist game December 6 at SPOKANE (two assists)…ZBOROSKY is three games short of 100 career WHL regular season appearances...Forward MATT ALFARO is four games shy of 100 career regular season games played...The ICE have scored a power play goal in ten of the past 11 games...KOOTENAY holds a 6-0-0-0 record this season when opening the scoring at home...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN set a franchise record for most saves in a shutout performance November 22 versus the TIGERS (48)...The previous record (45 saves) was set March 6, 1998 by CLAYTON POOL, also against MEDICINE HAT...HOFLIN is ranked second in the WHL in minutes played (1,624) and saves (797).
SCORING STREAKS: SAM REINHART has recorded at least one point in each of his 14 games with KOOTENAY this season (8-19-27)...JAEDON DESCHENEAU has recorded points in his past 13 games (8-13-21)...TIM BOZON has registered points in his last seven games (6-5-11).
INJURIES: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup week to week with an upper body injury...Defenseman DYLAN OVERDYK will be out of the KOOTENAY lineup week to week with an upper body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 31 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 15-14-2-0, after 32 games 16-14-2-0 and after 33 games 16-15-2-0.
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 JASON CRAMER and CLAYTON HALL...The Linesmen are JEREMI DEL CAMPO and ANTHONY GUZZO.