Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kootenay 3 Prince Albert 2 OT

From Chris Wahl ...
Zak Zborosky scored twice, including the game-winner with 56 seconds remaining in overtime as the Kootenay ICE defeated the Prince Albert Raiders 3-2 Friday at Western Financial Place.

Zborosky fired a wrist shot from the high slot after linemate Matt Alfaro dispossessed a Raider defenseman to give Kootenay its sixth extra-time win in as many tries this season.

The ICE jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when, on a Kootenay power-play Luke Philp tucked home his 13th goal of the campaign after a nifty setup from linemate Jaedon Descheneau.

Prince Albert, playing its sixth game in a seven-game road trip, responded before the opening frame was out. The Raiders tied the game just before the midpoint of period one when the puck caromed into the Kootenay goal off forward Darcy Zaharichuk, before Simon Stransky put the visitors ahead 1:04 later.

The ICE had nine power-plays Friday, and were able to equalize in the second period thanks to Zborosky 12:53 into the second period.

Kootenay appeared to take the lead five minutes later on a two-man advantage when Tim Bozon wired a Descheneau pass goalward, but video review confirmed the puck did not cross the goalline behind Raider netminder Rylan Parenteau.

The two sides combined for only 12 shots on goal in period three, and the ICE came close to winning early in overtime when Descheneau was sent in alone, but his snap shot was deflected over the net by Parenteau's left arm.

Zborosky's second marker proved decisive, however, as the 18 year-old's shot changed direction on its way through heavy traffic in front of Parenteau.

Kootenay has now scored a power-play goal in 11 of its last 13 games, while Zborosky recorded his first career multi-goal game and first overtime winning goal. The ICE are now 5-0 in overtime and 1-0 in shootouts this season.

Descheneau's first period assist was the 133rd of his career, moving him past Steve DaSilva into sixth all-time in franchise history.

UP NEXT: the ICE host the Edmonton Oil Kings Saturday (7:00, Western Financial Place) before concluding the pre-holiday portion of the schedule Tuesday at home versus Kamloops.