ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 22-22-0-1 record (13-8-0-0 at home, 9-14-0-1 on the road, 5-0 in overtime, 1-1 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY will visit EDMONTON January 22 before returning home to host SWIFT CURRENT January 24.
ROSTER BREAKDOWN: KOOTENAY is currently carrying 24 players (two goaltenders, nine defensemen and 13 forwards)...The ICE roster is made up of three 1994-born players, 11 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: Forward LUKE PHILP leads the ICE in home scoring with 25 points (8-17-25)...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU is ranked second (12-12-24)...KOOTENAY holds aN 18-8-0-0 lifetime record versus VANCOUVER (7-5-0-0 at home, 11-3-0-0 on the road, 2-0-0 in overtime)...Tonight's game marks the only meeting this season between the ICE and GIANTS...Forward SAM REINHART surpassed JARRET STOLL for the ICE franchise lead in career regular season points January 17 at SASKATOON…REINHART now has 287 career points (111-176-287) in 223 games...DESCHENEAU is one goal away from 100 career regular season tallies…PHILP recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season (two goals) January 16 at PRINCE ALBERT…PHILP has amassed seven points (3-4-7) in his past five games…PHILP is two games shy of 200 career regular season games played...Forward AUSTIN VETTERL is three appearances short of 250 career regular season games played…Forward LEVI CABLE is two points shy of 100 career WHL points...Forward JON MARTIN surpassed 300 career penalty minutes January 14 at MOOSE JAW…Forward TIM BOZON is four assists shy of 150 in his WHL career.
INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup four to six months with an upper body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 45 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 21-20-2-2, after 46 games 22-20-2-2 and after 47 games 23-20-2-2.
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 JEFF INGRAM and TREVOR SHIVELY...The Linesmen are TYLER JENSEN and SCOTT SHARUN.