ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 26-22-0-1 record (16-8-0-0 at home, 10-14-0-1 on the road, 5-0 in overtime, 1-1 in shootouts)...Following tonight's game KOOTENAY, winners of four consecutive contests, will open a seven-game home stand versus REGINA January 30.
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 JAEDON DESCHENEAU leads the ICE in road scoring with 29 points (10-19-29)…Forward LUKE PHILP is ranked second (12-13-25)...KOOTENAY holds a 70-41-6-11 lifetime record versus LETHBRIDGE (42-16-2-6 at home, 28-25-4-5 on the road, 8-12-6 in overtime)...Tonight marks the fourth of six meetings this season between the ICE and HURRICANES with KOOTENAY having won all three prior encounters...Forward AUSTIN WELLSBY scored his first career WHL goal (a game-winner) January 25 versus PRINCE GEORGE...Goaltender KEELAN WILLIAMS earned his first career WHL victory January 25 against the COUGARS (26 saves)...DESCHENEAU scored his 100th career WHL goal January 24 versus SWIFT CURRENT...DESCHENEAU is two points shy of 250 career WHL points...Forward LEVI CABLE collected his 100th career WHL point (assist) January 24 against the BRONCOS...Forward TIM BOZON tallied his 100th point with the ICE (assist) January 24 versus SWIFT CURRENT...BOZON recorded his fourth career hat-trick (and second with KOOTENAY) January 22 in EDMONTON...BOZON is two assists away from 150 in his WHL career…Forward AUSTIN VETTERL played in his 250th career WHL regular season game January 24 versus the BRONCOS...PHILP appeared in his 200th career WHL regular season game January 22 against the OIL KINGS…Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH is two games away from 200 career WHL regular season appearances...Forward SAM REINHART has recorded multi-point efforts in each of his last six games versus LETHBRIDGE (6-11-17)...The next ICE win will be the 700th in club history dating back to the inaugural 1996-97 season in EDMONTON (699-515-131).
INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the KOOTENAY lineup four to six months with an upper body injury.
STREAKS: SAM REINHART has collected points in each of his past eight games (2-10-12)…LUKE PHILP (4-6-10) and JAEDON DESCHENEAU (3-6-9) are both riding six-game point streaks...TYLER KING has points in his last four games (2-3-5)...TIM BOZON (5-2-7), LEVI CABLE (3-2-5) and RINAT VALIEV (0-4-4) have all recorded points in three straight games.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 49 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 25-20-2-2, after 50 games 25-21-2-2 and after 51 games 26-21-2-2.
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).