ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 26-23-0-1 record (16-8-0-0 at home, 10-15-0-1 on the road, 5-0 in overtime, 1-1 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY, winners of four of the last five games, will continue its seven-game home stand versus KELOWNA January 31.
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 31 points (10-21-31)…Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU is ranked second (14-15-29)...KOOTENAY holds a 36-24-4-2 lifetime record versus REGINA (20-8-2-2 at home, 16-16-2-0 on the road, 5-3-2-2 in overtime)...Tonight marks the third of four meetings this season between the ICE and PATS with each team holding a 1-1-0-0 record in the season series...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, and three assists short of 150 career helpers...DESCHENEAU has scored ten goals in 13 career games versus REGINA...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 is one assist away from 150 in his WHL career…Forward AUSTIN VETTERL played in his 250th career WHL regular season game January 24 versus the BRONCOS...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH is one game away from 200 career WHL regular season appearances...The next ICE win will be the 700th in club history dating back to the inaugural 1996-97 season in EDMONTON (699-516-131).
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 nine games (2-9-11)…TIM BOZON (6-3-9) and LEVI CABLE (3-3-6) have each recorded points in four straight games...ZAK ZBOROSKY is riding a three-game point streak (2-2-4).
ONE YEAR AGO: After 50 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 25-21-2-2, after 51 games 26-21-2-2 and after 52 games 27-21-2-2.
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).
TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS: The Referees for tonight’s game are KYLE KOWALSKI and DEREK ZALASKI...The Linesmen are MICHAEL BOISVERT and JIM MANIAGO.