ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week'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) and in fourth place in the CENTRAL DIVISION and seventh place in the new playoff wildcard standings...KOOTENAY, winners of four consecutive contests, will visit LETHBRIDGE January 28 before opening a seven game home stand January 30 versus REGINA.
THE GREEN MEN: They've made national headlines and have been a staple at VANCOUVER CANUCKS home games for five years...Join us January 31 when we welcome SULLY and FORCE, the GREEN MEN as part of their 2015 FAREWELL TOUR presented by PACIFIC COASTAL AIRLINES...All photo and autograph donations go toward kidney cancer research at the CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY.
FAN BUS: The KOOTENAY ICE FAN CLUB has organized a FAN BUS to see the ICE take on the SPOKANE CHIEFS February 21...Bus trip packages are $55.00 for FAN CLUB members and $65.00 for non-members and include transportation and tickets to the game...For more information, visit the FAN CLUB TABLE during home games or contact CAROLIN at 250-417-6593.
DID YOU KNOW: Two KOOTENAY forwards were named last week to the NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING MIDTERM RANKINGS for the 2015 NHL DRAFT…ZAK ZBOROSKY was ranked 97th while LUKE PHILP was rated 191st among North American skaters…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)...Forward JAEDON 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...Forward LUKE 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...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 ICE 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.
Tuesday January 27 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Western Financial Place
Wednesday January 28 ICE at Lethbridge 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Thursday January 29 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Western Financial Place
Friday January 30 ICE vs. Regina 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Saturday January 31 ICE vs. Kelowna 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Tuesday, January 20 – Kootenay 4 vs. Vancouver 3 – Record 23-22-0-1 – Attendance: 2,194
1 - King (6) from Zborosky and Reinhart
2 - Philp (21) from Murray and Descheneau
3 - Beattie (4) unassisted
4 - Zborosky (13) from Reinhart
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (39 Saves, 3 GA)
Thursday, January 22 – Kootenay 5 at Edmonton 3 – Record 24-22-0-1 – Attendance: 10,396
1 - Bozon (15) from Philp and Descheneau (PP)
2 - Bozon (16) from King
3 - King (7) from Valiev and Reinhart
4 - Bozon (17) from Valiev (PP)
5 - Cable (20) unassisted (EN)
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (28 Saves, 3 GA)
Saturday, January 24 – Kootenay 5 vs. Swift Current 2 – Record 25-22-0-1 – Attendance: 2,147
1 - Philp (22) from Lishchynsky and Cable
2 - Descheneau (23) from Cable and Philp
3 - Vetterl (5) from Reinhart and Murray
4 - Vetterl (6) from Valiev and Chynoweth (SH)
5 - Zborosky (14) from Bozon and King
Goaltender: Wyatt Hoflin (22 Saves, 2 GA)
Sunday, January 25 – Kootenay 7 vs. Prince George 4 – Record 26-22-0-1 – Attendance: 1,970
1 - Bozon (18) from Reinhart and Lishchynsky
2 - Cable (21) from Descheneau and Philp
3 - Zborosky (15) from Bozon and Reinhart
4 - Descheneau (24) from Philp and Valiev
5 - Wellsby (1) from King and Beattie
6 - Cable (22) from Alfaro and Martin
7 - Bozon (19) from Descheneau and Philp (PP)
Goaltender: Keelan Williams (26 Saves, 4 GA)