Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kootenay 4 Regina 3 OT

From Chris Wahl ...

Rinat valiev's goal 3:27 into extra time pushed the Kootenay ICE to a 4-3 victory over the Regina Pats Friday at Western Financial Place.

The Russian defenseman deflected ICE captain Sam Reinhart's shot from the high slot, then grabbed a rebound off the goalpost to deposit his seventh goal of the season and send Kootenay to its fourth consecutive home win.

The ICE held a 27-13 shot advantage on Regina through two periods, but could not solve Pats goaltender Daniel Wapple until the 15:19 mark of the second period, when forward Matt Alfaro deflected defenseman Tyler King's point shot into the Regina net.

Reinhart added a second Kootenay goal 39 seconds later after being sprung free on a breakaway by blueliner Cale Fleury, who launched a pass across two zones to send Reinhart past the Pats defense. The Buffalo Sabres' first-rounder rifled the puck over Wapple's left shoulder into the top corner of the net.

Austin Vetterl put the ICE ahead 3-0 on a late second-period power play before Regina captain Braden Christoffer got the visitors on the board with 1:09 remaining in the frame.

Regina struck again with 6:30 remaining in the third period, as forward Austin Wagner deflected a point shot through traffic to cut the Kootenay lead to 3-2.

Pavel Padakin tied the game 31 seconds later after finding a loose puck alone in front of ICE goaltender Wyatt Hoflin.

Neither side would find a regulation time winner, but Kootenay enjoyed a 3-0 shots on goal advantage in the overtime session, capped by Valiev's deciding goal.

Hoflin turned aside 24 shots for the ICE, while Wapple made 39 saves for the Pats.

Reinhart extended his point streak to ten games with a goal and an assist for Kootenay. King chipped in with two helpers while Alfaro also put up a multi-point effort.

Christoffer and defenseman Connor Hobbs both had multi-point nights for Regina.

The ICE improved to 6-0 in games decided by four-on-four overtime this season.

Kootenay forward Ryan Chynoweth appeared in his 200th WHL regular season game Friday.

UP NEXT: the ICE continue a seven-game home stand Saturday night against the Kelowna Rockets. Game time is 7:00 pm at Western Financial Place.