Saturday, January 3, 2015

Kootenay 5 Red Deer 3

From Chris Wahl ...
Jon Martin scored twice, and Wyatt Hoflin made 37 saves as the Kootenay ICE defeated the Red Deer Rebels Friday at Enmax Centrium.

Kootenay scored three times in the second period, while Wyatt Hoflin stopped 38 of 41 shots as the ICE won for the 18th time in the past 23 games.

Kootenay scored the only goal of the opening period 12:39 into the game when Levi Cable tucked home his 17th tally of the season on a partial breakaway. Both sides had eight shots on goal in period one.

The Rebels stormed out of the gate in the second period en route to putting 21 total shots at ICE netminder Wyatt Hoflin, but it was the ICE who increased their lead just past the eight minute mark. Leading scorer Jaedon Descheneau batted a puck out of mid-air past Red Deer goaltender Rylan Toth to make the score 2-0 Kootenay.

Jon Martin and Brooks Maxwell exchanged goals 57 seconds apart before Martin added a second marker with 2:31 left in the period to give Kootenay a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Ryan Chynoweth poked home a rebound at the 4:44 mark of the third period to put the ICE ahead 5-1.

The Rebels answered with two goals in a 16-second span just past the midway mark of the third period. Riley Sheen tapped in a rebound to cut the Kootenay lead to 5-2 before Maxwell created a turnover moments later before cutting in alone on Hoflin to score his second goal of the game.

Hoflin, making his 27th consecutive start, recorded his 21st victory of the season.

Toth made 11 saves for Red Deer before being replaced by Taz Burman after the fourth ICE goal.

Martin finished the game with a game-high three points, while Matt Alfaro chipped in with two assists for Kootenay. Four of Martin's six goals this season have been scored at Enmax Centrium.

Descheneau and Tim Bozon both extended their respective point streaks to seven games.

UP NEXT: the ICE complete a string of four consecutive away games against Central Division opposition Saturday in Edmonton. Game time is 7:00 pm at Rexall Place.