Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saskatoon 3 Kootenay 2

From Chris Wahl ...
Wyatt Sloboshan broke a 2-2 tie with ten seconds remaining in the third period to lift the Saskatoon Blades to a 3-2 victory over the Kootenay ICE Saturday.

ICE captain Sam Reinhart scored late in the third period, and in doing so surpassed Jarret Stoll for the franchise lead in career regular season points with 287.

Kootenay, playing for the third time in four days, opened the scoring late in the second period when River Beattie tapped a rebound through the legs of Saskatoon goaltender Brock Hamm. Beattie's goal came at the end of a sequence that saw a pair of ICE players hit goalposts, and the visitors took the 1-0 lead to the second intermission.

The Blades responded early in the third period with a pair of goals 64 seconds apart. Josh Uhrich tied the game on a breakaway at 4:23 before a Nolan Reid point shot hit a body in front of Kootenay netminder Wyatt Hoflin and deflected into the goal.

Saskatoon held its lead until Reinhart's record-breaking goal at 17:09. The 19 year-old collected a pass from linemate Jaedon Descheneau and snapped his 10th goal of the season past Hamm.

Sloboshan, who scored twice when the two sides met a week ago at Western Financial Place, reclaimed the lead for the home side at 19:49 of the third period.

Hamm, making his second career WHL start, stopped 26 of 28 shots in goal for the Blades.

Hoflin made 29 saves for the ICE.

Reinhart takes over the franchise lead in points after 223 regular season games played with the ICE. His 176 assists are also a club record. Nigel Dawes remains Kootenay's all-time goals leader with 159 tallies.

UP NEXT: the ICE return home for a matchup with the Vancouver Giants Tuesday, January 20th. Join us for 2 For 1 Tuesday, with deals on walk-up tickets and select concession items. Visit the ICE office inside Western Financial Place or call (250) 417-0322 for details.