Tuesday, February 24, 2015

ICE Media Notes

ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 31-27-1-1 record (19-12-1-0 at home, 12-15-0-1 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 1-1 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY will continue a stretch of five consecutive away games February 25 at REGINA.

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 JAEDON DESCHENEAU leads the ICE in road scoring with 33 points (12-21-33)...Forward LUKE PHILP is ranked second with 29 points (14-15-29)...KOOTENAY holds a 35-30-5-2 lifetime record versus SWIFT CURRENT (22-12-2-1 at home, 13-19-3-1 on the road, 5-6-2 in overtime)...Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting this season between the ICE and BRONCOS with KOOTENAY holding a 2-1-0-0 record in the season series... Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN has been named the WHL nominee for the VAUGHN CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK for the week ending February 22...In three wins, HOFLIN posted a 1.00 goals-against average and .968 save percentage including a 29-save shutout February 21 at SPOKANE...HOFLIN, who is two appearances shy of 100 career games played, surpassed 5,000 career minutes played February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...Forward SAM REINHART became the first ICE player to reach 300 career points February 20 versus EDMONTON...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU played in his 250th career game February 20 against the OIL KINGS... Defenseman TANNER LISHCHYNSKY appeared in his 100th career game February 20 versus EDMONTON...Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH made his 100th appearance in a KOOTENAY uniform February 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward MATT ALFARO matched a career high with three points (two goals, one assist) February 17 against the HURRICANES...ALFARO also recorded his first career power play goal February 17 at LETHBRIDGE...The ICE matched a franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a period away from home (TIM BOZON, 0:08 third period) February 17 against the HURRICANES...The record was originally set December 18, 1998 by STEVE McCARTHY at RED DEER...BOZON is two appearances away from 250 career games played...KOOTENAY has scored on five of their last six power-play opportunities...The ICE are the only WHL team with four players at 25 or more goals this season (TIM BOZON, LEVI CABLE, JAEDON DESCHENEAU, LUKE PHILP).

STREAKS: JAEDON DESCHENEAU has recorded points in each of his last six games (3-8-11)...LUKE PHILP is riding a four-game point streak (3-4-7)...AUSTIN VETTERL has tallied points in each of his last three games (1-3-4).

INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup three to five months with an upper body injury.

ONE YEAR AGO: After 60 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 34-22-2-2, after 61 games 35-22-2-2 and after 62 games 35-23-2-2.

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).