ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 33-27-1-2 record (19-12-1-0 at home, 14-15-0-2 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY, who have collected points in seven consecutive outings, will return home to host RED DEER March 6.
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 36 points (14-22-36)...Forward LUKE PHILP is ranked second with 35 points (15-20-35)...KOOTENAY holds a 32-30-3-1 lifetime record versus BRANDON (17-15-2-0 at home, 15-15-1-1 on the road, 8-5-0 in overtime)...Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN has been named 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 made his 100th career appearance February 25 at REGINA...Forward SAM REINHART became the first ICE player to reach 300 career points February 20 versus EDMONTON...REINHART has 13 goals in 15 career games versus the WHEAT KINGS…Forward TIM BOZON made his 250th career appearance February 25 at REGINA…Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU scored his third shootout winner of the season February 27 at BRANDON…DESCHENEAU played in his 250th career game February 20 against the OIL KINGS...Forward AUSTIN VETTERL recorded his 100th career point (assist) February 25 versus the PATS...Defenseman TANNER LISHCHYNSKY scored his first goal with KOOTENAY February 24 at SWIFT CURRENT…LISHCHYNSKY appeared in his 100th career game February 20 versus EDMONTON…Defenseman LENNY HACKMAN registered his first point with the ICE (assist) February 24 versus the BRONCOS...HACKMAN is three games shy of 200 career appearances…Forward RYAN CHYNOWETH made his 100th appearance in a KOOTENAY uniform February 20 against the OIL KINGS... Defenseman RINAT VALIEV is two appearances short of 100 career games played…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…KOOTENAY has played three consecutive games decided by a shootout (2-0-0-1)…The ICE franchise record for consecutive shootout games is four (February 1-8, 2008) in which KOOTENAY posted a 3-0-0-1 record.
STREAKS: LUKE PHILP (4-9-13) and SAM REINHART (4-8-12) are both riding seven-game point streaks...TIM BOZON has tallied points in each of his last four games (3-2-5).
INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup three to five months with an upper body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 63 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 36-23-2-2, after 64 games 37-23-2-2 and after 65 games 37-24-2-2.
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).