Saturday, February 21, 2015

Kootenay 4 Edmonton 1

From Chris Wahl ...

Sam Reinhart scored twice, and Wyatt Hoflin stopped 46 shots as the Kootenay ICE defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-1 on Western Financial Group Pink the Rink night Friday.

Reinhart's goal 7:10 into the third period stood up as the game-winner as the ICE captain became the first player in franchise history to reach 300 career points.

The Oil Kings opened the scoring just shy of the 13-minute mark of the first period through Luke Bertolucci, and held that advantage through much of the first fourty minutes.

Kootenay scored twice on the power play Friday, the first coming with 2:29 left in the second period as Levi Cable tallied his 25th goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1.

Reinhart then gave the home side the lead while the ICE were a man up in the third, collecting a back door pass from Luke Philp before snapping a puck past Edmonton netminder Tristan Jarry from the left wing.

Philp added insurance for Kootenay with 3:45 remaining in regulation time, before Reinhart rounded out the scoring with an empty-net goal with two seconds left to play.

The win was the 30th of the season for the ICE and fourth in six tries this season against the Oil Kings.

Kootenay goaltender Hoflin recorded his 29th victory of the campaign, while Jarry made 23 saves for Edmonton.

ICE defenseman Rinat Valiev led all scorers with three assists.

UP NEXT: Kootenay will play its next five games away from home, beginning with a matchup in Spokane Saturday. Game time is 8:05 pm.