Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kootenay 5 Lethbridge 2

From Chris Wahl ...
Matt Alfaro scored twice as the Kootenay ICE defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-2 Tuesday at Enmax Centre.

The ICE scored three goals in the first 7:08 of the third period to break the game open as Kootenay moved two points up on the Edmonton Oil Kings for the first wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

The two sides trudged through a scoreless opening frame, with the ICE outshooting Lethbridge 7-6. Kootenay put home the opening goal at 11:33 of period two, as Levi Cable set up linemate Austin Vetterl from behind the net.

Alfaro scored a similar goal from the slot on a setup from Tim Bozon minutes later before Hurricanes forward Mike Winther chipped in for Lethbridge from close range with 2:01 left in the period.

The ICE started the third period with a bang, as Bozon ripped home a power-play goal just eight seconds into the frame. Troy Murray added a fourth Kootenay marker a minute and a half later, as he snuck in from the point and snapped his third goal of the year past Hurricanes goalkeeper Jayden Sittler.

Alfaro made it a 5-1 scoreline on an ICE power-play at 7:08.

Winther added a second goal for Lethbridge with 6:55 to play, as he fired a wrist shot from the slot.

Wyatt Hoflin made 17 saves to collect the victory for Kootenay, while Sittler stopped 33 shots for the Hurricanes.

Alfaro's three points Tuesday matched a career high.

Bozon's goal eight seconds into the third period equaled a franchise record for fastest goal from the start of a period (away), first set by Steve McCarthy during the 1998-99 season.

UP NEXT: the ICE return home Friday to host the Edmonton Oil Kings on Western Financial Group "Pink the Rink" night. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game as a statement against bullying. For more information or to secure your seats, visit the Kootenay ICE office or call (250) 417-0322.