Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kootenay 5 Regina 4 SO

From Chris Wahl ...
Jaedon Descheneau scored the deciding goal in the fifth round of the shootout as the Kootenay ICE slipped past the Regina Pats 5-4 Wednesday in Regina.

Descheneau fired a puck off the crossbar behind Pats goaltender Daniel Wapple and in as Kootenay collected points in their sixth consecutive game.

The ICE were forced to come from behind Wednesday, and fell behind 2-0 in the first period after goals from both Taylor Cooper and Pavel Padakin. Kootenay netminder Wyatt Hoflin made 13 saves in the opening frame.

The visitors found the scoresheet 2:17 into period two when River Beattie tipped home Rinat Valiev's point shot to cut the lead to 2-1.

After Regina's Sam Steel gave the hosts a 3-1 lead just past the six-minute mark, the ICE beat Wapple again after Descheneau was given time and space in front of the Pats goal at 8:25.

Kootenay captain Sam Reinhart tied the game at 3-3 with 33 seconds remaining in the middle period, as the ICE outshot Regina 14-9 in the frame.

Kootenay claimed their first lead of the night through Tim Bozon at 11:11 of the third period after he was sprung in on Wapple by Reinhart. Bozon's goal kept him neck-and-neck with Descheneau for the team lead in tallies with 29 on the season.

The Pats pressed for an equalizer, and forced overtime with 45 seconds left in regulation time when Connor Hobbs fired a point blast through heavy traffic in front of Hoflin.

Overtime produced no winner, and after Hoflin foiled five Regina shooters the ICE claimed the extra point thanks to Descheneau.

Hoflin, making his 100th career WHL appearance, stopped 32 shots Wednesday to collect his 31st victory of the season, while Wapple made 37 saves for the Pats.

Reinhart, Valiev and Austin Vetterl all had multi-point efforts for Kootenay. ICE forward Tim Bozon skated in his 250th career game.

Cooper led all scorers with a goal and two assists for Regina.

UP NEXT: the ICE will play two games in Brandon this weekend, beginning Friday night at 6:30 MT. The next home action for Kootenay is Friday, March 6th on Jersey off the Back Night versus the Red Deer Rebels. For ticket information, visit the ICE office inside Western Financial Place or call (250) 417-0322.