Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kootenay 6 Medicine Hat 3

From Chris Wahl ...

Five goals in the final nine minutes of the second period helped the Kootenay ICE to a 6-3 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers Wednesday at Western Financial Place.

Six different ICE skaters found the back of the net, with defenseman Rinat valiev and forward Levi Cable leading the attack with three points each as Kootenay snapped a three-game winless streak.

Cable, appearing in his 250th game with the ICE, got things started 59 seconds into the game, as he tapped a rebound past a prone Medicine Hat netminder Marek Langhamer for his 24th goal of the season.

The one-goal lead held up until early in the middle frame, when Tigers leading goal-getter Cole Sanford put home his 44th tally of the season on a two-man advantage.

Kootenay tested Langhamer with 18 shots in period two, and reclaimed the lead with 8:53 remaining when a shot from Valiev took a deflection and went in.

First-year forward Vince Loschiavo chipped in with a third ICE goal 22 seconds later before Tim Bozon snapped home his 22nd goal of the season shortly thereafter.

Sam Reinhart and Jaedon Descheneau wound down the period with goals 1:45 apart in the latter stages of the period as Kootenay took a 6-1 lead into the second intermission.

Chad Butcher and Markus Eisenschmid added consolation goals in the third period for the Tigers, who outshot the ICE 34-32 on the night.

Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin made 31 saves Wednesday, while Langhamer stopped 19 of 25 shots for Medicine Hat before being replaced by Nick Schneider at the start of the third period.

UP NEXT: the ICE play host to the Moose Jaw Warriors Friday at Western Financial Place. Game time is 7:00 pm.