ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter tonight's action with a 34-29-1-3 record (20-12-1-1 at home, 14-17-0-2 on the road, 6-1 in overtime, 3-3 in shootouts)...Following tonight's contest KOOTENAY will play the next two games away from home beginning with a visit to RED DEER March 14.
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 LUKE PHILP leads the ICE in home scoring with 41 points (13-28-41)...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU is second with 39 points (16-23-39)...KOOTENAY holds a 65-41-9-2 lifetime record versus MEDICINE HAT (39-16-4-1 at home, 26-25-5-1 on the road, 5-7-6 in overtime)...LUKE PHILP recorded his 200th career point (goal) March 10 versus LETHBRIDGE...PHILP, who was named the STEEPLES CONSTRUCTION PLAYER OF THE MONTH for FEBRUARY March 6, is the 14th player in ICE franchise history to amass 200 points with the club...Forward JAEDON DESCHENEAU reached the 30-goal mark for the third consecutive season March 10 against the HURRICANES...DESCHENEAU is the fourth player in franchise history to put up three consecutive 30-goal campaigns (JARRET STOLL from 1999-2000 - 2001-02, NIGEL DAWES from 2002-03 - 2004-05, RYAN RUSSELL from 2004-05 - 2006-07)...Defenseman LENNY HACKMAN played in his 200th career WHL game March 7 against the TIGERS… Forward TIM BOZON and Defenseman RINAT VALIEV both appeared in their 100th games in an ICE uniform March 6 versus RED DEER…Forward LEVI CABLE scored his 27th goal of the season March 6 versus the REBELS, matching his total output from the previous three seasons combined…Goaltender WYATT HOFLIN is 24 saves shy of the franchise record for saves in a season (1,724), set by TIM WINTERS during the inaugural 1996-97 campaign in EDMONTON...Forward AUSTIN VETTERL is two appearances away from 200 games played with KOOTENAY...The ICE are 13-2-1-0 when scoring a power-play goal on home ice this season.
INJURY: Defenseman TANNER FAITH will be out of the ICE lineup three to five months with an upper body injury.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 67 games of the 2013-14 season the ICE were 38-25-2-2, after 68 games 39-25-2-2 and after 69 games 39-26-2-2.
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).
TONIGHT’S OFFICIALS: The Referees for tonight’s game are JASON CRAMER and MIKE LANGIN...The Linesmen are SEAN DONNELLY and MIKE ROBERTS.