Sunday, March 15, 2015

Kootenay 4 Red Deer 2

From Chris Wahl ...
Matt Alfaro's goal midway through the third period stood up as the deciding marker as the Kootenay ICE rallied to defeat the Red Deer Rebels 4-2 Saturday.

Kootenay erased a pair of one-goal deficits, and goaltender Wyatt Hoflin set a franchise record with his 35th victory this season as the ICE won for the third straight game.

The host Rebels opened the scoring late in the first period thanks to Brooks Maxwell, and would hold a 1-0 lead until the 9:21 mark of period two when Vince Loschiavo buried his sixth goal of the season.

Red Deer forward Scott Feser restored the lead at 2-1 three minutes later only to see his goal cancelled out by Kootenay's Austin Vetterl before the middle frame was out.

Alfaro, who put away two goals in Friday's victory over Medicine Hat, gave the ICE their first lead of the game 9:50 into period three, banking home a shot from a sharp angle to put Kootenay up 3-2.

Tim Bozon added an empty-netter for the ICE in the final minute of play, his team-leading 33rd goal of the season.

Kootenay goaltender Wyatt Hoflin made 33 saves to earn the win in goal, and in doing so broke a four-way tie with Dan Blackburn (1999-2000), Jeff Glass (2004-05) and Mackenzie Skapski (2012-13) for most victories by an ICE netminder in a single season.

Defenseman Tyler King and forward Jon Martin each had two assists for Kootenay.

UP NEXT: the ICE are next in action Wednesday at Lethbridge. Game time is 7:00 pm.