GAME DAY | ICE fresh off six-day break visit the ‘Canes for the second time this month
Cranbrook, B.C. – The Kootenay ICE (18-21-3-0) visit the Lethbridge Hurricanes (19-19-3-0) Saturday night – the third meeting of the season between these two Central Division rivals.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST.
The ICE are coming off a six-day break and should be well rested heading into Saturday’s contest.
After finishing 2017 on a five-game winning streak, the ICE have now lost five in a row and are still searching for their first victory of 2018.
The ICE have a new face in the line-up – ’98-born netminder Matt Berlin, who was acquired from the Seattle Thunderbirds on Monday. On the same day, the ICE sent ’99-born goaltender Bailey Brkin to the Spokane Chiefs.
The ICE are led in scoring by ’97-born forward Colton Kroeker, who has 36 points (9G, 27A) this season. Kroeker is followed by ’01-born forward Peyton Krebs, who has 35 points (9G, 26A).
ICE ’98-born defenceman Martin Bodak is expected to be back in the line-up for the first time since December 9. Bodak was recently representing Slovakia at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship.
The ICE have 39 points this season, good for third in the Central Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.
The ICE are 5-4-1-0 in their last 10 games and have a road record of 8-14-1-0.
The Lethbridge Hurricanes enter Saturday’s contest on a winning note after sweeping a home-and-home series with the Red Deer Rebels.
Their latest victory came Friday night in Red Deer, where they battled to a 6-4 win. Newly acquired ’01-born forward Logan Barlage scored two goals in the game – his second as a member of the ‘Canes.
The ‘Canes are a different looking team than they were on January 2 when the ICE last played Lethbridge. Days before the WHL Trade Deadline, the ‘Canes shipped out ’97-born forward Giorgio Estephan, ’98-born goaltender Stuart Skinner and ’98-born forward Tanner Nagel to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for a number of pieces and draft picks including Barlage.
1999-born forward Jordy Bellerive leads the team in points with 57 (25G, 32A) through 40 games. Bellerive collected three points in the ‘Canes victory over the Rebels Friday.
The Hurricanes have 41 points this season, which is good for second in the Central Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference.
The ‘Canes are 5-4-1-0 in their last 10 games and have a home record of 12-8-2-0.
HEAD TO HEAD
This is the third meeting of the season between the ICE and the Hurricanes and the second in the last 12 days at the ENMAX Centre.
In the previous 12 games against the Hurricanes in Lethbridge, the ICE are 4-8-0-0.
These two teams play four more times before the 2017-18 season is complete. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 23 at Western Financial Place.
ICE v HURRICANES COMPARISONS
|PP||27-182 (14.8%)||50-163 (30.7%)|
|PK||31-144 (78.5%)||38-152 (75.0%)|