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GAME DAY | ICE’s seven-game home stand continues against Hurricanes

Cranbrook, B.C. – The Kootenay ICE (20-23-3-0) continue their season-long seven-game home stand by welcoming the Lethbridge Hurricanes (22-20-4-0) to Western Financial Place (WFP) on Tuesday.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.

This is the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams and the second at WFP.

ICE PREVIEW

2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Alec Baer (18)
Assists: Colton Kroeker, Peyton Krebs (29)
Points: Colton Kroeker (39)
PIMS: Jonathan Smart (45)
Plus/Minus: Martin Bodak (+4)
Wins: Matt Berlin (12)

The ICE are coming off a 5-1 defeat to the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday, January 19. The ICE found themselves trailing 4-0 after the first period, and despite finishing the game with 44 shots on net, couldn’t claw their way back into the game. Sebastian Streu potted the lone goal for the ICE at the 4:43 mark of the second period, while goaltender Matt Berlin, making his first start as a member of the ICE, made 15-saves.

ICE captain Colton Kroeker has been on a roll lately, collecting 10 points (3G, 7A) in his last 10 games.

Through 46 games this season, the ICE have amassed 43 points, which is good for third in the Central Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference.

The ICE are 3-6-1-0 in their last 10 games and have a home record of 11-8-2-0.

Milestones:

– Colton Veloso played his 200th career WHL regular season game on January 17 against Medicine Hat.
– Michael King played his 100th career WHL regular season game on January 19 against Edmonton.
– Jonathan Smart is one assist away from reaching 50 career WHL assists.
– Dallas Hines his two assists away from reaching 50 career WHL assists.

HURRICANES PREVIEW

 2017/18 Club Leaders:
Goals: Jordy Bellerive (29)
Assists: Calen Addison (40)
Points: Jordy Bellerive (63)
PIMS: Matthew Stanley (55)
Plus/Minus: Igor Merezhko, Ty Prefontaine (14)
Wins: Logan Flodell (29)

The Lethbridge Hurricanes wrap up a five-game road trip on Tuesday, January 23 against the Kootenay ICE. The Hurricanes are 2-1-1-0 on the road trip so far.

The ‘Canes are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Prince George Cougars on Saturday, January 20. The ‘Canes led 2-1 after the first period, but gave up three unanswered goals – including two less than 30-seconds apart in the middle of the final frame. The ‘Canes got goals from Keltie Jeri-Leon and Jake Elmer, while goaltender Logan Flodell made 28-saves.

Through 46 games this season, the Hurricanes have amassed 46 points, which is good for second in the Central Division and fifth in the Eastern Conference.

The ‘Canes are 6-3-1-0 in the last 10 games and have a road record of 9-12-2-0.

HEAD TO HEAD

This is the fourth meeting of the season between the ICE and the Hurricanes and second at Western Financial Place. These two teams have played three times since January 2.

The ICE are 0-3-0-0 against the ‘Canes this season, being outscored 15-2 during those three games. The previous meeting was a 5-2 victory for Lethbridge on January 13.

The ICE face the Hurricanes three more times this season – at home on February 12 and February 18 and on the road on February 17.

In the previous 11 meetings at Western Financial Place, the ICE are 5-6-0-0 against the Hurricanes. Overall, both home and away, the ICE are 9-15-0-0 in the last 24 games against the ‘Canes.

 

                                    ICE v HURRICANES COMPARISONS

CATEGORY ICE HURRICANES
PP 31-204 (15.2%) 50-179 (27.9%)
PK 32-157 (79.6%) 40-177 (77.4%)
GOALS FOR 137 169
GOALS AGAINST 181 163
STREAK L-1 L-1
HOME RECORD 11-8-2-0 13-8-2-0
AWAY RECORD 9-15-1-0 9-12-2-0
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