Prince George, B.C. – The Kootenay ICE (13-15-1-0) look for their second victory of a season long five-game B.C. road trip when they visit the Prince George Cougars (10-14-2-2) on Tuesday.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
The ICE are 1-1 on the trip so far – a 5-2 loss to Kelowna on Saturday and a 4-0 victory over Kamloops on Sunday.
The ICE are coming off their first shut out of the season. 2000-born goaltender Duncan McGovern made 27 saves to record his first WHL shut out. The ICE got goals from ’98-born defenceman Dallas Hines, ’99-born forward Sebastian Streu, ’98-born forward Vince Loschiavo and ’97-born forward Colton Veloso. ICE captain and ’97-born forward Colton Kroeker registered three helpers in the game.
With the win, the ICE have 27 points and sit third in the Central Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference. The ICE are tied in points with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and six points back of the Medicine Hat Tigers for first place in the division.
The ICE are one victory away from matching the total amount of wins they had last season.
Colton Kroeker has 27 points (7G, 20A), which leads the team. 1997-born forward Alec Baer is second with 24 (12G, 12A) and ‘01-born forward Peyton Krebs is third with 22 (5G, 17A).
The Cougars are in the middle of a five-game home stand – they finish it off with two home dates against the Victoria Royals on December 10 and 12. After that, the Cougars don’t play at home until January 5.
Entering Tuesday’s contest, the Cougars find themselves fifth in the B.C. Division and last in the Western Conference. The Cougars head into the game on a winning note, defeating the Vancouver Giants 6-2 on Saturday – that win snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Cougars are led by ‘98-born forward Kody McDonald, who has 27 points (15G, 12A). 1997-born forward Jared Bethune is second with 26 (9G, 17A) and ’98-born defenceman Dennis Cholowski is third with 24 (8G, 16A).
The ICE and the Cougars only face each other once every season.
The last time these two teams played was on October 26, 2016, a 5-2 victory for the Cougars at Western Financial Place.
The last victory the ICE claimed over the Cougars was on January 25, 2015, a 7-4 win on home ice.
Over the last five seasons, the ICE are 2-3 against the Cougars.
ICE v COUGARS COMPARISONS
|PP||18-127 (14.2%)||18-122 (14.7%)|
|PK||22-108 (79.6%)||21-116 (81.9%)|