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PRE-GAME REPORT presented by St. Eugene | ICE host Blades on Friday night

Cranbrook, B.C. – The Kootenay ICE (11-35-7-1) host the Saskatoon Blades (35-13-8-0) for the final time this season on Friday, February 15.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. MT.

Friday’s game is ICE Parent and Billet Recognition Night presented by Dean Cockell, Portfolio Strategies. The night will recognize the parents of current ICE players and the billets who have been part of the ICE organization for over 20 seasons. All parents and current ICE billets will be recognized on the ice during a special ceremony prior to the game.

Purchase tickets for Friday’s game by clicking the link provided >> CLICK HERE

 

ICE PREVIEW

ICE 2018-19 Club Leaders:
Goals: Jaeger White (21)
Assists: Peyton Krebs (42)
Points: Peyton Krebs (60)
PIMS: Davis Murray (58)
Plus/ Minus: Chase Hartje (+9)
Wins: Duncan McGovern (6)

The ICE are coming off of a 5-2 loss to the Spokane Chiefs on February 9. The ICE received two goals from Martin Bodak, while Peyton Krebs, Brad Ginnell and Chase Hartje added the assists. Bodak and Krebs led the way for the ICE with two points each. Goaltender Curtis Meger stopped 34-of-39 shots. The Chiefs got goals from Jack Finley (x2), Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Riley Woods and Bobby Russell. The ICE were outshot 39-31. They went 0-for-7 on the power play, 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and won 26-of-54 face-offs.

The ICE have amassed 30 points this season, which is good for sixth in the Central Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The ICE have a home record of 7-17-3-0.

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

GOALS

  • ’01-born forward Peyton Krebs is 14 goals away from 50 career WHL goals.
  • ’98-born forward Jaeger White is 14 goals away from 50 career WHL goals.

ASSISTS

  • ’01-born forward Peyton Krebs is 16 assists away from 100 career WHL assists.
  • ’99-born defenceman Chase Hartje is 13 assists away from 50 career WHL assists.
  • ’98-born defenceman Martin Bodak is 12 assists away from 50 career WHL assists.

POINTS

  • ’98-born forward Jaeger White is four points away from 100 career WHL points.

GAMES

  • ’01-born defenceman Zachary Patrick is 17 games away from 100 career WHL regular season games played.
  • ’00-born forward Austin Schellenberg is seven games away from 100 career WHL regular season games played.
  • ’00-born defenceman Marco Creta is 18 games away from 100 career WHL regular season games played.

ICE STREAKS:

  • ’02-born forward Connor McClennon has points in five of his last seven games (3G, 3A).
  • ’01-born forward Peyton Krebs has points in 10 of his last 11 games (4G, 9A).
  • ’01-born forward Cole Muir has three points in his last three games (1G, 2A).
  • ’99-born defenceman Chase Hartje has two points in his last two games (0G, 2A).
  • ’98-born defenceman Martin Bodak has three points in his last three games (2G, 1A).

 

BLADES PREVIEW

Blades 2018-19 Club Leaders:
Goals: Max Gerlach (35)
Assists: Dawson Davidson (54)
Points: Dawson Davidson (64)
PIMS: Riley McKay (117)
Plus/ Minus: Dawson Davidson (+22)
Wins: Nolan Maier (29)

The Saskatoon Blades visit the Kootenay ICE for the second and final time this season on Friday, February 15. The Blades have won five-straight games and have collected at least one point in eleven consecutive games. Currently, the Blades are in the middle of a four-game road stretch. They will visit Lethbridge and Brandon following tonight’s game. The Blades play 12 games in the month of February, tonight’s will be the eighth. Heading into tonight’s game, the Blades are second in the East Division and second in the Eastern Conference.

The Blades are coming off of a 6-3 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers on February 13. The Blades received goals from Max Gerlach (x2), Ryan Hughes, Eric Florchuk, Tristen Robins and Chase Wouters. Dawson Davidson pitched in with three helpers. Goaltender Nolan Maier stopped 25-of-28 shots for his 29th win of the season. The Blades outshot the Tigers 33-28. They went 2-for-4 on the power play, 4-for-6 on the penalty kill and won 33-of-67 face-offs.

The Blades have collected 78 points this season, which is good for second in the East Division and second in the Eastern Conference.

The Blades have a road record of 19-7-3-0.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

The ICE and the Blades meet four times during the 2018-19 regular season. The game on February 15 is the third meeting of the season between these two teams. The ICE visit the Blades on February 23.

The ICE are 2-4-1-0 in the last seven games against the Blades at Western Financial Place. Overall, both home and away, the ICE are 3-9-2-0 in the last 14 games against the Blades.

 

                       ICE v BLADES COMPARISONS

CATEGORY ICE BLADES
PP 44-230 (19.1%) 53-242 (21.9%)
PK 134-192 (69.8%) 150-190 (79.0%)
GOALS FOR 148 210
GOALS AGAINST 251 161
STREAK L-3 W-5
HOME RECORD 7-17-3-0  16-6-5-0
AWAY RECORD 4-18-4-1 19-7-3-0

 

LISTEN

The game can be streamed online by visiting 102.9 FM The Drive’s website. To listen to the game, click on the link provided >> CLICK HERE

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