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PRE-GAME REPORT presented by St. Eugene | ICE host Blazers on Teddy Bear Toss Night

Cranbrook, B.C. – The Kootenay ICE (7-21-5-1) host the Kamloops Blazers (12-14-2-1) for the first and only time this season on Friday, December 14.

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

Friday’s game is the annual Teddy Bear, Toque & Mitten Toss Night presented by A&W, where fans in attendance are encouraged to toss teddy bears, toques, mittens, pajamas and thermal underwear (long johns) on to the playing surface when the ICE score its first goal of the game. Read more about the game by clicking the link provided >> CLICK HERE

In addition, ALL kids under the age of 12 will receive FREE admission to the game.

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

 

ICE PREVIEW

ICE 2018-19 Club Leaders:
Goals: Peyton Krebs, Jaeger White (12)
Assists: Peyton Krebs (23)
Points: Peyton Krebs (35)
PIMS: Jonathan Smart (39)
Plus/ Minus: Holden Kodak (-2)
Wins: Duncan McGovern (6)

The ICE are coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Kelowna Rockets on Tuesday, December 11. The ICE received a goal from Cole Muir, assisted by Jakin Smallwood and Jonathan Smart. Goaltender Jesse Makaj stopped 27-of-30 shots. The Rockets got two goals from Leif Mattson and the other from Kyle Topping. Both teams registered 30 shots. The ICE went 0-for-3 on the power play, 1-for-4 on the penalty kill and won 34-of-61 face-offs.

The ICE have amassed 20 points this season, which is good for sixth in the Central Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference.

The ICE have a home record of 5-12-2-0.

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

ASSISTS

  • ’98-born defenceman Dallas Hines is two assists away from 50 career WHL assists.
  • ’98-born forward Jaeger White is one assist away from 50 career WHL assists.

POINTS

  • ’01-born forward Peyton Krebs is five points away from 100 career WHL points.

GAMES

  • ’98-born defenceman Martin Bodak is six games away from 100 career WHL regular season games played.
  • ’98-born forward Jaeger White is 13 games away from 200 career WHL regular season games played.

ICE STREAKS:

  • ’01-born forward Peyton Krebs has 10 points in his last 11 games (6G, 4A).
  • ’01-born forward Cole Muir has three points in his last three games (2G, 1A).
  • ’01-born forward Jakin Smallwood has three points in his last three games (1G, 2A).
  • ’00-born forward Brad Ginnell has five points in his last six games (1G, 4A).
  • ’98-born forward Jaeger White has five points in his last six games (1G, 4A).

 

BLAZERS PREVIEW

Blazers 2018-19 Club Leaders:
Goals: Zane Franklin (17)
Assists: Orrin Centazzo (19)
Points: Zane Franklin (34)
PIMS: Zane Franklin (47)
Plus/ Minus: Connor Zary (+8)
Wins: Dylan Ferguson (7)

The Kamloops Blazers visit the Kootenay ICE for the first and only time this season on Friday, December 14. It is the Blazers first trip to Cranbrook since December 17, 2016. Currently, the Blazers are in the middle of a six-game road swing where they play all six Central Division teams. The Blazers have already faced Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Medicine Hat. The Blazers are 0-3-1-0 on the road trip. The next home game for the Blazers won’t be until December 28 against the Kelowna Rockets. Heading into Friday’s game, the Blazers are fourth in the B.C. Division and eighth in the Western Conference.

The Blazers are coming off of a 4-2 loss to the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday, December 12. The Blazers received goals from Connor Zary and Brodi Stuart, while Martin Lang, Zane Franklin and Orrin Centazzo picked up the assists. Goaltender Dylan Ferguson stopped 31-of-35 shots. The Blazers outshot the Tigers 38-35. They went 0-for-2 on the power play, 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and won 27-of-63 face-offs.

The Blazers have collected 27 points this season, which is good for fourth in the B.C. Division and eighth in the Western Conference.

The Blazers have a road record of 7-8-1-1.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

This is the first and only meeting of the season between the ICE and the Blazers. The last time these two teams met was December 3, 2017 in Kamloops, which turned out to be a 4-0 victory for the ICE. The last time these two teams played in Cranbrook was on December 17, 2016, an 8-1 win for the visitors.

The ICE are 1-2 in its last three meetings with the Blazers.

 

                            ICE v BLAZERS COMPARISONS

CATEGORY ICE BLAZERS
PP 27/143 (18.9%) 30/124 (24.2%)
PK 82/119 (68.9%) 107/137 (78.1%)
GOALS FOR 89 93
GOALS AGAINST 154 94
STREAK L-12 L-4
HOME RECORD 5-12-2-0 5-6-1-0
AWAY RECORD 2-9-3-1 7-8-1-1

 

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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