ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE finished the 2013-2014 regular season with a 39-28-2-3 record (22-11-0-3 at home, 17-17-2-0 on the road, 0-2 in overtime, 5-3 in shootouts) and in sixth place in the EASTERN CONFERENCE…The ICE finished the 2013-2014 regular season with a .500 or better record for a League record 15th consecutive season (KAMLOOPS BLAZERS – 1982 – 1996 – previous record)…KOOTENAY is in the playoffs for a 16th consecutive season (longest active streak in the WHL) and will be facing the CALGARY HITMEN in the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL presented by KAL-TIRE.
TIM BOZON TRUST FUND: A Trust Fund has been set up for TIM BOZON to assist with medical and rehabilitation costs…Donations can be made at any BMO BANK OF MONTREAL in WESTERN CANADA…Donations outside of this area can be mailed to the WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE, c/o TIM BOZON, FATHER DAVID BAUER ARENA, 2424 UNIVERSITY DRIVE NW, CALGARY, AB, T2N 3Y9.
PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: KOOTENAY has a career playoff record of 86-68 (46-29 at home, 40-39 on the road, 23-11 in overtime)…JAGGER DIRK (28), ZACH FRANKO (20) and LANDON CROSS (18) lead the ICE in games played in the playoffs…KOOTENAY will face CALGARY in the post season for the fourth time in franchise history (1-2 career playoff series record).
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL: Games One (March 20th at 7:00 pm) and Two (March 22nd at 7:00 pm) of the EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL vs CALGARY presented by KAL-TIRE will be played on the road…Games Three and Four will played in CRANBROOK on Monday, March 24th and Tuesday, March 25th…The puck will drop for both games at 7:00 pm…Individual game tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 19th at the KOOTENAY ICE Office or by phone at 250-417-0322.
PLAYOFF PACKAGES AVAILABLE: 2014 playoff packages are still available for anyone to purchase at the KOOTENAY ICE Office…Eight game ticket packages are $160.00 for Adults, $128.00 for Seniors, $112.00 for Students, and $88.00 for Youth…The deadline to purchase your package is Tuesday, March 18th…For more information please call 250-417-0322.
DID YOU KNOW: The ICE were 4-2-1-1 against CALGARY this season (3-0-0-1 at home, 1-2-1-0 on the road, 0-1 in overtime, 0-1 in shootouts)…SAM REINHART (3-14-17), JAEDON DESCHENEAU (9-5-14) and LUKE PHILP (4-8-12) led the team in scoring against the HITMEN… SAM REINHART, who finished the regular season second in the WHL in assists with 69, set a franchise record for most assists in one season against CALGARY on March 14 (previous record – 66 – JARRET STOLL in 2000 – 2001)…REINHART, who recorded his 100th WHL career goal on March 14 against the HITMEN, became the second player in franchise history to reach 100 points in a season with 105 (106 – JARRET STOLL in 2000 – 2001)…REINHART, who played in his 200th WHL career game in EDMONTON on March 11, finished the season tied for fourth in the League in points with 105 (36-69-105)…JAEDON DESCHENEAU, who finished the regular season seventh in the League in points with 98 (44-54-98), was also seventh in goals scored with 44…MACKENZIE SKAPSKI, who finished the season sixth in the League in save percentage (.916), is third in franchise history for most games played by a goaltender with 141 (JEFF GLASS – 143, NATHAN LIEUWEN – 175)…AUSTIN VETTERL played in his 200th WHL career game on March 12 in RED DEER (VANCOUVER / KOOTENAY).
SCORING STREAKS: SAM REINHART (2-6-8), LUKE PHILP (3-4-7) and JAEDON DESCHENEAU (2-2-4) have each recorded at least a point in their last three games.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 72 games of the 2012-2013 season the ICE were 35-35-2-0.
Tuesday March 18 Practice 12:00 – 2:00 pm Western Financial Place
Wednesday March 19 Practice 12:00 – 2:00 pm Western Financial Place
Thursday March 20 ICE @ Calgary 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Friday March 21
Saturday March 22 ICE @ Calgary 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Tuesday, March 11 – Kootenay 0 @ Edmonton 1 – Record 37-26-2-2 – Attendance: 6,275
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (29 Saves, 1 GA)
Wednesday, March 12 – Kootenay 2 @ Red Deer 3 – Record 39-27-2-2 – Attendance: 4,451
1 – Descheneau (43) from Reinhart and Skapski
2 – Martin (10) from Reinhart and Philp
Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (25 Saves, 3 GA)
Friday, March 14 – Kootenay 4 vs Calgary 5 – SO – Record 39-27-2-3 – Attendance: 2,443
1 – Reinhart (35) from Dirk and Philp
2 – Philp (29) from Dirk and Reinhart
3 – Reinhart (36) from Valiev and Philp
4 – Philp (30) from Descheneau and Reinhart
Goalies: Mackenzie Skapski (13 Saves, 3 GA), Wyatt Hoflin (16 Saves, 2 GA)
Saturday, March 15 – Kootenay 3 @ Calgary 6 – Record 39-28-2-3 – Attendance: 14,070
1 – Philp (31) from Reinhart and Descheneau
2 – Vetterl (12) from Martin and Philp
3 – Descheneau (44) from Reinhart and Martin
Goalies: Mackenzie Skapski (8 Saves, 4 GA), Wyatt Hoflin (13 Saves, 2 GA)