ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 20-9-1-2 record (10-4-1-0 at home, 10-5-0-2 on the road, 0-1-2 in overtime) and in second place in the CENTRAL DIVISION and tied for fifth overall in the WHL… The ICE will play three of their next four games at home, including two this week (RED DEER – December 13, SWIFT CURRENT – December 16) to conclude their schedule before the Christmas break (December 17 – 26).
KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS:
December 17 to December 26 CLOSED
Tuesday December 27 8:30 am – End of Game
Wednesday December 28 8:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday December 29 8:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday December 30 8:30 am – End of Game
December 31 to January 2 CLOSED
Tuesday January 3 Regular office hours resume
GIFT CARDS: Get the gift that keeps on giving…The KOOTENAY ICE now have reusable and reloadable GIFT CARDS for any dollar amount…Your special someone can use the gift card to buy individual game tickets, FLEX PAKS or PLAYOFF PACKAGES…GIFT CARDS are available now at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE.
SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS: The sale of SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS continues…You get seven game certificates to use at your convenience – total flexibility…SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS are available in Adult, Senior, Student and Youth packages. Adults are $119.00, Seniors $91.00, Students $77.00 and Youth $63.00.
DID YOU KNOW: The ICE are 12-8-1-2 against the EASTERN CONFERENCE this season (7-3-1-0 at home, 5-5-0-2 on the road, 0-1-2 in overtime)…KOOTENAY is ranked seventh on the power play in the WHL at 23.6%…The ICE are third in penalty killing in the LEAGUE at 81.8%…NATHAN LIEUWEN, who is tied for first in the LEAGUE in save percentage (.931), is first in the WHL in goals against average (1.97)…SAM REINHART, who is tied for fourth in the LEAGUE for points by a rookie (9-20-29), is tied for eighth in the WHL for scoring the first goal of the game with four…MAX REINHART, who is tied for third in the LEAGUE for scoring the first goal of the game with five, is currently at CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SPORT CHEK SELECTION CAMP in CALGARY from December 10 – 14…JOHN NEIBRANDT is tied for eighth in the WHL in plus / minus with a plus 19…JOE ANTILLA became the sixth player in franchise history to play in 300 WHL career games on December 9 against MEDICINE HAT…DREW CZERWONKA, who played in his 200 WHL career game in MEDICINE HAT on December 10, needs to record four more points to reach 100 in his WHL career…JON MARTIN (TEAM WEST), SPENCER WAND (TEAM WEST), JAEDON DESCHENEAU (TEAM PACIFIC) and SAM REINHART (TEAM PACIFIC) have all been named to play in the 2012 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE in WINDSOR, ONTARIO from December 26 to January 4.
SCORING STREAK: JESSE ISMOND (1-3-4) has recorded at least a point in his last three games.
ONE YEAR AGO: After 32 games of the 2010-2011 season the ICE were 21-8-1-2, after 33 games 21-9-1- and after 34 games 22-9-1-2.
Tuesday December 13 ICE vs Red Deer 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
Wednesday December 14 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Thursday December 15 Practice 3:45 – 5:45 pm Cranbrook Rec Plex
Friday December 16 ICE vs Swift Current 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive)
December 17 – 26 Christmas Break
WEEK IN REVIEW:
Friday, December 9 – Kootenay 4 vs Medicine Hat 6 – Record 19-9-1-2 – Attendance: 3,053
1 – Pearce (10) from Ismond and McKinlay
2 – Hurley (2) from McKinlay and Hubic
3 – Leach (6) from M. Reinhart and Ismond
4 – McKinlay (6) from Benoit
Goalies: Nathan Lieuwen (9 Saves, 5 GA), Makenzie Skapski (13 Saves, 1 GA)
Saturday, December 10 – Kootenay 3 @ Medicine Hat 2 – Record 20-9-1-2 – Attendance: 4,006
1 – Neibrandt (1) from Descheneau
2 – Montgomery (10) from Descheneau and Benoit
3 – Czerwonka (9) from Paulsen and Ismond
Goalie: Nathan Lieuwen (31 Saves, 2 GA)