KENNEWICK, September 11, 2015 – The Kootenay Ice defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in overtime Friday afternoon at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament in Kennewick.
Prior to the game against Kootenay the team announced the signing of Ian Briscoe and Connor Pyne to Standard WHL Player Agreements.
Briscoe, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was the team’s fifth round pick, 104th overall, in the 2014 Bantam Draft. Last season Briscoe played 31 games for the Winnipeg City Midget AAA Warriors. He had 21 goals and 33 assists for 54 points with 32 penalty minutes.
Pyne, from White City, Saskatchewan, was the team’s third round pick, 52md overall, in the 2015 Bantam Draft. Last season Pyne played 31 games with the Prairie Storm Bantam AA team. He had 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points and 52 penalty minutes.
The T-Birds will play the Tri-City Americans on Saturday at 7:05pm in their second game at the Red Lion Hotels’ Preseason Tournament.
Kootenay went in front 1-0 at 10:37 of the first period on a power-play goal from Zak Zborosky. Noah Philp had the only assist.
The T-Birds outshot the Ice 6-3 in the first period.
The Ice struck eight seconds into the second period to take a 2-0 lead. Drew Warkentine got the goal on an assist from Austin Wellsby.
Seattle outshot Kootenay 18-7 in the second period and led 24-10 in shots after two periods.
The T-Birds got on the board at 5:15 of the third period on a power-play goal from Nolan Volcan. Jared Hauf and Brandon Schuldhaus had the assists.
Nick Holowko tied the game 2-2 at 14:37 of the second. Luke Osterman and Schuldhaus were credited with the assists.
The Ice won the game at 3:01 overtime on a goal from Mario Grman. Vince Loschiavo and Connor Barley had the assists.
The T-Birds outshot the Ice 36-15 in the game. .
Taz Burman started in net for the T-Birds and stopped 12 of 15 shots in the loss.
Declan Hobbs was in net for Kootenay and he made 34 saves on 36 shots.
The T-Birds will conclude their preseason schedule with a home game against the Victoria Royals on Friday, September 18, at 7:35pm at ShoWare Center.
The T-Birds open the 2015-16 season in Vancouver against the Giants onFriday, September 25, at 7:30pm at Pacific Coliseum.
The T-Birds home opener for the 2015-16 season is Saturday, October 3, against the Prince George Cougars at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center.