Fire and Ice: Kootenay wins twice on the road

Brief trip into Saskatchewan yields some impressive results for the Kootenay Ice.

It may not have been home ice advantage, but Troy Murray, Tyler King and Zak Zborosky got to head back to their provincial stomping grounds to help the Kootenay Ice to a pair of wins in Saskatchewan this past weekend.

Kootenay skated away to a 6-1 thumping of the Regina Pats on Friday, and earned a 5-2 victory over the Broncos in Swift Current on Saturday night.

It’s only the second time this season the Ice have won three in a row, with a chance to keep the streak going against the Moose Jaw Warriors next Saturday.

Both games featured strong starts as the Ice were able to capitalize on their chances to get some early goals and build from there.

“Last night [Friday vs Regina], we had three breakaways we didn’t score on in the first period, and tonight [Saturday vs Swift Current] we had more chances in the first period,” said Ice head coach Ryan McGill. “I thought our two starts were spectacular and we generated some offence from those starts.”

The Ice coach noted that the team played simple and detailed hockey with a focus on good habits.

“During most games, obviously, there are going to be momentum shifts and we had a few blips this weekend,” said McGill, “but I thought we did a really good job of gaining momentum back by just being simple and playing the way we need to play, so that was a huge sign for us.”

Kootenay rode the confidence of their dominant performance against Regina into Swift Current, taking a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals from Sam Reinhart and Tim Bozon.

The Broncos responded in the middle frame from Nathan Burns and Glenn Gawdin, however, Jaedon Descheneau also netted a goal for the Ice.

Swift Current was still down a goal heading in the final period, and the Ice threw the salt in the wounds on a powerplay goal from Reinhart and a late marker from Luke Philp.

Ice goaltender Mackenzie Skapski made 34 saves while his team peppered 33 shots in the direction of Broncos netminder Landon Bow.

Reinhart’s second goal was the only powerplay goal in five chances with the man-advantage, while Kootenay denied Swift Current on all four chances with the man-advantage.

Earlier in Regina, the game between the Ice and the Pats was broadcast on Sportsnet and Kootenay again built up an early lead on the road to a 6-1 victory.

Zach McPhee score late in the first period, while Philp and Descheneau added goals in the second period.

Eventually, Dylan Hunt managed to get Regina on the board with a powerplay goal just after the halfway point of the frame.

But Kootenay’s offence kept on coming in the final period, with Austin Vetterl and Reinhart posting powerplay goals, while Ryan Chynoweth scored in the final two minutes of the game.

Skapski guarded the crease for the Ice, and had a relatively calm night with 22 saves.

Kootenay connected twice in three powerplay chances, while Hunt’s goal was the only marker in two opportunities with the man-advantage for Regina.

NOTES: The Pats’ roster features Kimberley native Isaac Schacher, who got the chance to face the Ice for the third time in his WHL career. Kootenay’s powerplay is on fire and ranked second in the league at 24.7 per cent. The Eastern Conference is in a logjam right now as the Ice are in seventh place and have a three-point gap to get to fourth place. Descheneau is fourth overall for goal scoring in the WHL, with 30 so far, however, Mitch Holmberg has a good grip on first overall with 42.


Just Posted

Interior Health is reporting a COVID-19 exposure at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley. Bulletin file.
COVID-19 case identified at Selkirk Secondary in Kimberley

Interior Health is conducting contact tracing

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League met for their AGM and announced a number of new initiatives, new awards and changes in their executive committee, as well as the starting date for the 2021-22 season. Paul Rodgers file.
KIJHL announces start dates for 2021-22 season

Season set to begin Oct. 1 with league still following all health guidelines

Calvin Dickson photo.
Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for East Kootenay

Conditions favourable for the development of thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain

The Independent Investigations Office of BC is looking into a Castlegar incident. File photo
Police watchdog investigating Castlegar incident

IIO: Woman sustained a reportedly self-inflicted injury

After being forced to cancel in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Wasa Triathlon is being organized for August. Bulletin file photo.
Information released for Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon scheduled for August

In 2020 the COVID pandemic forced the Gerick Sports Wasa Triathlon to… Continue reading

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Two hundred and fifteen lights are placed on the lawn outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Days after Kamloops remains discovery, Tk’emlups families gather to unite, move ahead

‘We have to work together because this is going to be setting a precedent for the rest of the country’

In this Saturday, May 29, 2021, file photo, people crowd the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif. California, the first state in America to put in place a coronavirus lockdown, is now turning a page on the pandemic. Most of California’s coronavirus restrictions will disappear Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
With COVID tamed, it’s a ‘grand reopening’ in California

No more state rules on social distancing, no more limits on capacity, no more mandatory masks

It’s hard out there for a billionaire

I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that while many, many people… Continue reading

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

B.C. ambulance station in Revelstoke is expected to get a new system called the Scheduled On-Call (SOC) this fall. (Liam Harrap - Revelstoke Review)
B.C. ambulance changes could put Revelstoke residents at risk, warn local paramedics

Paramedics said to expect a substantial increase in ambulance response time starting this fall

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Most Read