Hitmen take out Ice

Kootenay suffers third-period collapse as Calgary scores three unanswered goals to earn 4-1 win at the Saddledome.

After righting the ship from a listless start, the Kootenay Ice gave up three goals in the final period to lose a 4-1 decision to the Calgary Hitmen at the Saddledome on Monday night.

Hitmen rookie Cal Babych and veteran Greg Chase led the way with a goal and an assist, while Calgary offence also came from Brady Brassart and Pavel Padakin. Kootenay’s lone goal came from Jaedon Descheneau, who scored his team-leading 26th marker of the season.

Mackenzie Skapski was hung out to dry, turning away 40 shots while his team put 28 pucks on Hitmen netminder Mack Shields.

“He [Skapski] played well, way too many shots,” said Ice assistant coach Jay Henderson. “He kept us in the game and gave us a chance in those first two periods to come out with some points and eventually, it caught up to us.”

Descheneau’s goal was on the powerplay, which was Kootenay’s lone goal in four chances with the man-advantage. Calgary scored twice in five opportunities on the powerplay.

Brassart opened the scoring in the first period, snapping home a one-timer for Calgary’s first powerplay goal, as the Hitmen dominated for most of the frame.

Jaedon Descheneau tied it up in the the second period, wiring a one-timer from Luke Philp on a Kootenay powerplay as the Ice turned the tables and held the edge for long stretches of play.

However, the wheels fell off in the final 20 minutes.

“In the second period, I though we played extremely well, 1-1 going into the third,”  said Henderson. “Then we got badly outplayed, badly outshot in the third period and we got what we deserved.”

Chase scored three minutes into the period on a wrap-around after Skaspki lost his balance in the crease.

Padakin made it a two-lead on the Hitmen’s second powerplay goal five minutes later. Babych, the son of former NHLer Dave Babych, added his first career WHL goal to make it 4-1 with 4:43 remaining in the game.

The loss drops the Ice down to eight place in the Eastern Conference, however, it’s a log jam with two points separating fifth from eighth.

Kootenay returns home for a few days before heading up to Medicine Hat on Thursday and hosting the Swift Current Broncos on Friday at Western Financial Place.

 

Just Posted

More burning prohibitions rescinded in southeast B.C.

Category 2 and 3 fires will be permitted in Southeast Fire Centre as of 1p.m. on Wednesday.

Know it All entertainment listings

Key City season Memberships for the upcoming season at Key City Theatre… Continue reading

Kimberley Terry Fox Run raises $1,150 for Terry Fox Foundation

The Kimberley Terry Fox Run took place on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018… Continue reading

Baseball bat assault sends one to hospital

Cranbrook police investigating after home invasion over the weekend

Kent Goodwin seeking third term

Four of Kimberley’s six current Council members are seeking re-election this October… Continue reading

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

21 new paramedics promised for B.C. Interior

A total of 18 new full-time paramedics will be hired for Kamloops and three are being hired for Chase.

Federal stats show slight increase in irregular migrant claims in August

113 extra people tried to cross the Canadian border last month

Work begins to remove cargo from grounded Haida Gwaii barge and fishing lodge

Westcoast Resorts’ Hippa Lodge broke from its moorings and ran aground early this month

Tilray to export cannabis formulation to U.S. for clinical trial

Marijuana remains illegal in most of the U.S.

Court of appeal grants injunction on Taseko’s exploratory drilling in B.C. Interior

The decision provides temporary protection and relief, said Chief Joe Alphonse

Volunteer crew ready to build ramps for B.C. amputee

Jean Moulton will soon have an easier time getting in and out of her home.

Most Read