Ice cooled by 7-4 road loss in Seattle

Kootenay stumbles out of the gate during their first extended road trip of the season.

Playing catch-up was too much for the Kootenay Ice, as the Thunderbirds built on an early lead to win 7-4 on home ice in Seattle on Wednesday night.

The T-Birds led 3-1 going into the final period, which is when the bulk of the scoring happened, as Kootenay had it’s three-game win streak broken.

The Ice were dominant in different parts of the game, but Seattle’s goaltender, Brandon Glover, stood fast.

“We were getting pucks to the net but we needed more opportunities off of those,” said Ice assistant coach Chad Kletzel, “and when we do get an opportunity, making sure we bear down and put the puck in the net.”

Kootenay put 40 shots on Glover, who made 36 saves, while Mackenzie Skapski allowed six goals in 32 shots for the Ice.

Seattle capitalized once on the man-advantage in three opportunities, while Kootenay was denied on all three of theirs.

“When we had good shifts and played the system, we were very successful, but we need to make sure that we have more guys working as a unit,” said Kletzel. “We need everyone playing within the system and playing within the best of their ability to make sure we put ourselves in good situations to win games.”

The T-Birds had the best chance to score early, as Skapski bobbled a save, but Seattle couldn’t collect the puck and put it into the net.

However, the T-Birds struck first, when import Roberts Lipsbergs finished on a pretty three-way passing play seven minutes into the period.

The T-Birds doubled the lead three minutes later, when Connor Honey beat Skapski top corner stick side on a three-on-one rush into the zone.

However, the Ice had their chances, with Martin putting a backhand a hair wide of the post during a scramble in front of Glover.

But Kootenay did capitalize 30 seconds after Honey’s goal, when Zach McPhee beat Glove low stick side on a breakaway.

The T-Birds managed to score an early power play goal in the second period, as Riley Sheen tipped a shot by Skapski.

However, the Ice took control of the game for the latter half of the period, as the line of Collin Shirley, Sam Reinhart and Luke Philp caused a lot of misery in the offensive zone, but no goals resulted.

The third period was the decider of the contest, as the goal lamps flickered on seven separate times.

Jakub Prochazka scored his first career WHL goal, picking up a fat rebound off a shot from Levi Cable.

However, Seattle responded twice with two quick goals from Luke Lockhart that were scored roughly a minute and a half apart.

Ice defenceman Tanner Muth took a high sticking minor penalty, but Jordyn Boyd managed to score shorthanded after working some magic with Jaedon Descheneau.

Down 5-3, the Ice kept trying to play catch-up, but it was the T-Birds who scored, off a goal from Justin Hickman, to restore a three-goal lead with five minutes to go.

Boyd got his second of the night with two minutes  left in the game, but Alexander Delanov potted the empty netter.

The Ice continue their swing through the U.S division this weekend, with stops in Portland on Friday and Everett on Saturday.

Just Posted

Leafs season ends in Game 6

Nelson fell 2-1 in double OT to the Kimberley Dynamiters

One in custody after firearm complaint at a Cranbrook golf course

On March 22nd, 2018 at 6:47 pm Cranbrook RCMP, with the assistance… Continue reading

Kimberley Cranbrook highland dancers win numerous medals in Calgary

Students of Liela Cooper and Hali Duncan travelled to Calgary last weekend… Continue reading

Kimberley’s PeeWee team wins provincial championship

Kimberley’s PeeWee team are Provincial A champions. The provincial tournament took place… Continue reading

Dynamiters take game five

Series moves to Nelson for game 6

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Canadian cities hold March for our Lives events in wake of Florida shooting

Hundreds of people support the massive March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

Health officials called after acid spill near B.C.-Alberta border leaks into creek

Tanker truck crashed south of Dawson Creek, spilling 17,000 litres of hydrochloric acid

Embattled band Hedley plays last show in B.C. before hiatus

About 3,000 tickets had sold for final performance at Kelowna’s Prospera Place

Trudeau to exonerate B.C. First Nations chiefs hanged in 1860s

Prime Minister to absolve Tsilhqot’in chiefs in relation to deaths of 14 construction workers

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

Most Read